Eczema, really, and I mean really, sucks! No one should ever suffer from this skin ailment ever. End of story.
What in the world is a person suppose to do? Follow me and let’s put and end to eczema once and for all. And learn the best 7 natural remedies for eczema are.
First, let’s start off with: What is eczema? “
Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease can often be controlled.
Welcome To The Ultimate 7 Natural Remedies For Eczema
#1 – Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut)
Remember eczema is a problem of the skin. Your skin is the biggest organ and the number one detoxifier of toxins. Skin issues are a telltale sign that you are caring a huge internal toxic load. The first thing you must consider when dealing with eczema is food allergies.
“These results suggest that there is an intestinal mucosal defect in eczema which exists whether or not there is coexistent food allergy. Half the patients with eczema alone and two of the eight with food allergy had more of the large molecular weight PEG recovered in their urine in the second 12 h after ingestion than in the first 12 h. This could be the result of abnormal permeability in the more distal small bowel or even in the colon”
What does the above statement mean?
It means, when one has gut permeability one has a greater chance of getting eczema!
What Foods Can Cause Gut Permeability?
Special Emphasis on Gluten
“Gluten appears to have significant inflammatory properties, which is the reason it might be more associated with eczema,” says Sult (researcher)
Bottom line, when you eat the above listed foods, you increase your chances of gut permeability. Therefore, I highly recommend the complete removal of all of the offending food groups in order to naturally heal your eczema.
#2 – Stop Stressing!
Studies have shown that both stress and gut inflammation can impair the integrity and protective function of the epidermal barrier. This in turn leads to a decrease in antimicrobial peptides produced in the skin and an increase in the severity of infection and inflammation in the skin. (1)
It’s very simple: the more stressors you have in your life via your job, family, finances, and yes health, the greater the opportunity for gut permeability to occur. The more you stress, the bigger the burden on your body. (2)
What to Do?
Control your stress
Get to bed on time (by 10 p.m.)
Drink lots of water
Use a journal
Anything that helps you decrease your stress will help you heal your eczema.
#3 – Get Your Omega-3’s In Order
If you have low omega-3, you have high levels of prostaglandins and that equates to inflammation.
“Prostaglandins are lipid autacoids derived from arachidonic acid. They both sustain homeostatic functions and mediate pathogenic mechanisms, including the inflammatory response. They are generated from arachidonate by the action of cyclooxygenase isoenzymes, and their biosynthesis is blocked by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including those selective for inhibition of cyclooxygenase-
Remember anytime your body is under attack, this may cause gut permeability and skin permeability. Also, understand that your skin is made up of fatty acids. So, if you have low levels of omega-3 and high levels of omega-6 which have been shown to cause inflammation, that is a disaster waiting to happen. Need I say more. ;)
Okay how does omega-3 help you lower prostaglandins?
Dr. William L. Smith described his findings on April 4th at Experimental Biology 2006 held in San Francisco. His presentation was part of the scientific program of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
Dr. Smith says that dietary fish oil causes its prostaglandin-
First, much fewer prostaglandins are made from omega-3 fatty acids as compared to the other class of fatty acids in the body, the omega-6 family of fatty acids that originate in the diet from leafy vegetables and other plant sources. Second, the omega-3 fatty acids compete with omega-6 fatty acids for the same binding site on the COX 1 enzyme that converts the omega-6 fatty acids to prostaglandin (which is why the COX 1 enzyme and its COX 2 cousin are the targets of anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen).
The more omega-3 fatty acids available to block the binding sites, the fewer omega-6 fatty acids are able to be converted to prostaglandin.”
Because omega-3’s help the body manufacture some important anti-inflammatory hormones, continually falling short could contribute to conditions related to chronic inflammation, such as asthma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease—as well as your problem, eczema. A severe deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids can result in dry skin, hair loss and an impaired immune system.
“One result of eczema is a loss of the barrier function of the skin,” says Sult. Healthy omega-3 fats, such as those found in fish, pasture-raised beef and dairy, flax, and nut and seed oils, lubricate our skin and help rebuild its barrier function”
The more you know, the more you grow!
Ameer, RHN, FDN
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