Updated: Feb 25
Studies show that eczema is not a disease in itself but actually the result of an autoimmune disease created by an immune abnormality.
In order to reach the root cause and help the immune system, you need to clean the gut and work from the inside as well as topically to ease the symptoms and suppress the symptoms.
Diet goes hand-in-hand with looking at environmental issues and managing stress. It's a bit of a cycle because if you're not eating well, you may be more prone to stress, and if you become stressed, then you're going to have flare-ups.
In order to protect and boost the immune system, you need to have a healthy gut. Also, asthma tends to be a cousin to eczema -- it tends to trigger stress and anxiety because your lungs are congested and your breathing is labored, causing a cycle of flare-ups and skin breakouts as a result.
A cleanse or a detox can help to clean the system and get rid of the toxins and allergens that are irritable in the body by following a mainly plant-based wholefoods diet. We need to start by taking out the common triggers of eczema, and these triggers are eggs, nuts, wheat, dairy (especially cheese which has been clinically proven to be quite addictive.
Just eliminating these foods can go largely towards the healing process, and whilst this can be difficult for some - there are some natural alternatives.
I have a community where I support people with various skin and body complaints related to inflammation. We eliminate the inflammation by cleaning the gut, veering towards more of a plant-based diet, cutting out those food triggers by understanding where they exist.
In many cases we may not even be aware that we're consuming trigger foods, for example, soy is contained in a lot of foods that may surprise you. However, once you know what to look out for, you can easily identify these ingredients on food labels.
Now, on the group, we're going to be doing a challenge where we do an elimination of 1-2 potential allergens in the diet and we're going to take a minimum of 2 weeks to do that. On the 13th day, we'll introduce it back in slowly -- perhaps in the morning, the afternoon and again later. Then we'll give it 24-48 hours to see how the skin is going to react.
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