Gluten and eczema - why it’s good to be gluten free

17 October 2018

Gluten and eczema can go hand in hand. Since looking at the way what I eat and drink can affect my skin, I decided to go gluten free. As with all things, while this worked for me it doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, but it’s certainly worth trying.

Gluten and eczema links

Gluten is a group of proteins found in products like wheat, barley and rye. It can be difficult to digest, causing bloating and other digestive problems. And there have been some links found between eczema and gluten intolerance or allergies. So it could certainly be worth trying to eliminate gluten from your diet for a while and see whether it makes a difference to your skin. The benefits of gluten-free eating have been very clear to me.

Lots of supermarkets now have ‘free from’ aisles, where you can find products like gluten-free bread. There are plenty of tasty gluten-free grains around too, like rice, buckwheat and quinoa, so it really isn’t too difficult to still enjoy delicious food that’s gluten free.

My favourite gluten-free products

There are some brilliant breakfast items out there, such as Erbology Gluten Free Tigernut Granola, Nutribrex, Nature’s Path Rice Cereal, Sprouted Oats by Rude Health, and Primrose’s Kitchen and Cacao Granola.

For lunch, my favourite brand is Amy’s Kitchen, who do a delicious range of gluten-free products like burritos, chilli, lasagne and soup.

And for some delicious treats such as my bounty bar and vegan cheesecake recipes, head over to my YouTube channel!

I have honestly found going gluten free pretty easy, and these days there are so many more options to choose from that if it works for you then there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy it too.

Lots of love, Camille xx

2 comments

  • Camille

    10 December 2018

    Hi Peter, Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me, honestly it means the world. Reading your story made me cry because I totally understand and empathise with how you have lived with the condition, especially when medicine wasn’t as advanced. I know what it is like to lose your self esteem and want to hide away from the world, I am sorry you had to go through that. I know that the physiological trauma that can be caused from the condition can stay and I work on my mental health daily with the use of gratitude journaling, affirmations and even get NLP when I feel my mind falling back and remembering the pain. Amazing how at the age of 21 (same age I hit rock bottom) we both decided to either fight or give up. I am so glad you have gained control and learnt to understand your condition and that you have gone on to have a very happy life and give your children a life beyond eczema too. You sound like an amazing human and I am honoured we have connected in this way. I totally agree with you, seeing the beauty in eczema and thanking it from showing us how strong we are is critical in living a life beyond it. Lots of love and positive vibes to you, your family and everyone around you. Camille xx

  • peter

    18 November 2018

    Dear Camille,, I am 53 years old and suffered chronic eczema from birth. Suffering eczema in the 1960s and 70s wasnt a pleasant thing and medicines weren't very advanced back then. (cold tar bandages) I was very physically disabled by my eczema and was in hospital quite regularly. My eczema affected the whole of my body from the top of my head to my feet. I was put into a 'special school' aged 7 because i could not walk due to the severity of my skin. As a teenager i too locked myself away and the only relief i got was from scratching. Of course this would then make the eczema significantly worse and the infections would start. You have few friends and your self esteem is non existent. You feel helpless, lifeless and a psychological mess. The psychological aspect of eczema leaves long term lasting damage. However, when i reached the age of 21 i decided that i couldn't let the condition control my life anymore. It was either this or the end of life. I slowly began to find out that my diet was strongly linked to my condition and that the family pets were also critical in this. I got my own home and began to experiment by cutting out specific foods. My life changed for the better forever. Listening to your story is like listening to my life. I used to let eczema control my life, now i control it. I still suffer today but know how to deal with outbreaks. I went on to get married and had four daughters. Three of which had severe eczema from birth. Using my personal knowledge of the condition and working with the NHS we managed to control my children's eczema and not let it destroy their lives like it did mine. All my girls are now grown up and are very successful. I am a primary school teacher and i have advised many parents whose children have the condition. If you need any support please get in touch. I wish you luck with your new venture and as you say we have to be thankful for our eczema because it makes us the string characters we are today. This has been my mantra for the last 30 years. All the very best. Peter

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