I'm 2 months paleo, eating anywhere between 1200-2200 calories a day. 60% fat/20%protein/20% carb. My mainstains are leafy green salads with protein and seeds. I've experienced great results; however, I've had dry skin and peeling lips. Last week my lips cracked in the corners. It was awful. In a fit of desperation I tried eating some brown rice. Immediately my lips felt better.
Any thoughts on why this might have helped?
I typed my food into fitday and learned that I'm high in vitamin A, low in B12 and low in calcium. I started supplementing B12 and calcium immediately. My lips are remarkably better.
If the folic acid in the rice caused the improvement, I would like to find paleo-friendly sources of calcium and folic acid. Any suggestions?
Ruby, do you use commercial lip balms, salves or lipsticks? The mineral oil, petroleum jelly, etc, does not actually help the skin. It just makes a slick film on top of the skin. Dr. Richard Bernstein addresses this in his book, [The Diabetes Solution, regarding foot care].
Here is the paragraph from his book:
• If the skin of your feet is dry, lubricate the entire foot. Suitable lubricants include olive oil, any vegetable oil, vitamin E oil, emu oil, mink oil, and emulsified lanolin. Many oils and lotions that contain these products as major ingredients are available commercially. Do not use petroleum jelly (Vaseline), mineral oil, or baby oil, as they are not absorbed by the skin.
You could try using coconut or olive oil, rosehips or jojoba, castor.
I melt one part grated, bees wax with three parts liquid oils, such as sweet almond, olive, castor oil, to make lip balm. If you wish to use coconut oil or shea butter, then use a bit less bees wax.
Also, are you drinking enough water? Is the water purified or straight city water? Are you drinking too much coffee, tea, or alcohol?
Are you eating enough animal fats?
Is where you live and work well humidified?
Do you have normal blood sugar regulation? Do you have allergies? Did you get a fever? You can see, there are many things that could cause dry and/or peeling skin.
Those are the ones that come to mind, at the moment. :)
Hope this helps some. :) : http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/appendixD.shtml
Stop the madness. Please.
B12 doesn't participate directly in overall skin barrier functioning. Emu oil, mink oil, and emulsified lanolin can ALL create an allergic contact dermatitis. You may have some of that going on as it is to either a food that you've become skin sensitized to, or to your oral hygeine products, makeup, preservatives in your lip balms, etc, etc, etc.
Sometimes people get chapped lips. It doesn't mean you have a nutritional deficiency. Plain petrolatum is almost never a contact sensitizer, and it does tend to prevent further evaporation from the skin that it's covering, which is a big part of the problem. I'm not knocking Dr. Bernstein, but a dermatologist, he is not. Believe it or not, there are many good reasons this is its own specialty and takes 4 years of dedicated training post medical school to be competent at delivering skin care.
You may need to up your fats, increase your hydration, change your toothpaste, or any number of things. I don't think the brown rice directly did anything to change what the problem was, though. At least, there is no mechanism that comes to mind that would immediately change the overall appearance of your lips. Skin doesn't work that way, and generally anything you do now won't show an effect for somewhere around 3 months.
The initial indications have an escalating sensation of exhaustion, a paler or perhaps yellow-colored skin tone, short breath and also faster heartbeat. In many serious situations, when anemia can be formed, the sufferer could observe that she or he is a lot more susceptible to microbe infections and also other conditions, an aching oral as well as occasional looseness of the bowels even though getting rid of pounds with no particular purpose. Last but not least, when the circumstance carries on without treatment, nerve failures seem, for example a general sense of some weakness, prickling or perhaps feeling numb on the hand and also foot, a propensity to become annoyed more quickly plus a diminishing of mind abilities.
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I get this problem when I go very low carb (VLC). In going VLC, my consumption of protein tends to increase as well. I notice when I either: deliberately increase my fat intake (thereby lowering my protein ratio), or add in a bit more sugar/starch, the problem resolves within a day. The sugar/starch addition works better for me than the fats. Nothing else I have tried has worked, this includes using lip balms, drinking lots of water, adding in significant salt (to increase water retention?), or Vit. D. I eat plenty of pastured butter so I would be surprised if it is a K2 problem in my case.
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