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March 26 2012

maryirire5

Eczema Diet Treatment

These natural remedies for eczema bring about some real lasting change when used consistently. Eczema, which is sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory disorder that results in itchy, scaly and irritated patches of skin. The patches can manifest anywhere on the body, however, they are most often found on the face, between the knees and in the bends of the elbows. According to the CSNN (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition), one's diet plays a crucial role in determining the severity of the condition.

Diet Intolerance

Although not true for ALL eczema sufferers, it is quite common for eczema to occur in people who already suffer from allergies. You don't need to have a full-blown allergy to a particular food group for it to trigger your eczema. Even a slight, barely noticeable food intolerance can trigger a reaction in your immune system that leads to a flare-up of your eczema. An excellent way to find out if you are intolerant to a particular food group is via a process of elimination.

What Food Groups To Remove From Your Diet

A process of elimination may include getting rid of from your diet, all foods that are commonly known to trigger eczema, or eliminating them one by one. The first approach though more difficult, will help you discover those trigger foods much more quickly. Common foods to eliminate include coffee, soya products, eggs, milk and wheat. After a few weeks you should notice at least some improvement in your condition. The plan then, is to re-introduce these foods into your diet one at a time. If your symptoms return after re-introducing a particular food group, then you will know that this food group is wholly or partly responsible for triggering your eczema. If you find that your symptoms get worse with a particular nutrient, you must make sure to eliminate it from your diet completely and indefinitely. Gluten and dairy intolerance are both very common in eczema sufferers and you should be especially attentive to symptoms when adding gluten and dairy products back in your diet.

With Regards To How to Treat Eczema Through Dietary Modification

Over the last century, food processing and cooking, an increased consumption of animals and a decreased consumption of plant-based foods has lead to increased incidences of inflammatory conditions in people, especially in the west. Meat and poultry should therefore only be consumed once or twice per week, or in some cases, not at all. Not all food is evil when it comes to eczema however, since studies have demonstrated a remarkable ability for some foods to significantly improve symptoms in an eczema sufferer. These include fatty fish, fruits and vegetables, plant-based oils and yogurt. Probiotic yogurts that contain live active cultures have been shown in a number of studies to help reduce the symptoms of eczema by controlling the way your immune system responds to food, and preventing it from over-reacting as it does in eczema.

B Carotene and Vitamin A

A number of well-documented reports have looked at the role of vitamin A and beta carotene in both preventing and eliminating the symptoms of eczema. They have both been shown to help people be eczema free for far longer and far more effectively than if these two nutrients were deficient in one's diet. Good food sources of beta carotene and vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip greens and fresh thyme.

Fibers

Finally, fiber is important to promote regular bowel elimination. The inner (luminal) walls of your intestines are given much protection from dietary roughage, which prevents toxic substances from hanging around long enough to have much effect. This reduces the occurrence of leaky gut syndrome, which is directly related to atopic conditions like asthma, rhinitis and eczema. One way to increase fiber in your diet is to opt for the whole-meal variety of foods, avoiding processed refined carbohydrates like white pasta, white rice, white bread and white flour, and non-whole grain cereals.

March 23 2012

maryirire5

Get rid of Your Eczema The Natural Way

Eczema describes a number of skin conditions that include increased inflammation of the skin, leading to patches of redness that are itchy and often scaly/bleeding. Something triggers your body's immune system and it overreacts and attacks its own skin cells. Unfortunately your doctor is equipped with a limited range of medications for this condition, none of which are curative in nature. While these drugs can be effective, they also come with a myriad of unpleasant side effects. As long as you are not at risk of suffering from any severe complications, natural home eczema remedies a can help you to manage eczema without any side effects.

Cure Eczema With Oats...

Oats are a very common natural therapy for eczema. They work by giving your skin extended periods of moisturization, by forming a transparent film over your skin. It is more cost-effective if you just buy cereal oats from the supermarket and use a food processor to form a fine powder. Otherwise, you can simply buy colloidal oats from your health food store. All you need to do to use the oatmeal for your eczema, is to mix it into your bathwater before you jump in. Use approximately 5-10 ounces per bath, although it doesn't hurt to use more.

For added effect, when in the bathtub hold some of the oats in your hands and rub it over your skin, paying particular attention to the affected areas. Now there is no harm whatsoever in staying in this oat-water for as long as you like, but you should aim to be there for at least twenty minutes. It is very unlikely that this solution will irritate your skin, though there is a very slight possibility, and if this does happen then stop using oatmeal baths immediately. Otherwise, you must continue to use it for a few weeks before seeing its full effect. This is one of the home remedies for eczema that works best during flare-ups and can be done up to twice a day until your flare-up has subsided.

Change In Lifestyle

When it comes to learning how to cure eczema, the little things can add up, and they can either help you or hurt you. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of different possible triggers for eczema, many of which are known, but most of which are yet to be discovered.

One particularly effective method for identifying your own unique triggers, is to keep a record of what you do and what you eat throughout the day, and compare it to a record of your symptoms and how bad they are. Over the course of a week, or even a few days, you are likely to discover a link between certain triggers and your eczema flare-ups. Such triggers can be anything even as seemingly small as stress, or perhaps the consumption of animal products. Identifying what triggers these flare-ups can help you avoid them in the future. Another important piece of advice is to stay away from scented products like tissues, creams and shampoos, since they are known to exacerbate eczema due to their high chemical content.

Next time you go shopping for bathroom goods like soaps and shampoos, why not take a trip to your health-food store to see their selection of natural, preservative-free variations? It's also a good idea to double rinse your clothes when you wash them to get rid of as much of the detergent as possible. Diet can play a HUGE role in helping to treat your eczema, since certain foods directly or indirectly modulate the behaviour of your immune system. Avoid eating out in general, and avoid all junk food. Eat more natural whole foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables - either lightly steamed or uncooked. Doing all of these things can help your home remedies for eczema work more effectively.

Other Things To Think About

If you are currently taking medication for your eczema, please do not stop them by yourself when you start to see improvement from using natural therapies. I highly advise you to go and see your doctor so he/she can taper your medications down safely. Sometimes it can be harmful to combine natural therapies with conventional creams/drugs, so always seek the advice of your doctor before you start treating yourself naturally.

Over time, as your condition gets better, you will be able to get away with seeing your doctor less and less. Conventional drugs are not as evil as some natural therapists will make you believe. Although they can cause side effects when used long term, in the short term the strongest conventional drugs can control those symptoms far quicker and more effectively than any known natural therapy. So if you are suffering from a particularly nasty flare-up, there is no evil in accepting a drug from your doctor. While using a medical drug, it doesn't hurt for example, to eliminate certain eczema-triggering foods from your diet.

March 20 2012

maryirire5

Natural Home Remedies For Eczema

Eczema is a condition that manifests in patchy areas of itching, erythema and scaling on the skin. Eczema usually affects children, although it can also occur in adults. Conventional therapy includes anti-histamine medications, anti-inflammatory medications and UV light therapy. Over time you can become more and more dependent on these drugs, and the longer you use them the more likely you are to develop a side-effect, allergy or tolerance to the drug. I'd advise you opt for conventional medical therapy only if you have a very severe case of eczema, for example if you have a skin infection, then it is very important that you take antibiotics to help fight the infection. If however your eczema is NOT that bad, you may consider using alternative home therapies.

Oatmeal Eczema Therapy

Oats are a very common natural therapy for eczema. They work by giving your skin extended periods of moisturization, by forming a transparent film over your skin. You can either use oats as they come in the box, or it is better to put them in a blender to form a powder. If you don't have a blender or food processor, then you can always buy oats in the powder form in your local supermarket. After that, simply add a cup or two of the powder to your bath.

It's best to add the oatmeal when the water is running to avoid clump formation. Allow your body to be suspended in this oat-solution for at least 10 minutes, preferably longer. It is very unlikely that this solution will irritate your skin, though there is a very slight possibility, and if this does happen then stop using oatmeal baths immediately. Otherwise, you must continue to use it for a few weeks before seeing its full effect. This particular home remedy works well when your condition is particularly bad, and the good thing is you can use it as much as you want.

Change In Lifestyle

To get the best results, one must focus on eliminating a wide range of different possible causes of eczema. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of different possible triggers for eczema, many of which are known, but most of which are yet to be discovered.

As with many illnesses that are triggered/worsened by lifestyle practices, it is helpful if you keep a diary of the foods you eat, your daily activities, and the severity of your symptoms. When people are committed to do this, they almost always notice a pattern of activities that are linked to a worsening of their condition - like exposure to cigarette smoke/pollution, the wearing of particular fabrics or perfumes, and the consumption of certain foods such as dairy. Better than any drug or natural remedy you can take for eczema, is to be identify what these particular causative factors are and to eliminate them from your life. Where you eliminate one form of food from your diet to help with your eczema, be sure to replace it with another type of food that contains a similar or better nutrient content. Generally, you can't go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try using hypoallergenic detergent and soap when possible. If you have a second rinse option on your washing machine, then consider using it at least once to really get that detergent off your clothes. Diet can play a HUGE role in helping to treat your eczema, since certain foods directly or indirectly modulate the behaviour of your immune system. Avoid eating out in general, and avoid all junk food. Eat more natural whole foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables - either lightly steamed or uncooked. The above are a few of many different tactics you can use to help get rid of your eczema naturally.

Warnings

Despite these home remedies being effective, it is still necessary for you to get a full diagnosis from your doctor, since other serious skin conditions like psoriasis can easily be mistaken for eczema by the untrained eye. Some medications can also interact with home remedies, so it is especially important for you to seek professional help before you start using alternative therapies.

Over time, as your condition gets better, you will be able to get away with seeing your doctor less and less. If you have severe eczema, you may need to use traditional medicine to get it under control. While using a medical drug, it doesn't hurt for example, to eliminate certain eczema-triggering foods from your diet.

March 15 2012

maryirire5

The Role Of Food In Eczema

Atopic eczema is the commonest type of eczema. It is a chronic condition, which results in scaly and itchy skin, with patchy areas of inflammation. Although this particular condition can affect the skin anywhere on the body, it is most likely to occur on the bends of the elbows and knees, and also on the face. There are many possible causes of eczema, and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, or CSNN, states that a proper diet can play an important role in treating this skin disorder.

Diet Intolerance

Although not true for ALL eczema sufferers, it is quite common for eczema to occur in people who already suffer from allergies. With a lot of people who suffer from eczema, their condition is made far worse upon continual consumption of foods that their body is intolerant of. Many people have gone on to either reduce their symptoms or cure themselves of eczema by going through a period of abstinence from foods that have been shown to exacerbate the condition.

Foods To Avoid...

Food intolerances of course, vary from one person to another, but some common foods to watch out for include cow's milk, coffee (regardless of caffeine content), soybeans, wheat and maize. After three weeks, you reintroduce one food item per day and monitor closely for a return or worsening of eczema symptoms. Should none occur, then that food is considered safe for consumption. When you identify the culprit, you would then be able to abstain from it as necessary in order to control the severity of your symptoms. Dairy products are known to worsen eczema more than other foods, so pay particular attention to your symptoms when bringing these back into your diet regime.

Foods to Eat and Avoid With Eczema

According to a number of research papers, a diet high in meat and poultry results in more inflammatory substances being released into your blood and cell membranes. Consuming animal products on a daily basis is highly inadvisable, especially if you are suffering from severe symptoms of eczema. CSNN advises eating a whole foods diet that emphasizes the following immune system-boosting foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, seafood, fresh fish, flaxseed oil and extra virgin olive oil. If you must eat meat, then be sure to opt for the organic and lean variety. Examples include skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast, and lean ground beef. Despite the increase in inflammation from increased levels of arachidonic acid, these types of meats may actually be beneficial, since they contain a lot of zinc, iron and B-vitamins which help to strengthen the immune system.

B Carotene and Vitamin A

Beta carotene and vitamin A have been observed to exhibit effective anti-inflammatory benefits, therefore helping to resolve inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. I highly suggest that you consider consuming foods that have high levels of either vitamin A or beta carotene. Such foods include collard greens, kale, broccoli, mustard and spinach.

Fiber

The health benefits of fiber are VAST, and it would take me all day to list them all to you here. One benefit that fiber has with eczema is that it helps to keep the bowels clean. The inner (luminal) walls of your intestines are given much protection from dietary roughage, which prevents toxic substances from hanging around long enough to have much effect. This reduces the occurrence of leaky gut syndrome, which is directly related to atopic conditions like asthma, rhinitis and eczema. Excellent sources of dietary fiber include fruits & vegetables, grains and whole-grains, beans, peas and other legumes, nuts and seeds.
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