Unfortunately, many conditions including eczema have become more common in children and, one of the reasons for this growth, could be due to an imbalance in the gut bacteria.
This chronic itchy skin condition usually starts within the first five years of life, most often in the first six months, typically lasting into childhood and even adolescence. There are times when the skin appears only mildly affected while, during other periods, it is moderately to severely affected.
Gut health and the link with eczema
There are 4 main ways in which the body eliminates unwanted matter :
- The bowels get rid of food waste as well as waste from the lymphatic system and toxins from the blood that the liver has cleaned out.
- The kidneys and bladder handle cellular waste as they clean the blood.
- The lungs deal with any waste that can be converted to a gas, like carbon dioxide.
- And the skin eliminates waste as we perspire.
All four methods have to work properly for optimum efficiency but even if just one is not, any waste finds it way back into the body and then has to look for another method for elimination.
What can happen when waste cannot be eliminated?
According to Kathryn Doran-Fisher
(a traditional naturopathic doctor
), eczema is a result of waste material being passed out of the skin that was never meant for the skin! These irritating substances come with inflammation, itching and redness as the immune system works to get rid of it.
Dr Kathryn goes on to say...
"An infant has a very porous digestive tract. That is why large immune components from mother's milk can transfer immunity to the baby. But if the mother has a lot of waste material in her blood and the resulting immune response - her milk will contain those inflammation promoting immune components. This results in what I call "breastfeeding eczema". The baby's body is having an inflammatory response due to the waste in the mother's blood.
And if the infant is formula fed, eczema can still result because they are not getting the beneficial immune components or colostrum in breastmilk but instead getting soy, high fructose corn syrup, genetically modified ingredients, and a whole host of other things never meant for a baby's sensitive digestive tract.
Dr. Kathryn asks where this excess amount of waste comes from?
She tells us that the digestive tract is the answer
This is because of the abuse of antibiotics in the past fifty years so that the normal gut bacteria in a healthy digestive tract is being displaced by yeast and even pathogenic forms of bacteria. The problem is that this is combined with stress, a diet of convenience foods as well as the antibiotic resistant bacteria. Even if a healthier diet is introduced, this can still be turned into chemical waste. There are just too many toxins for the body to eliminate successfully.
And so the appearance of eczema is just one of a whole host of conditions that can result.
How to help and heal eczema?
- One of the ways to help and heal is of course to investigate the state of gut health. The child may well be immune compromised where there is a lack of good bacteria in their digestive system.
- Changing to a raw food diet is another way. Ideally, the diet of a dedicated raw foodist will include a large proportion of living, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and unprocessed food along with pure water. Such a diet helps the system to eliminate the toxins that are actually created during the cooking process as well as optimizing health by alkalizing the body. Eating plenty of whole, bioavailable organic foods, including lots of fresh vegetables, is the number one strategy for supplying the necessary nutrients the skin needs to thrive.
- Dry flaky skin and eczema are often signs of a deficiency in omega-3 fat so if you can increase healthy fats in your diet (and via supplementation), these may well boost the skin’s appearance.
- Limiting sugar and grains, and supplementing with fermented foods or beneficial probiotic bacteria, may help to reduce eczema too.
- Dryness and eczema go hand in hand and it is this dryness that makes it so important to keep on moisturizing when you have the recurring symptoms of eczema including itching, inflammation and thickening of the skin. Add in heat and sweat, and the skin becomes even more irritated and itchy. When the body sweats, valuable water and moisture is lost from the skin. If you or someone you care for has eczema, establish a skin care routine to try and lock in moisture.
- Dry skin brushing combined with use of a natural scrub to exfoliate, followed by a natural moisturizer, can help to get rid of dry skin topically.
- Avoiding exposure to irritating, detergents, soaps and other substances which can cause contact eczema.
- Using our own H-Eczema Formula (as directed) will work gently with your child’s body to heal his or her symptoms without the adverse effects that other harsh eczema remedies (containing chemicals and other harmful ingredients) can bring.