Eczema is an inflammatory condition that involves “flare-ups“ generated from food allergies , food intolerances or stress irritants. Symptoms of eczema range from swollen/dry skin that may be very itchy to bleeding sores. One factor that may cause eczema is genetics – research shows that people that have or are currently suffering (or had family that suffered) from asthma or hay fever are more likely to develop eczema. The three of these are allergen related diseases called the atopic triad, and essentially means that your body does not respond as well to potentially irritating stimuli. Another factor that can lead to eczema is auto immunity. One family member may have an auto immune like fibromyalgia which effects the connective tissues and another family member may have eczema which effects the skin.
Eczema flare-ups are caused by two things – stress and food. High stress levels raises cortisol which causes the adrenals to overwork themselves. This weakens your body’s immune system which makes it more susceptible to irritants, intolerances and allergies. People that struggle with eczema should have do a stress management progams for themselves, avoid caffeine, and make sure to get plenty of sleep.
The second cause of linked to eczema is food. This is where things get interesting. It should be specified that generalized diets do nothing for reducing eczema. While eating healthy benefits your body regardless, there is no research that shows that “eczema diets“ have any actual effect. What’s important in contrast is to know your body’s specific food allergies (IGE) and food intolerances (IGG). Since each person has a unique body, we have unique ways in which we absorb and process the food we eat. Regardless of our ailments – eating foods that our body does not process as well can cause unnecessary stress on the body which amplifies any ailments we already have, including being linked to eczema.
Nutritionally Yours has successfully helped people with eczema clear up. We undestand that eczema may be linked to food allergies and the diet needs to be unique for them. We highly suggest an IGG and IGE food allergy test for anyone struggling from eczema or any skin condition. Identifying your personal irritants can help bring relief and significantly reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms, all while getting you feeling better.
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by Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC