I have eczema on my hands, which I have complained about before. It is in a constant state of flux ranging from just redness, cannot-stop-scratching itchiness, and oozing and cracking skin. I know. It’s gross. And it’s all over my hands which I have to use for everything, all the time. I’ve been trying tons of different lotions and washes and even did an elimination diet cleanse in an effort to get rid of it. To no avail. So when I saw The Eczema Cure by Emily Bartlett, I was more than a little excited to read it.
I’m not unfamiliar with the concept that what you eat affects your health in major ways. The elimination cleanse I did several months back was to figure out whether I had sensitivities to wheat, dairy, red meat, or refined sugars. Even though I already know some of the basics of the “real food” philosophy, I still gleaned some new and interesting information from this book. Some of the points that hit home for me:
“Leaky Gut Syndrome” and its tie-in with eczema.
I’ve been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome before, but as many people know, this diagnosis is pretty much a “I’m not sure what’s wrong with your digestive system, but there’s something funky going on in there” type of diagnosis. Leaky Gut Syndrome makes a LOT of sense to me.
Try eliminating lots of different foods to test for body reactions.
Additional foods to target in an elimination diet, such as acidic fruits, nuts, nightshades (like potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes), and shellfish.
Fats (the right kinds) are good!
We’ve been told otherwise by our national food guides. Butter is by far healthier than margarine.
Get gelatin in your diet.
Bone broth, the gelatin in particular, can help heal the gut and strengthen the digestive system – which in turn can affect external skin inflammation.
There are a lot of things in this eBook that I’m going to try on my path to healing from eczema. If you suffer with eczema, it is definitely worth a read.
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