Why is Eczema So Common?
Eczema is a common skin condition that can rear its ugly head at any given time. One can experience numerous flareups in a short time frame, or only during specific times of the year. Many feel it most during the cold winter months, as heating systems go into full force and dry out skin.
So, What’s Wrong with Prescription Medication?
The problem with eczema, or as it is medically treated, is that, like most other conditions, are temporary band-aid solutions. They just don’t get to the root of the problem. If you’re an eczema sufferer, you should know, if you don’t already know, that these flareups are caused by interior factors, underlying problems. In other words, your skin, being the largest organ of the body, is trying to rid itself of something that is just not right. The problem with dermatologists is that they don’t try to discover what that the issue really is, so they prescribe harsh, skin-thinning topical ointments to “rectify” the condition.
Gut Bacteria May Be the Problem
While an eczema sufferer may have temporary relief from such ointments, they aren’t treating the problem in itself, but only its symptoms. Since the problem is on the inside, you must treat it as such. Very often, the culprit is directly related to the gut, and more particularly, gut bacteria. Of course, there may be numerous causes for this and other skin conditions, but getting your gut bacteria balanced certainly won’t hurt, and would likely improve your eczema nonetheless.
How to Improve Gut Bacteria
The key is to heal the gut lining. This can be done in numerous ways, and gradually, rather than abruptly. Too harsh a treatment may actually cause a variety of discomforting issues, so better slow and steady.
Start by gradually adding probiotics to your diet. Take probiotic supplements with a meal, or open the capsule and sprinkle contents on top of your meal.
Eat lots of yogurt with live bacterial cultures, but go for unsweetened kinds as sugar is not kind to the body. Read the label to ensure it’s real yogurt. If you need to sweeten it, add organic honey, which in itself is a natural antibiotic. If you can’t find it on the grocer’s shelves, then make it yourself–it’s easy and anyone can do it.
Get in the Kitchen and Cook
Get ready to do some serious cooking and forget all about processed packaged foods that are literally killing us, one box at a time. Plan a menu that really pleases you, with simple, yet nutritious dishes that are quick to prepare, unless you already love cooking.
Fermented foods have been consumed for thousands of years, aiding in strengthening the immune system, as the friendly gut bacteria multiplies. They make great side dishes, and are truly beneficial, but only when they are the real thing. Some store bought products may seem to be fermented, but it’s not always the case.
Bone broth is a healthy way to heal the gut lining, and this doesn’t come out of a tetra pak. You’ll have to commit to preparing it at home, but it’s easy to do. Just boil bones and simmer for a lengthy period of time. Season and salt as desired. However, choose bones from a real butcher, and preferably from local farmers that raise healthy, grass-fed animals.
Purge Many “Ingredients”
Forget about wheat and dairy products, except for yogurt.
Introduce Beneficial Ingredients
Coconut Oil is one of the best ingredients to use, unless you’re allergic, either topically, in food preparation, or both.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is another healthy choice that can heal the body through providing necessary healthy fats it requires for optimum health. It will reduce inflammation and help to promote healthy cells, hormones and brain development.