Itching for an answer
Sunday, December 09, 2012
I have an inexplicable itching problem. I have had it for several years now and there is no clear reason for it. No one food seems to cause it. It happens more often at night, but not always. It happens most often after dinner, but sometimes not.
I have rosacea, but the itching is more often on my back arms and worst on my chest and neck. One sign that it is starting is that my body seems to exude a sticky substance in some of the areas where I itch the worst. It can be tortuous.
The past couple of times I have tried to lose weight I have found that the itching gets much worse. The first time it happened I had gone on a juice fast, eating a large proportion of fruits. I couldn't imagine why foods so healthful could produce such a maddening reaction. I have always been a fruit eater, although not in as great a quantity. And I hadn't experienced any negative reactions from any kind of fruit before.
This time I am having the same problem, though not quite to the extreme I had experienced with the juice fast. Still, it is terribly distracting and interferes with my ability to sleep and relax. When you look at how much more balanced my diet is now, it just doesn't make sense. And I have read on this website that other people also experience unexplained itching while dieting. From what I have read, they don't seem to have any better explanation than I have.
I began to think it might have something to do with my rosacea and started doing some research on the subject. Natural remedies rely a lot on diet modification and that is where I found a possible explanation for such an impossible problem.
One of the sites I visited suggested that a highly acidic diet can aggravate rosacea, which can include the symptoms of itching and flushed skin, matching my problem fairly closely. My diet includes a much higher level of fruit and of wheat products than I would typically eat, both more on the acidic side. What if this imbalance is to blame? It makes more sense than any other explanation have considered.
I am not ready to give up on losing weight yet, but I have to do something to address this problem. So I am going to reduce my fruit and wheat intake in favor of more alkaline vegetables and other whole grains and legumes. It is a grand experiment that I hope will provide the answer to a maddening problem.
I will let you know how it goes. And if you have any other ideas, I would love to hear about them.