This article on youbeauty.com explains the ill effects of wheat on skin for people with celiac disease, wheal allergy and for people in general because of its higher tendency to trigger higher blood sugar than other food items.
“Wheat, with its uncommonly high glycemic index, triggers higher blood sugar than nearly all other foods, thereby triggering insulin more than nearly all other foods” says Davis.
It turns out that even if you have flawless skin and no wheat allergy, you may want to look closely at the type of wheat products in your diet for the sake of your skin. “Wheat, with its uncommonly high glycemic index, triggers higher blood sugar than nearly all other foods, thereby triggering insulin more than nearly all other foods” says Davis.
However, 100 percent whole wheat bread has a much lower glycemic index than more processed breads and triggers a more moderate blood sugar response. Elevated insulin is linked to increased sebum production that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
What’s more, “Wheat can exert age-advancing skin effects, such as wrinkles and lost elasticity, through the formation of advanced glycation end products [AGEs].” An accumulation of AGEs in the body leads to visible signs of aging.
Still, there are many variables to consider before you blame wheat for your fine lines.
“The glycemic load of the wheat is affected by its form, preparation and the foods that accompany it when ingested,” Treloar explains. “If you eat white bread with nothing else, the blood sugar and insulin response will be fast and high. During that time, the sugar can bind to certain amino acids in collagen [the structural protein in the skin] and cause distortion in the structure and function of the collagen. It becomes an AGE.”
But wheat is just one of the foods that raises insulin levels and leads to AGE formation. Sugar and refined carbs do the same, and, ironically, many wheat-free bread products made with corn, rice and potato do not provide much greater blood sugar stability.
This article on wellsome.com explains that Gluten is a substance that wears out the body’s metabolic and immune reactions, making you appear old inside and out. By simply removing it from your diet plan, you get to replenish your life force, fight ageing and allow your natural processes to work as they were developed to do.
Wheat, rye and barley are recognized as the main sources of gluten and are highly discouraged among those who want to keep their vitality as well as adhere to a gluten free eating lifestyle.
But to understand how their consumption contributes to the ageing process, you have to look into three biological mechanisms – glycation, inflammation and oxidation.
Glycation pertains to the covalent bonding of lipid, protein and sugar molecules to keep them from being taken up. Conveniently, the outcome of this process are substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (abbreviated as AGEs) and they cause protein fibers to become malformed and stiff, leading to wrinkles, stiffness and poor organ performance
Inflammation is the body’s way of ridding itself of harmful stimuli and it involves a complex network of responses that cause pain, redness, swelling, heat and loss of function.
Oxidation pertains to the introduction of oxygen to different substances in living tissue. When gluten is oxidized in the body, the sulphur containing amino acids it possesses creates a bridge between the fibers and causes protein to harden.
There are plenty of benefits of drinking red wine — in moderation, that is. Just as red wine can stain your teeth and mess with your mouth, it can lead to your skin looking ruddy and lined.
The Symptoms: Pronounced lines or blemishes between the eyebrows, droopy eyelids, pronounced fine lines and wrinkles underneath the eyes, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across the cheeks, enlarged pores, a reddish skin tone, and deep nasolabial folds.
What It Means: “On top of the fact that it’s full of sugar — as well as potentially pesticides and sulphites — wine causes dehydration,” Dr. Talib told Good Housekeeping. She adds: Your body loses water, your liver is overworked, and your digestion can go “haywire” the day after indulging, leading your skin to look wrinkly, ruddy, and saggy.
The Symptoms: Swollen eyelids, under eye bags, darkness under the eyes, widespread acne and blemishes, pale cheeks, and concentrated pimples on the chin.
What It Means: Putting an extra splash of milk in your coffee or adding just one more scoop of ice cream to your sundae may be tempting, but Dr. Talib warns that it can seriously upset your complexion — even if you’re not lactose intolerant. “As you get older, you lose the enzymes that let you properly digest lactose,” says Talib. This leads to inflammation all over your body, including your face, which can appear tired and red.
The Symptoms: Lines and wrinkles on the upper forehead, sagging under the eyes, widespread blemishes and pustular or cystic acne, gaunt appearance, thinning of the skin, dark gray or pasty white hue to the complexion.
What It Means: It’s no secret that consuming a bunch of sugar on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your weight, energy, and overall health, but it can also mess with your skin. Sugar leads to glycation, a process in which excess glucose molecules cling to your collagen, distorting it and leading it to be stiff.
If you really want amazing skin and you’re sick of seeing all those spots and fine lines, we’ve got bad news for you. “I recommend avoiding sugar as much as possible — there’s nothing nutritious about it,” says Talib, but adds that it’s okay “every now and then, in moderation.” Key word: moderation.
See those happy girls? That’s how you feel when you have clear skin. After about a week and half of eschewing the gluten, I noticed that the rash I had had almost constantly throughout the winter started to disappear. The clusters of tiny, itchy, uncomfortable red bumps were literally (said in a Rachel Zoe voice) vanishing before my eyes.
2. No More Mental Health Issues
When I am eating foods that are heavy in gluten (and a lot of them) I definitely feel the anxiety and fatigue come on. I will feel out of it, nervous, have trouble thinking clearly, and generally just be a mess. With taking the gluten out of my diet almost completely, I almost immediately felt a lot lighter psychologically. Lately, I have had so much more energy and have been better at handling stress. And it has honestly been such a relief. You can read more about how gluten can have psychological effects here.
3. Bye Bye Bloating
I don’t know about you, but after eating a pasta dish or a donut I feel bloated as hell. My stomach doesn’t exactly hurt but it feels uncomfortable and distended. And I generally just feel way too full and kind of icky. After eliminating the ga ga gluten, I have not experienced this sensation once!