You have tried every lotion, potion and promising new skin cream and you still can’t eliminate your eczema breakouts. What’s the problem? Unfortunately, eczema is treated as if the problem had started with your skin when in reality it started from inside your own body. Even the professionals treat it on the outside, most often ignoring the root of the problem. A natural eczema treatment must start from within; many eczema creams will only mask the problem.
According to Tara Smith, ARNP NP-C, a board-certified nurse practitioner for Dr. Sears’ Center for Health & Wellness in Royal Palm Beach, Fla, there are four major internal causes of eczema. They include:
1. Digestion. If the barrier that protects your gut becomes damaged from a poor diet, inflammation, medications or environmental toxins, partially digested food particles and toxins can seep into your bloodstream. This may trigger an allergic reaction to food that should easily be digested and in turn will show up on your skin.
2. Hormonal imbalance. Pesticide-laden produce and hormone injected animal products can wreak havoc on your body’s hormones by disrupting its natural balance and unfortunately, as most of you know, throwing your hormones out of whack will cause your skin to react.
3. Stress. Again, most everyone knows that stress can cause some serious issues with our health and obviously this is related to our skin. When under stress, adrenal glands may secrete excess cortisol which can actually do some good. Too much cortisol however, can cause many other problems, from weight gain and an impaired immune system to acne and eczema. It can also kill off good bacteria that can disrupt the “ecosystem” in your stomach and lead to skin problems and infections.
4. Infection. Infections such as fungal infections, bacterial and viral infections, even yeast infections caused by antibiotics or eating processed foods, sugar and white breads can cause eczema breakouts.
According to Tara Smith ARNP NP-C, patients who started with a natural eczema treatment from the inside had the greatest success when fighting eczema flare-ups. So, in conclusion, if you want to eliminate your eczema for good, it’s best to tackle it from the inside and try natural, eczema remedies like the following….
Take care of your digestive health. Get more fiber in your diet and drink lots of water(there’s that water thing again). Water will flush out toxins in your body, the toxins that cause flareups. Try to eliminate milk, eggs, nuts, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, wheat and gluten.
Gluten allergies have come to the forefront over the last couple of years as this allergy causes many health problems including major skin problems. I have a friend who is allergic to gluten and when she is anywhere near it, she is constantly clearing her throat or coughing so I have seen it triggered first hand within seconds. Eliminate gluten from your diet and see what happens. The same goes for dairy products. Many people go through their entire lives not realizing that they are allergic to dairy products. Allergic inside means allergic outside. Let your doctor know if you suspect an allergy to any of these products.
Taking probiotics daily may help also. Probiotics slow the growth of bad bacteria and maintain the right amount of good bacteria in your body.
Eat natural foods. Avoiding chemicals in processed foods is one way to ensure that the food you eat is not causing these skin reactions. Go organic.
Ward against infections. Garlic fights infections and vitamin C and D help to boost the immune system naturally.
The best food sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, green pepper, broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts. Or you can supplement.
Get your omega-3s. Low omega-3 levels are common in people with skin problems including eczema so be sure to include enough in your diet by eating salmon, green vegetables, avocados or supplements.
If you think you have eczema, discuss it with your doctor. If you are just beginning to see signs of eczema, it may be the skin care products you are using causing irritation and switching to an all natural skin lotion could be the easy answer. A natural eczema treatment on the outside will help to alleviate symptoms, however getting to the root of the problem through proper diet and supplementation may eliminate your eczema breakouts much faster.