When I first started on my journey to clearing my KP naturally by addressing the underlying causes, I discovered certain foods that would flare up my KP.
If I avoided these foods, my KP would get dramatically better and reduced any new bumps from forming.
I discovered that two of my biggest triggers to my KP were gluten and dairy. I knew that dairy was a huge problem for me because I used to get severe abdominal cramping after drinking milk when I was younger. This happened without fail after I drank a glass of milk, or even had it in my cereal.
When I began to learn about how cow’s milk can affect the immune system (if sensitive or intolerant) when studying Naturopathy, I decided to give up milk and anything dairy related. At first I noticed that I didn’t get sick all the time (I had a shocking immune system when I was younger), I didn’t feel uncomfortable and sick in the stomach all the time and I noticed by Keratosis Pilaris wasn’t as bumpy.
I was SO thrilled with how much better I felt and I just couldn’t believe that something I was eating could have such a dramatic impact on my health. Especially something that we are taught is essential for optimum health.
My Experience With Eliminating Dairy And Wheat
After a couple of years into my Naturopathy degree, I tried giving up wheat and gluten rich foods after being told by a Naturopath that I may also have a problem with these foods.
I thought my world had turned upside down, when I soon discovered what foods wheat and gluten were in. It was very daunting and scary at first trying to find alternatives to the foods I usually ate – sometimes I felt like I was starving because I just wasn’t educated on what to replace my food with.
After getting the hang of eating dairy and wheat free, I began to notice a big difference in my overall health. It’s funny how you don’t realise how unwell you were until you start feeling normal!
On top of this I noticed the bumps on my legs and arms didn’t look as irritated and on some parts of my skin they were completely disappearing.
I was one happy girl! All that willpower and hardwork was beginning to pay off.
Just The Beginning
Eliminating dairy and wheat was the beginning of my journey to clearing my Keratosis Pilaris. It was the first step where I finally discovered that there was more to this skin condition than just a genetic predisposition.
It wasn’t the only cause to my KP that I soon found out as it didn’t completely eliminate my bumpy skin all together, but it was definitely a starting point for me that allowed me to find out how to dramatically reduce the appearance of my KP.
If you haven’t thought about food being a trigger to your Keratosis Pilaris, then I highly recommend you give it a go. But before you do, please make sure you are well aware of what foods to replace them with and are prepared with how to eat a balanced diet when eliminating a major food group.
Please let me know of your experiences with KP and food triggers in the comment box below.