Let Us Elaborate…
People suffering from eczema present with dry, flakey or raw skin. Atopic eczema isn’t contagious but your genetics can determine the likelihood that you will suffer from this condition.
Skin is our bodies largest organ which also has a number of functions. The main functions of the skin are protection, regulation of body temperature, formation of vitamin D, cutaneous sensation, absorption and excretion. The skin can often be the first visual sign of underlying disease or imbalance in the body and a sign of disease in the gut. More than 10% of people in the USA are thought to suffer with some form of eczema.
In eczema, there are a number of factors to consider. Causes can include infection, irritants (such as soaps, certain clothing etc.), hormonal imbalance, allergens or diet. The resulting dry patches can crack and sometimes bleed. Sufferers must be discouraged from scratching as this can break and tear the tender and thinning skin, leading to secondary infections and bleeding. Sometimes with babies, this can mean putting cotton mittens on them to stop them scratching themselves badly.
Atopic eczema is often found in infants who have a reaction to cow’s milk and other allergies, and are therefore described as atopic and prone to hypersensitivity disorders. It can often occur in conjunction with asthma which is often linked to such allergies, and is another inflammatory disease.
Emotional upset can also play a part, with other triggers including changes in temperature, chemical and physical irritants, allergies, stress, infections and intestinal toxemia.
Dr J.F. Burgess, M.M.B, a lecturer on dermatology at McGill University and associate dermatologist at Montreal General Hospital, reported that after a study of 109 cases of eczema he found that: ‘Eczema is probably caused by intestinal toxemia… There is a strong association between a toxic state of the bowel and many types of skin manifestations and eczematous conditions’. If you feel you may be suffering from eczema we would always recommend that you speak to your GP to help diagnose the source.
What To Avoid
Exclusion diets can reveal the foods which exacerbate the condition and many people have found that excluding dairy products from the diet can greatly improve the condition.
- Alcohol & tobacco
As well as beef/red meat, dairy products have been widely accepted as making this condition worse and sometimes even giving rise to eczema.
Vegetables from the nightshade family, which contains tomatoes, peppers, aubergine (eggplant) and potatoes.
- Processed orange juice
What To Include
- In addition to those below, clinical studies have shown that vitamins A, C, E, zinc, omegas-3 and -6, chamomile and ginkgo biloba may be beneficial for those suffering with eczema.
- Anti-inflammatories – Vitamin D, omega-3, probiotics, evening primrose oil, borage oil, vitamin C, bromelain (found in pineapples), flavonoids, antioxidants found in dark berries and some plants have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthen connective tissue, and may help reduce allergic reactions.
The Juice Recipes
Watermelon, Pear, Cucumber & Mint Cooler (from 5:2 Juice Diet)
1/8 Watermelon (skin on)
x1 Small Handful Fresh Mint Leaves
How To Make:
Juice all ingredients and pour over ice.
Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.