Skin problems are a 21st century epidemic.
Our modern diet and lifestyles are wreaking havoc on our digestive systems. Hippocrates stated “All disease begins in the gut.”
Eczema is an inflammatory condition and is one of the body’s ways of saying something isn’t right, there are natural remedies that can make a difference.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Nourishing the body and skin
I am passionate about helping people heal through the power of food and essential supplementation.
This is because it is important to start providing the body with building blocks for rebuilding cellular health, to restore gut health and to nourish the body and the skin.
We need to look at removing foods that create inflammation in the body as these foods damage and age the cells which will in turn affect the skin.
The skin needs to be repaired from the inside out not the outside in
The body’s own natural anti-inflammatory, is cortisol – the adrenal hormone. Cortisone-based cream mimic cortisol in the body and these are usually applied when the skin flares up.
Cortisone – gradually suppresses the body’s ability to makes its own cortisol and the long-term side effects are that they gradually damage the skin, making it thinner and more prone to drying and cracking and as a result the skin becomes more vulnerable to any infections and heals poorly.
It’s a vicious cycle; the more your use the creams that are supposed to help with the problem, the worse it becomes.
Natural solutions to help eczema
Fortunately, as mentioned there are natural solutions which can reduce the need for medication.
In most cases the root cause of the inflammation is often a combination of exposure to external irritants, unidentified allergies, and inflammatory reactions which can be activated by the wrong kind of food, as well as stress and anxiety.
By tackling all of these areas, most people find partial to complete relief.
Tips for combating eczema
1.) Avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals, this could be skin care products, household cleaning products or work related chemicals.
2.) Balancing blood sugar, reducing stress and the use of stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol.
3.) Healing the skin with natural, organic creams.
The nutritional approach to eczema is based on reducing the toxic overload such as pollution, stress and poor nutrition – when the body reaches toxic overload it means the body has exceeded its capacity to remove toxins.
Remove the trigger and reduce the inflammation
While there may be a specific trigger, such as stress, drinking too much coffee or eating processed and packaged foods that cause inflammation, added together these can create the “final straw” rather than just being the root cause – so the goal becomes to reduce the internal inflammation and overall toxic burden.
The most common food allergies or intolerance that can provoke eczema are wheat and milk, sensitivity to eggs is also common in eczema sufferers.
Foods to avoid
1.) Wheat and gluten containing grains
3.) Eggs Nuts (including chocolate, unfortunately)
4.) Nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, potatoes, and spices derived from them like paprika, cayenne, and curry)
5.) Food chemicals
6.) Sugar including artificial sweeteners
7.) Caffeine, which raises levels of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol which contribute to inflammation
Inflamed tissue results in more oxidants, so increasing your intake of antioxidants to counter the inflammation of eczema is crucial. A high intake of fresh fruit and vegetables boosts antioxidant levels and reduces the severity of eczema.
Foods you can enjoy
1.) Organic and pastured meats like beef, chicken, turkey, lamb
2.) Organic Bone broth
3.) Wild-caught fish
4.) Coconut oil for cooking / Olive oil and avocado oil (for cold applications)
5.) Fruits and vegetable (except nightshades, include lots of leafy green veggies)
Don’t forget the lifestyle changes
Here are some of the lifestyle changes you may need to introduce:
1.) Packing your lunch for work (no more fast food or takeout leftovers.)
2.) Prioritizing sleep – be in bed no later than 10 pm!
3.) Regular grocery trips to keep the fridge stocked with fresh produce.
4.) Getting a daily dose of sunlight for vitamin D.
5.) Finding stress management routines that work for you.
Natural anti-inflammatories can be effective in reducing inflammation in the skin, and these include omega-3 fats, minerals such as zinc, magnesium and spices such as ginger and turmeric.
Conventional meat and dairy products: are high in arachidonic acid, a type of Omega-6 fat that can promote inflammation, while flax and chia seeds and wild caught oily fish are high in Omega-3s which help to reduce inflammation.
Ginger and turmeric: have long been known to help inflammatory conditions.
I have had success with many clients reducing and clearing up their eczema by following these strategies, in some instances you do need a more targeted approach and may need help working with an expert but if you suffer from eczema, give these strategies a try and please let me know how you get on.
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