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How to Eat Well for Winter Eczema Relief

By Dr. Amy Duong (bio below)

To my eczema warriors!

Today I’d like to give you a list of foods and how to prepare them that would be beneficial to eat with the intention of nourishing and healing skin to prevent eczema in winter. I often hear from my patients that their eczema worsens in the winter months due to the dryness from the cold temperatures outside and from turning on the heat in inside. Skin dryness signifies that the skin is not being nourished with the proper nutrients and thus the skin barrier to the outside environment weakens and the skin is subject to more irritants, weather changes, and eczema from internal detoxification issues.

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10 Natural Remedies for Eczema You Can Try at Home Today

Laura Dolgy (see bio below)

If you’re prone to eczema then you’ve probably spent countless hours researching the best remedies for quick and effective relief. Unfortunately, not every trick and tip on the Internet works, but we’re here to break down the top 10 natural remedies for eczema that can be tried today with items you can probably find in your home. Read more

Natural Remedies for Eczema – What Worked For My Son

When my son, Tristan’s, eczema peaked at 3 years old, he was head to toe covered in red, itchy, dry skin that was inflamed and painful looking. I cried on and off throughout each and every day back then out of sheer frustration over not knowing how to help him and with worry about how this may affect his quality of life, both at the time and in the long-term. Sleep was rare because my husband and I had to take turns laying in bed with Tristan to prevent him from scratching himself until he drew blood. And we had a newborn child that needed us the other half of the night. To make matters worse, my husband and I disagreed, rather intensely at times, about how to best treat Tristan’s skin. My husband wanted to jump back to the topical steroids that were being prescribed at ever-increasing strengths by his pediatric dermatologist and I felt in my heart that it wasn’t the answer for Tristan. You can read more about our journey with topical steroids here. Read more

How To Identify Your Reaction: Food Allergy vs. Sensitivity vs. Intolerance Defined

By Megan Pennington (bio below)

These days it seems everyone has experienced some kind of reaction to food. Whether it manifests as a simple bout of indigestion, or a chronic condition like eczema, we now know that food reactions play a major role in inflammation and related disease. Read more

7 Tips For Undergoing a Breastfeeding Elimination Diet

By Betty of Betty & Baby (bio below)

As a momma who’s still nursing a 15 month old with multiple food allergies, I know how difficult it is to start a breastfeeding elimination diet, let alone keep it going successfully…all without hitting a food rut. We’re going to share our story and talk elimination diets for those who are nursing or pregnant with a second child with a family allergy history and are looking to pinpoint allergies and breastfeeding is still a top priority. Read more

Coping with Eczema? Read These Tips for Emotional Health

By Abby Lai (Bio below) 

Eczema was the hardest time of my life. For those who suffer with it (or have a close friend or family member who suffers with it), you’ll probably know that eczema comes with a lot of physical and psychological baggage.

When I was going through my own personal journey with eczema, I dealt with lots of issues, including: low self-esteem, insecurity, frustration, resentment (at myself and others), disappointment, fear, worry, and pain. You’ll probably understand this if you have eczema. The hardest part was that my emotions were constantly; one moment I would be happy, and the next moment I would be worried and frustrated at the state of my skin. Read more

How Does One Family Go GAPS? – One Pot of Soup at a Time

How Does One Family go GAPS? – One Pot of Soup at a Time

By Ronit Feinglass Plank (bio below)

Well, it’s happened. I, a former vegan, have animal parts in my refrigerator. Seriously, there are all kinds in there: steaks, turkey breasts, lamb shanks, fish filets, sausage, ribs, I’m even thinking about getting a liver if it will help. I went from slow-cooking hearty soups brimming with legumes to slow-cooking the knuckles and joints of cattle for this new modified GAPS-Paleo-Auto-Immune type diet we are trying for my eczema and allergy-addled son.

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Healing Your Gut Series: Healing Your Eczema Inside Out! Where to Begin.

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.

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?

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Eczema & Asthma – Testing for Food Triggers

I’ve asked Dr. Farshchian to help us distinguish between food allergies and sensitivities and to help us better understand testing methods for each. While we’re not sure if food is the root cause of eczema, most of us have experienced first hand how food can trigger flare ups. I hope today’s post can shed some light on the IgE vs. IgG debate – knowing both can trigger eczema and asthma.

-Jennifer

Eczema & Asthma – Testing for Food Triggers

By Dr. Thalia Farshchian, N.D. (Bio below)

Food sensitivity testing is gaining popularity to assist in identifying triggers to chronic conditions like eczema, asthma, nasal congestion and more. To draw a conclusion that a particular food triggers symptoms, the gold standard for identification is an elimination challenge.

The elimination challenge can be quite the challenge in and of itself when you are considering eliminating all of the most common triggers: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nuts. In clinical practice, I have found food sensitivity testing to be a very helpful guide as it alleviates an element of stress on the child and family.

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Are Some Foods Doing You More Harm Than Good?

 

By Tom Hines (see bio below)

Two things that asthma and eczema have in common are inflammation, and an overactive immune system.  One could argue that if the immune system was under control, then so would the inflammation.

GMO CornWe hear a lot about gluten, soy, corn, and dairy.  Although these certainly are the big offenders, it’s a mistake to think that soy, for example, is a cause of eczema.  It’s more accurate to say that for a particular person, soy activates the immune system.  So what’s worse for your particular child… soy or carrots?  It’s a trick question.  More children might react to soy, but your child might do just fine with soy and react to carrots instead.

It’s important to understand that we can be sensitive to, intolerant to, or allergic to absolutely anything our body comes into contact with. Anything we eat, drink, breath, or put on our skin… any of it.  You know that little old lady who’s pulled to the side at airport security for extra checks?  What are the chances she’s carrying a bomb, or plans to take over the plane with a katana sword she has disguised as a cane?  Not likely, but it’s possible.  And that’s how we need to think about everything when we’re dealing with an overactive immune system.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re all a lot alike, so it makes sense to start with the usual suspects.  No one seems to digest gluten well, and many react to it.  However, despite our similarities, we are also extremely unique.  My friend’s son is highly sensitive to onions, for him, onions = eczema… for me, onions = delicious.

Anytime a substance from the outside world enters our blood, our immune system is activated… sort of on high alert status, to check and see if it’s harmful.  Our immune systems don’t belong to any unions and they don’t read the same manuals.  They act on an innate intelligence that is both common to the species, and unique to the individual.  In addition to that, food is incredibly complex.  Look at a simple orange, beside vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, it has over 60 different flavonoids, and more than 170 phytonutrients.  If your unique immune system decides that some part of that orange is harmful, it will do it’s job by defending your body.

Now let’s add-on thousands of food additives, pesticides, herbicides, household chemicals, environmental chemicals, pharmaceuticals, air pollutants, water pollutants, and GMO foods.  It’s safe to say that our kid’s immune systems have been exposed to more new substances than all of our ancestors combined.

What can we do?

Just being aware that our bodies can react to virtually anything it comes in contact with is the first step.  Second, accept the fact that despite the modern, regulated, “safer” world we live in, it’s not the world we’ve been evolving, for the last 2 million years, to thrive in.

Read labels;  food labels, shampoo labels, cleaner labels, labels ..labels ..labels.  Get to know the things you are exposing yourself and your family to.  It’s mind boggling how much crap they can shove in some products.  The good news, there has never been so many healthy alternatives as there are today.  Sure, you could be sensitive to the more natural products too, but I’d rather deal with 5 ingredients that have been used for at least 50 years, than 50 ingredients that have been only used for 5 years.

The average person consumes around 1,500 pounds of food each year, so we better take a closer look at our diets.  To find the foods you’re sensitive to, you basically have 2 options; take a food sensitivity test, like the Alcat test or eliminate food and food groups from your diet for a period of time, commonly called an Elimination Diet.

The usual suspects are a great place to start when you’re trying the elimination approach (gluten, soy, corn, dairy, sugar, nuts, fish, shellfish).  Food coloring is also a very common sensitivity, especially among children.  Studies from back in 1967 and 1976 found a link between yellow #5 and #6 with asthma.  Generally, during the elimination period, foods need to be avoided for about 4 weeks, but positive results are often seen in just a few days, once you find the right combination of foods.

Make sure you talk to your healthcare professional before starting an elimination diet, take detailed notes, and don’t assume just because a food is “healthy”, that you can’t be sensitive to it.

Ever see footage of Bikini Atoll from the 1940’s when the government was testing the A-Bomb? Soldiers were scrubbing down the ships shortly after the blast with soap, water, and lye.  I can just picture their supervisors saying…”don’t worry boys, it’s totally safe”. That’s how I see red #40 and GMO corn… “don’t worry boys, it’s totally safe”. The fact is…science knows very little about what these things do to us collectively, and therefore, tell us nothing about how they impact us as individuals… that’s on us.
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