Connecting the dots between eczema, immunity and the gut
The first line of attack in overcoming eczema is healing the gut. Since a majority of those suffering from eczema experience leaky gut syndrome, it is important to take care of the digestive tract. When the intestinal wall becomes overly permeable with this syndrome, toxins pass into the blood stream which triggers an inflammatory response. Allergies and food reactions follow—along with eczema. Unfortunately, this whole cycle taxes the immune system.
One of the best ways to mend the gut and reduce permeability is to adopt an organic whole-food diet with plenty of vegetables, fiber and freshly juiced greens. Toss out processed and gluten containing foods, dairy, meat, unsprouted grains and sugar. Fermented foods are an excellent choice as are probiotics like those found in kefir and yogurt. Bone broth, with its high collagen content, also assists in healing the gut. Just make sure to source organic grass-fed ingredients. The amino acid L-glutamine is exceptional for strengthening the intestinal lining and boosting immune function. It also reduces allergies and improves nutrient absorption. Flax, borage, hemp and pumpkin seed oils supply essential fatty acids that are vital to balancing inflammatory response. Additionally, evening primrose and sunflower seed oils are first-rate sources of gamma linolenic acid which plays a strong role in skin health. And don't forget about chia seeds—another outstanding source of omega-3 fats. On the herbal front, cat's claw (una de gato) cleanses the entire digestive tract of dangerous pathogens, thereby reducing reactions that exacerbate eczema. Persimmon leaf extract is another medicinal herb that demonstrates extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties that clarify the skin and minimize discomfort.
To arrest the intense itch of eczema, several external treatments show promise.
Coconut oil - Seals and protects the skin while taming inflammation. Antibacterial and anti fungal action prevents infection in open sores.
Oat flour and slippery elm powder - Used in warm baths to coat and calm the skin.
Magnesium chloride spray - Applied topically to diminish inflammation.
Sunflower seed oil - Anti-inflammatory. Also serves as an excellent moisture barrier.
Sea salt - Add to warm baths. Lends welcome relief from inflammation and pain.
Bentonite clay - Detoxifies and comforts the skin when dissolved in a lukewarm bath.
Always remember to drink plenty of purified water throughout the day which flushes out toxins and hydrates the skin. Sleep and stress-reducing exercise are also important for robust immune function. By detoxifying the body, healing the gut and strengthening the immune system, eczema can be cured naturally without harmful after effects.