The most crucial home remedy for eczema is this…
Make sure your gut flora, digestion and immune system are performing properly AND get the nutrients your skin needs. If they are deficient, it shows up in your skin with itching, oozing sores, painful rashes and other symptoms.
Natural moisturizers soothe discomfort and itching, but the real secret to self-healing your skin starts inside your body. So try a home remedy for eczema from the list below – or try them all – and watch your skin improve.
… with cultured foods, probiotics and prebiotics that repair your gut flora (good microbes) and leaky gut.
How is this a home remedy for eczema?
Because when you restore the good bacteria to your gut and repair the leaks in the walls of your intestines…
“...multiple, well designed trials have noted benefit [from probiotics and prebiotics] in improving the severity of Atopic Dermatitis [eczema] or potentially preventing onset of AD in high-risk neonates.” Tabassum and Hamdani, Pharmacologists
But grown-ups with eczema need probiotics and cultured foods, too. Badly!
Chris Kresser, functional medicine specialist, clearly states: “...probiotics improve skin conditions.”
In other words, if you want better skin, fix your gut with probiotics.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, and restore good microbes to disrupted gut flora. They are found in capsule or powder form, and in cultured foods.
Prebiotics are the food of the good bacteria (probiotics) inside your intestines. Prebiotic foods are digested by that bacteria, not in your stomach.
Pretty much any raw fruit or vegetable will give you some prebiotic effect. Garlic, onions, jicama, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, asparagus and avocado are good sources... think salad.
And... surprise!... raw honey is a prebiotic, too. (Yum!)
Good bacteria likes lots of plant fiber to "chew" on (apart from that honey), while bad bacteria (pathogens) love refined sugar, refined flour and deep-fried fats.
That’s why your mom was right when she told you to eat your vegetables!
Cultured foods include:
All these cultured or fermented foods contain probiotics, but they must be made with brine – water and salt – NOT with vinegar, which is acid and kills the bacteria that can benefit your skin.
Foods like miso, tempeh, and soy sauce are also fermented foods but may contain gluten which is a whole other problem for skin with eczema (see #4 below.)
Recently, topical applications of probiotics are being studied. In the meantime, you can try putting plain kefir on your skin to soothe it.
But more importantly, eat vegetables and probiotic or cultured foods, drink kombucha, and take good quality probiotics to restore your innards and your skin.
Warning! If your system is quite toxic, you may go through a “healing crisis.” The probiotics kill off the bad microbes. When many die off quickly, you may not feel good.
If this happens, back off and give your body a break while you drink lots of water and eat leafy greens and crucifers (like broccoli, collards, cabbage, arugula and kale) to help flush out toxins. Then start again… slowly.
Are you low in omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs)? Most of us are.
When you have eczema, it’s especially important that you get your omega 3’s and other fatty acids because, without them, your skin will have trouble recovering.
Dr. Udo Erasmus - probably the world’s foremost authority on fats and oils - says that essential fatty acids are crucial to your survival.
If you don’t have enough EFAs in your food, the omega fatty acids that are available will be sent to nourish your brain and heart. Why? Because they are much more important to your health than your skin.
After all, you can stay alive without good skin but without your brain and heart? Forget it.
Yup. Poor old skin is last on the list when it comes to dishing out nutrients. So give yourself lots of omega fatty acids and watch your skin improve with this essential home remedy for eczema.
For omega 3’s you can also take:
Here’s an interesting one. Studies done as far apart as Boston and Mongolia – two places with a lot of winter – showed that 80% of children whose eczema is worse in winter improved with vitamin D.
Another study showed that taking vitamin E with the vitamin D was even more effective for eczema.
My doctor (whom I visit regularly, at least once every 10 years or so) told me that, if you live north of the 39th parallel, you can’t absorb enough vitamin D through your skin in the winter, even if you spend all day outdoors.
Which goes to show that vitamin D is not just for children.
Okay, here’s the bad news. When you have eczema, cupcakes are not your best friend. Nor are any other foods made with gluten grains – wheat, rye, oats, barley, spelt, kamut, and triticale.
Maybe you like beer more than cupcakes? Sorry, but it’s full of gluten, too.
Food allergies and intolerances are a very common cause of skin problems, especially in children.
Studies show that…
So are gluten-free breads and cakes better for you?
Many gluten-free items are made with cotton, cellulose or corn, to give you that starch-like bulk. But fungus may lurk within them, causing your eczema to flare.
And, I don’t know about you, but I just can’t wrap my head around chewing on cotton. The Rodale Institute says it’s “considered the world’s dirtiest crop” because it is so heavily pesticided. Do you really want to put that in your mouth just to pretend you’re eating bread? Ick.
This is a home remedy for eczema to help you keep your child from developing the condition.
The University of Maryland says that: “Infants and young children are most affected [by eczema] (about 65% of cases occur before age 1, and about 90% occur before age 5).”
However, if you breastfeed your baby for at least 4 months and don’t give him or her any other foods during that time, your child is far less likely to get eczema. Apparently, this is especially true if you don’t consume any dairy products from cow’s milk during that time.
You’ll find more information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from eczema in the next article…
Natural moisturizers to soothe itchy, troubled skin. 9 effective topical home remedies for eczema.
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