Give a boost to your Eczema healing process, a permanent one


The conventional solution for eczema has always been antibiotics, immune suppressants, creams, aspirins, etc. However, how are these as a long term solution? In fact, it is proven that they are other culprits for future eczema as the skin becomes more sensitive. What previously topical substances such as lotions, creams and detergent that does not bring any harm, but as your body becomes out of balance, these topical substances could cause an adverse reaction.

As much as these give a relieve, more often than not it would only gives you a temporary relieve as there are underlying issues. The underlying issues, typically boils down to:
1. A leaky gut. Medically called “increased intestinal permeability”.  This is a sign of a good gut gone bad. Leaky gut creates a low-grade inflammation in reaction to food particles (deemed foreign by your immune system) that literally leak through your gut wall. This causes food sensitivities, especially to gluten and dairy, which are the biggest food causes of eczema.  Leaky gut also triggers many other health problems including fatigue, brain fog, headaches, depression, allergies, sinus problems, irritable bowel, reflux, joint pain, skin diseases such as acne and eczema, autoimmune diseases and more. Inflammation also causes weight gain which is triggered by insulin resistance, food sensitivities and food allergies.
2. Abnormal gut flora. Antibiotics and immuno-suppressant would wipe out all the good and bad bacteria. When the colonisation of bacteria is mostly bad bacteria, it will cause an unbalanced microbiome and abnormal gut flora. Good news is that, while repairing a leaky gut, it would also help with balancing gut flora and microbiome.

What can you do to boost immunity

1| Heal and build your gut

What’s going on in your gut has a huge effect on your immune system. In fact 80% of your immune system is housed in your gut. That’s why one of the major causes of autoimmune diseases, including eczema, is a poorly functioning intestinal tract.

A healthy gut tract serves as a protective barrier that prevents undigested food particles, microbes, toxins, and other undesirable substances from leaking through the gut and directly into bloodstream. When the cells lining the intestinal wall become damaged, substances are able to “leak” into the body, where they are attacked by the immune system, which leads to inflammation. The inflammatory response triggered by an overactive immune system can be seen anywhere in the body. In the case of eczema, it is the skin that is affected. Gut inflammation caused by leaky gut can also impair the protective function of your skin, which can increase the severity of inflammation and worsen eczema symptoms.

One of the things that you can do to heal and build your gut that is easily acceptable is bone broth. Bone broth are broth (6 litre of water) made with bones and a tablespoon of acid (apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, etc) and boiled in a slow fire for a period of 8 to 24 hours. Bone broth is rich with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, amino acids, collagen. These broth can be used as a liquid replacement in your cooking.

Be creative in your cooking. Here, bone broth made as soup and meat dumplings

2| Elimination of unhealthy foods

Diets high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods, and low in fermentable fibers (prebiotics) can contribute to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Avoiding these foods that feed the bad bacteria, and adding foods that feed the good bacteria can help restore the balance. Studies have shown that prebiotics and probiotics can effectively reduce the incidence of eczema.3 These can be found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, dairy-free yogurt (dairy is a common trigger for skin conditions), and water or coconut kefir, as well as in supplement form.
Other food to eliminate that typically contributes to unhealthy diets are gluten, soy, eggs, nuts, etc.

This can be really cute – but the processed sausages, high gluten, white flour and sugar – may be the caused of inflammation internally

3| Increased high anti-inflammatory food

Eat plenty of wild-caught fish and a colourful array of plant foods, and use spices like turmeric liberally. Omega-3 rich foods, both plant-based (for example chia seed, flaxseeds and avocado) and meat based (wild caught fish such as salmon, cod, mackerel and trouts) helps to reduce inflammation.
Do take note of how it is cook would also cause an omega 3,6 and 9 imbalanced. For example, food rich with omega 6 promotes inflammation instead of reducing it. In a deep-fried food, omega 6 increases, which means, it would counter the effect of omega-3 rich food.

Grilled salmon with lots of fresh salad should be part of your diet

With the correct food diet which helps to heals internally and safe products that does not trigger any inflammation externally, this would helps to ensure a permanent recovery.

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