Eczema

As a child I suffered with this dreaded condition. Thankfully my mother being the wonderful natural hippie women she was knew the roots grew deeper than what the surface was showing. My tiny body was reacting to something. The culprits where Dairy, oranges and washing powder, a quick diet change along with a good dose of evening primrose oil my eczema vanished without a trace.  I still have flare ups from time to time, using hospital sanitizer has recently become my nemesis being pregnant its pretty dam hard to avoid. Even using the nasty soap they have in the WC makes me itch uncontrollably, my hands currently resemble that of a 80 year old.  Granted mine was not an extreme case, however with a few changes to diet, household items and adding supplements the worse cases can vanish.

Our skin is our biggest organ, when signs of surface damage start to appear its a huge indicator something is lurking deep below. Depending on how sever the condition is you can help you or your child by following all or some of these steps.

Remove synthetic materials organic is always the best option as there as no lingering pesticides or chemicals. Simply using 100% cotton, hemp or bamboo bedding and clothing will help.

Keep a food diary even if you are breastfeeding record what you eat or baby eats and keep track of any flare ups, after a week you could see a pattern.  Foods to watch are Wheat, Dairy, Eggs and Fruits. I do recommend finding a local kinesiologist who can carry out a food sensitivity test, its quick and extremely effect. They can also carry out a test on all other products used, bubble bath, shampoo, creams and washing powder.

Pay attention to all your products natural does not always mean natural look at the ingredients, marketing is a science and a lot of companies use misleading words. Opt for organic where possible, there are some great ranges out there. Little Green Radicals and Neal’s Yard are my all time favourites. Coconut oil is great as a moisturiser, it can be greasy but when used on dry patches the skin usually soaks it up instantly. Oil is recommend as it seeps faster in to the pours than cream.

Soapnuts really are the dogs.. The money you can save by not buying washing powder and fabric softener could help save for a mini break away. Order your trail pack today it wont cost the earth and you will fall in love with them.

Steroid creams, please try and use these as the last resort. If you follow the above steps you will never need them again. They are extremely harsh and work by removing the top layers of skin, use with caution.

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Vitamins & Minerals

  • Fish oil.  fish oil helps reduce leukotriene B4, an inflammatory substance that plays a role in eczema.  If you are taking high-dose fish oil, use a brand that removes most of the vitamin A. Too much vitamin A over time can be toxic.
  • Probiotics (bifidobacteria and lactobacillus) will boost the immune system and control allergies, especially in children. More research is needed to determine whether probiotics will help reduce eczema symptoms.
  • Evening primrose oil (EPO). Can help reduce the itching of eczema.  Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid EPO.
  • Borage oil, like EPO, contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as an anti-inflammatory. Studies showed that GLA helps reduce eczema symptoms. Borage, like EPO can interact with blood thinners and other medications. Borage oil may be unsafe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Speak with your doctor.
  • Vitamin C can act as an antihistamine. It helped reduce symptoms of eczema. Rose hips or palmitate are citrus-free and hypoallergenic.
  • Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, helps reduce inflammation. Bromelain may increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in people who take blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin, among others. Bromelain may also interfere with certain antibiotics.
  • Flavonoids, antioxidants found in dark berries and some plants, have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthen connective tissue, and may help reduce allergic reactions.
  • Vitamin D. Studies show that low vitamin D status during pregnancy may be a risk factor for developing eczema in the first year of life. Other studies suggest that low levels of vitamin D is associated with eczema among children and adolescents. Most prenatal vitamins contain vitamin D.

A all round good multivitamin should be took by everyone our food no matter how good our diet is will never give our bodies the support needed. A recent study showed our fruit and vegetables have 20% less nutrients than that of 20 years ago, simply because the soil and crops have been damaged so much by over use of pesticides.

 

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