Detoxification to Eczema Healing

Detoxification is gaining popularity among eczema sufferers, especially adults. Many have claimed that their eczema disappears after they have gone through a detox program. It is believed that eczema and other common skin disorder is caused by toxins in the body. This school of thought is common among the Traditional Chinese Medication practitioners. I can’t say this works for everyone, but if you have tried many ways to heal eczema and have not been successful, why not give detoxification a try. Detox is great for general health too.

If you have not try detox before, it is never too late to get started.

First, you have to reduce toxins in your body. Try to cut down on the following: cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, eating foods with saturated fats and refined sugars (cola and ketchup contains a lot) – these acts as toxins in your body and as a hindrance to your healing development.

The use of household cleaners that are chemical-based and personal health care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, deodorants and cleansers should be reduced as well. These chemicals are inside us; we never really fully eliminate them unless going to a process of detoxification.

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Dry Skin Due to Vitamin A Deficiency

One of the symptoms of a Vitamin A deficiency is dry, cracked skin and dry/brittle hair. To replenish your skin and immune health, it will be necessary to drink plenty of water and eat vegetables and fruit that contain beta carotene/vitamin A. Green vegetables (like kale, collards, spinach & brocolli), carrots, squash, romaine/green lettuce, sweet potatoes, and grapefruit are good sources of beta carotene/vitamin A. However, supplementing your diet with vitamins, while at the same time eating and drinking things that cause havoc to the immune system (such as, soft drinks & processed foods/sugars), will not produce the same healthy effect.

A word of caution: just as the body can reflect symptoms of disease through vitamin deficiencies, it can also reflect disease through vitamin overdose. It is possible to overdose on vitamin A; therefore I suggest the much healthier approach of supplementation through foods (fruits, vegetables & whole grains), the way nature intended. Because of the nature of people to look for quick fixes through pills and because of their tendancy to over indulge (me included), I often suggest a one-a-day multivitamin for daily nutritional supplementation to avoid the overindulgence of pill popping (very dangerous). Consuming water, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are the best means of daily nutrition and vitamin/mineral supplementation.

I can recommend three options for moisturizing that you may want to consider: ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Lotion (fragrance free), Nature’s Gate – Skin Therapy Colloidal Oatmeal, 18 fl oz lotion(fragrance free), and Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion 7oz. You can visit them and try test samples before making a purchase. This is done to test for allergen sensitivities.

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Practical Daily Routines to Keep Eczema Itch Away

What most people do not understand is the eczema itch can be unbearable and difficult to resist scratching. Good routines are important to keep the skin moist, clean and healthy, thus reducing the itch, hopefully. Here are some practical daily routines to keep the itch away:

* Take your bath. Some doctors used to tell eczema patients not to bathe frequently. Now, many believe that one or two baths or showers a day can be very helpful. However, it is important to make sure your water is chlorine free. Chlorine could be one of the allergens and thus, it is a good idea to invest in an efficient water filtration system for the household.

* Bathe in lukewarm water. It is less drying than hot water.

* Stay in the water for at least 10 to 20 minutes, or until your skin start to pucker or crinkle. This gives time to your skin to absord water through their membranes and keep it hydrated.

* Throw the soap away. Use Bath Oil instead.

* Seal in water with moisturizer. The best time to apply moisturizer is immediately after you step out of the bath or shower. Just blot off, not wipe, excess water with a towel and liberally apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp. The best form of moisturizer is Shea Butter. There are many types of Shea Butter, but African Shea Butter is one of the best. This after-bath treatment helps trap the moisture that has gotten into your skin while bathing.

* Keep moisturizers handy. It is good habit to keep a small tube of travel size moisturizer and carry everywhere you go. Every time you wash your hands, apply a coat of moisturizer.

* Make sure your skin is able to release sweat. When we get too warm, a release of sweat, not only gets rid of toxins in the body; but also, cool the body down. When those sweat glands are blocked, the heat that should be released is suppressed underneath the skin and this will promote a burning/itching sensation.

* Wash that itch right out of your clothes. Use mild laundry detergents and rinse your clothes twice when washing to clear away all traces of detergent. Avoid fabric softeners, because the fragrances in them can make your skin itch.

* Protect your hands. Wear gloves whenever you do dishes or housework, because soap and water, cleaning products and even dust can irritate your skin. However, rubber gloves tend to get hot and make your hands sweaty, so wear cotton glove liners inside the rubber gloves to absorb perspiration.

I hope these tips are useful. Head over to EczemaFreeNaturally for more tips on how to get rid of itch the natural way.

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3-Step Internal Cleansing to Eczema Healing

If you have been taking or applying steroids to treat your eczema, then you will need to make sure you are cleansed internally before any healing can take place. There are many internal cleansing methods out there. However, there are 3 methods which you can do it at home and cheaply. Here is the first method:

Water

First of all, to begin the very basic internal cleansing process, without the expensive products, simply change your diet. Most importantly is water, water, water. You need to drink plenty of water. Yes, I know we all heard of the cliché of drinking 8 glasses of water per day. But there is truth in it. Water is the best and most basic way to flush toxins out of our body system. Make sure the water you drink is well filtered and free of chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals. Besides clearing your body’s toxins, water helps to keep your skin moist or hydrated. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and sugary drinks which promote skin irritation and deteriorates your immune health deterioration. Increase your intake of grape juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and orange juice provide healthy benefits for your skin and immune system. However, regarding the citrus fruit drinks, be sure to balance the intake to your acidic level capacity which is different from one person to another. You will have to find your right balance.

Regular Bowel Movements

The body releases or removes toxins from three different exit points: the bowels, the urine, and the skin. An eczema manifestation is a toxic release. It is the body’s attempt to remove those toxins from the bloodstream. Where constipation exists, it promotes toxic buildup in other areas of the body (including the bloodstream). As a result of the constipation, the skin begins to bear the load of the toxic release.

To have a regular bowel movement, you have to increase intake of fiber. If you aren’t getting enough daily fiber through your food intake, you may need to supplement. If that is the case with you, I suggest an organic supplement where green vegetables are the main source.

Strong Digestive System

There is definitely a relationship between your skin health and poor digestive health. To improve your digestive health, you might want to try IntraCleanse-Two Step Detoxification System, 1 System . This is a comprehensive 2-step internal cleansing packet. It incorporates a colon, bowel, liver, kidney & parasite cleanse in one system. We should be having daily bowel movements. If you are suffering from chronic constipation, your skin’s health suffers too.

Do you suffer with constipation, yeast infections, or nasal congestion? Any of these are evidence of fiber deficiencies and would be greatly remedied by a fiber supplement or an increase of fiber foods. This increase in fiber intake will benefit the skin by having the toxins removed on a regular basis through daily bowel movements. And to reiterate, it will also help in ridding the body of the candida which promotes eczema flareups.

Eczema Free Naturally offers a lot of good tips on internal and external cleansing which is crucial to eczema healing.

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Practical and Healthy Eczema Diet

A strong immune system is crucial to healing eczema. The important key to a strong immune system is through a healthy diet. This basic information regarding the importance of a nutritious diet is something that each dermatologist or physician should discuss with their eczema patients. It’s not that the body needs to be medicated; but rather, that it needs to be fed the nutrients for which it is deficient.

Although you do not have to eat each and every food group listed here, it is encouraged to try to make sure that these essential nutrients become a part of your or your child’s daily diet. Here are some of the essential food groups beneficial to people with eczema.

Vitamin A,B and C are especially important to those with eczema. Commonly we associated Vitamin A with good eyesight and skin. Not many of us realize that this is an immune boosting nutrient as well. Because eczema is an immuno-disorder, you can understand the importance of this essential nutrient towards the healing process. In other words, an eczema flare up signifies a deficiency in Vitamin A (especially beta carotene which is a major contributing factor in eczema healing). As a matter of fact, and if I had to do order of importance, replenishing this nutrient would be my first focus.

A word of caution here, just as vitamin A deficiencies can cause disease, so can over-dosage. This is why you need to be careful when supplementing this vitamin, as in the form of pills. I would prefer consuming this essential nutrient through whole food consumption which is the safest way.

Vitamin B2(riboflavin) helps the body cells to use oxygen and promotes tissue repair/healthy skin. B3 (niacin) is essential for cell metabolism and the absorption of carbohydrates which also helps to maintain healthy skin. Whole food sources for vitamin B2/riboflavin are milk, cheese, liver, fish, & poultry. A major whole food source for B3/niacin is liver.

Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine which regulates histamine release in a healthy manner without promoting the harmful side effects as those created by steroid and other eczema medications. And, of course, Vitamin C is essential for boosting the immune system. You must make sure your body gets a constant daily supply of Vitamin C as it is not stored in the body.

Fiber is especially important for good digestive health. Fiber promotes good digestion. This will not only help rid the constipation problem; but it will also remove candida. Candida is a yeast like parasite that promotes eczema. Fiber promotes healthy digestive flow and helps in ridding the body of the candida that promotes eczema flare ups.

The essential fatty acids and vitamin E addresses the skin and cells moisture levels. EFA’s are responsible for maintaining the cells moisture. This is important because the skin’s moisture barrier serves as a protective barrier against the elements (free radicals). Some of the food sources of fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, hemp oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.

No less important, minerals play an crucial role in eczema healing as well. Zinc and Selenium are essential minerals to boost immune health. Many studies have noted that children with Sootherbs Zinc Lozenges with Echinacea & Vitamin C, Honey Lemon, 30-Count Boxes (Pack of 4) eczema tend to be zinc-deficient . Zinc is found in oysters, crabmeat, braised pot roast, oysters, turkey (dark meat/roasted), and to a far lesser degree in most animal proteins, beans, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.)

Although Selenium is toxic in large doses, it is essential to strengthen the immune system. Dietary selenium comes from cereals, meat, fish, eggs, brazil nuts, chicken liver (cooked), oysters (cooked), sunflower seeds (roasted), tuna fish, & wheat flour (whole grain) . The recommended dietary allowance for adults is 55 micrograms per day. Liver and Brazil nuts are particularly rich sources of selenium.

Just making small adjustment to our daily diet to include all these food groups can make a difference to the journey to natural eczema healing. For more tips and resources on healing eczema naturally, please go to http://www.eczemafreenaturally.com

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