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Gut Health and Eczema: Exploring the Connection and Strategies for Management

Updated: May 10


Unlocking Natural Approaches to Managing Eczema Through Improved Gut Health




Eczema is more than just a surface-level issue. Often misunderstood and underestimated, this chronic skin condition affects millions of people globally and manifests as red, itchy rashes. Traditional treatments typically focus on symptom management, but those of us looking deeper into the root causes of health issues have noticed the connection between gut health and eczema. By addressing gut health, many have found significant improvements in their symptoms, offering a fresh perspective and renewed hope. This blog explores how gut health impacts eczema and outlines strategies to support eczema clearing naturally.


Understanding Eczema and Its Traditional Treatments


Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, stems from chronic inflammation of the skin. While the exact causes of eczema are varied, the symptoms are often managed through topical treatments including emollients and corticosteroids to conserve skin moisture and reduce inflammation. Avoiding known irritants or allergens is also crucial. However, these methods often do not address underlying conditions contributing to eczema outbreaks.


The Gut-Skin Connection: A Closer Look


Recent studies bring to light the connection between the state of our digestive system and skin health. Eczema often coincides with food sensitivities where IgG mediated reactions to foods such as dairy, gluten, and others contribute to inflammation aggravating eczema. Moreover, many individuals with eczema also suffer from dysbiosis—a disruption in the natural balance of gut bacteria. These conditions can create a cascade of health issues, including increased intestinal permeability (commonly known as leaky gut), which allows particles to escape into the bloodstream and cause immune reactions and further inflammation.


Genetic Components and Eczema


Approximately 70% of eczema sufferers have a defect in the FLG gene, essential for forming the skin's barrier. This genetic predisposition makes tackling eczema from merely a topical standpoint less effective as the skin barrier is inherently compromised, facilitating irritation and inflammation.


Holistic Strategies to Combat Eczema


Improving gut health may provide a significant breakthrough in managing eczema. Adopting dietary and lifestyle changes not only can help alleviate symptoms but also address the root causes of eczema linked to gut health:


1. Trial an Elimination Diet:


An elimination diet involves removing potential trigger foods for several weeks. Monitor the response and slowly reintroduce them to determine specific triggers under medical supervision.


2. Gut Repairing Foods:


Incorporate foods rich in L-glutamine, collagen, and bone broth to aid in repairing the gut lining. These nutrients support gut integrity and strengthen the mucosal barrier, decreasing the chances of unwanted particles leaking into the body.


3. Supplementation for Healing:


Key nutrients like vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids have proven beneficial. Vitamin D supports the immune system and enhances skin barrier functions, while omega-3s reduce inflammation, crucial for managing eczema.


4. Embrace Anti-inflammatory Foods:


Adopting a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric can also impact skin health positively. These foods support overall bodily health and can reduce the incidences and severity of eczema flare-ups.


5. Professional Guidance:


Consulting with a gut health practitioner can be invaluable. Personalized advice on addressing gut flora imbalances, potential infections like candida or bacterial overgrowths, can be crucial in forming a comprehensive plan tailored to individual needs.


Concluding Thoughts


Addressing eczema requires a nuanced approach, considering both external treatments and internal health factors. By focusing on gut health and exploring the complex interplay between digestion and skin health, individuals suffering from eczema can find improved ways to manage and potentially alleviate their conditions. Remember, each step towards a healthier gut is a step towards clearer skin.



-Ashley

CEO, FNP, Functional Wellness Coach

Wellness with AO



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