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Healing Your Gut Series: Healing Your Eczema Inside Out! Where to Begin. (Guest post)

I’m thrilled to bring you the first of a multi-post series about how healing our guts can improve our health in many, many ways – including eczema, asthma, allergies, and sensitivities/intolerances. Each post will be written by a different natural practitioner and expert in their field.

Sit back, enjoy and check back for more great posts in our Healing Your Gut series.

-Jennifer

Healing Your Gut Series

Healing Your Gut Series: Healing Your Eczema Inside Out! Where to Begin. (Guest post)

By Sarah Maughan (Bio below)

I have had many clients in my office that come in for completely separate nutrition goals but throughout the appointment I discover they are also suffering from the skin condition known as eczema. They often don’t realize that nutrition can help eczema – and are thrilled that it can! When this happens, I immediately begin to improve their diet to support their digestive system. Wait a second, what does digestion have to do with the skin? A lot. Skin is one of our largest detoxification organs that our body has. Often, if something is displaying on the skin, it’s resulting from something happening inside your body, or by something you are applying topically.  I know what you’re thinking – get to the answer already! Well, with anything we need patience, and the most important thing you need to know is eczema does not improve over night. Many of my clients will begin the scientifically proven methods to help improve eczema and they will call me in two days – “it’s still not gone!” Of course it’s not, your body takes time to change, time to eliminate the presence of food allergens and time to heal, just like a broken bone. So, are you ready to be patient?

Since eczema is an inflammatory condition, the first and most important approach is a food allergen elimination diet – this means removing foods such as gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, etc – anything deemed a common allergen or any food that can ignite inflammation. Throughout this time it is required that you keep a log of your or your child’s eczema symptoms so that during a reintroduction phase you can monitor reactions. I have seen significant reduction of eczema in the removal of dairy, gluten and citrus in different clients. Probiotics have also been scientifically proven to improve eczema symptoms, and it is also an important piece of eczema prevention in infants. (1, 2, 4). With a lack of probiotics and overabundance of bad bacteria in the intestines, it leaves the intestinal wall susceptible to microscopic damage, enough to let food particles into the blood stream which can cause allergic reactions, inflammation or sensitivity. By supplementing with probiotics it helps to protect future particles from invading through the epithelium tissue (3). Often upon further investigation I’ve noticed that children who come to my office with eczema have had multiple courses of antibiotics in their life, which is a known culprit to reducing beneficial intestinal bacteria.

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Other important nutrients to inflammation and eczema include protein and healthy fats rich in Omega 3. These are just a few of the key components of nutrition that can help reduce eczema symptoms. However, all of this is easier said than done. It can be difficult to change someone’s diet, especially a kid. This is where working with a nutritionist helps so they can customize the approach so you’re not the only one in the battlefield. So, what can you expect when you see a nutritionist? You can expect individualized care, solutions for picky eaters, delicious recipes, and a decrease in stress knowing you have your nutritionist with you the whole way to help find solutions for any problems that arise to ensure this process is a seamless and enjoyable time for you and your child.

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Bio: Sarah Maughan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist empowering individuals and families worldwide. She helps creates customized plans and solutions for individuals and families to ensure no one is left deprived or frustrated. During her consultations, you will learn, laugh, get excited to eat and live a more vibrant life! Are you ready to empower your body with food? You can find Sarah on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.   

References:

  1. http://gut.bmj.com/content/50/suppl_3/iii54.full
  2. http://adc.bmj.com/content/97/Suppl_1/A2.2.abstract
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3346910/
  4. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2222.2012.03975.x/abstract
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lara #

    I recently cured my now 3 year-old son’s chronic eczema through diet modification (removing salicylates, primarily, because he was already dairy, egg, corn and gluten free!), plus epsom salt baths and probiotics. If it is a case of leaky gut, I am wondering if once the gut is “healed”, (ie no more eczema and normal-looking bowel movements), will he also be completely cured of prior food sensitivities as well? I am observing that he has more tolerance for foods that he wasn’t eating, but there is still a threshhold when he eats high salicylate foods, beyond which he will start to break out again.
    Thanks for any insight!
    -Lara

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    June 10, 2014
    • Hi Lara – You are exactly right – the theory is that once the gut is healed, you should be able to tolerate more foods. This is why diets like the GAPS diet and Auto Immune Paleo are so popular. That’s great you figured out the sensitivity to salicylates – that’s a hard one to determine. Sounds like you’ve done great things for your son! Way to go mom! Jennifer

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      June 17, 2014

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