Background Eczema Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding. It is a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition. It affects one in three Australians at some stage throughout their lives, and is most common in people with a family history of an atopic disorder, including asthma or hay fever. Atopic eczema is the most common form of the disease among Australians. The skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly, and in severe cases, may weep, bleed and crust over, causing the sufferer much discomfort. Sometimes the skin may become infected. The condition can also flare and subside for no apparent reason.

Food Intolerance

Eczema is one of many possible symptoms associated with food intolerances. When your body does not tolerate specific foods well, ingesting those foods creates a chronic, low-level irritation or inflammation in the gut. Over time, with regular exposure, the irritation worsens and creates fissures in the spaces between the cells. These holes allow bacteria and associated toxins, and moderately processed proteins and fats, to “leak” out of the gut and into the bloodstream. This is known as increased intestinal permeability, or often referred to as leaky gut syndrome. This condition, if left untreated may lead the way for a multitude of future health problems, including rashes and skin problems, just like eczema. Your skin is your body’s largest purging organ, so it’s not shocking that it comes under attack when toxins travel through the bloodstream. Rashes of the skin or more notably, eczema is a sure sign that your body is trying to eradicate these toxins.

Other signals:  Gas, bloating, lethargy, sinus congestion, foggy brain

How to respond your body’s signals

An elimination diet is the best way to isolate the particular food/s. begin this process with one or two foods you are suspicious of. This specific diet is the best way of improving your health. Don’t know where to start? Foods that are most likely to inflict turmoil on the gut include wheat and gluten-containing products, dairy products, sugar, soy, eggs, corn and yeast. If you’re motivated enough, Remove these five common foods for a week: wheat, dairy, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. This way you’re certain to discover the signals that your body puts out. You might also consider writing a food journal. Spend a week or more recording what you are eating and how your body responds in the minutes, hours and days afterward. This process is about repetition and indicator perception which in turn assists you to select which foods to exclude first.

Maintain a healthier gut and improved digestion

The healthy bacteria in fermented food produces enzymes that break down food, making the nutrients more easily accessible for the body, and keeping the food moving along nicely. In particular, consuming fermented vegetables can have twice the benefits since they are often a good source of fibre, which aids in sustaining a healthy gut microbiome as well. Have low-sodium sauerkraut or pickles on hand and top your sandwiches or salads with this good-for-you flavour punch.

The Eczema Association of Australasia Inc

The Eczema Association of Australasia’s aim is to improve the life for those involved with eczema through community representation and education. The EAA aims to reach all those Australians who live with this debilitating disease everyday. They need to know that they can get help, support, education and relief. On the EAA official website, sufferers and carers can obtain and download all the necessary information needed.


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