I haven’t written in this blog as frequently as I have been hoping for – and for good reason:
I’m getting married! (hooray!)
I’m actually getting married in about 2 weeks time (so exciting – I can’t wait!), and all this marriage prep has been taking a toll on me (and my time). After the next 2-3 weeks after my wedding and honeymoon period is over, I’ll definitely be able to write more frequently again (so just you watch out for more posts here!). 😉
The man I’m marrying is the same man who stuck with me when my eczema flared up all over my body. He stuck with me through the hard times, said I love you when my skin was flaking everywhere, and was with me until my healing period. I’m so blessed to become his wife – and I hope all of you know that you deserve to be loved even when you have an eczema flare up! 🙂
Your eczema, too, can reach a place of healing – and I want to share with you today on:
5 reasons why your eczema is not healing
Low Vitamin D Levels
Although Vitamin D comes from the sun – just living in a sunny city may not give you enough Vitamin D you need. For instance, the sun-filled Arizona contains one of the most Vitamin D deficient population in the States. In fact, Scientists have found that vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune system.
Without sufficient vitamin D, the killer cells of the immune system (T cells) won’t be able to react and fight off infections in the body. A fault in the immune memory can cause eczema/dermatitis and psoriasis. One research study conducted by Stefanie and Kilian Eyerich showed that both diseases are caused by an impaired immunological memory. In addition, low serum vitamin D level is inversely associated with eczema in German children and adolescents.
I like this Seeking Health Optimal Vitamin D brand or Thorne Research Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin – so keep in mind that it’s best absorbed when taken with fats, such as oils! (That’s why you’ll often see Vitamin D supplements mixed with MCT oil – aka. Medium Chain Triglyceride oil).
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Yes…heavy metals can also affect your eczema! These are examples of heavy metals I’m referring to:
- Lead (found in lipstick or even water pipes that are still made of lead)
- Mercury (found in fish or even mercury fillings)
Heavy metal poisoning can affect any organ in your body. The most serious affects are seen in the blood and central nervous system. Heavy metals can also seriously harm detoxification organs (the liver, kidneys and lungs), which can create eczema, since heavy metal poisoning involves skin irritation and damage to skin cells.
Eczema can also show up as a form of contact allergy, since heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, copper, chromium, cobalt, and nickel, can trigger contact allergy will appear as eczema wounds. So the question is – how do you know if you have heavy metals? Almost everyone has some form of heavy metal in their body these days. It’s not really a question of whether you have it, but it is more a question of how much you have in your cells.
You can check to see if you have heavy metal toxicity by doing a hair mineral analysis or a urine test (the urine test is usually more accurate, and it involves consuming a liquid chelating agent that will pull heavy metals out of your tissue and will reveal if you have heavy metal toxicity in your body).
This is why detoxification is so important for your skin – the more you can detox toxins and heavy metals out of your body, the less chance it can irritate your skin and immune system.
Diet & Intestinal Permeability
Intestinal permeability (aka. leaky gut) can be a huge factor that affects eczema. I definitely had a leaky gut: I was constantly gassy, had trouble digesting foods, and had tingling sensations in my body when I ate the wrong foods. I saw a strong correlation with my gassyness and my skin.
The more my skin healed, the more my gas and bloating also healed, because my gut was healing! Most people with eczema have gut dysbiosis, since the skin is a reflection of what is happening inside the body. I started eating a lot of probiotics (with at least 10 billion CFU) and filled my diet with fermented foods, such as sauerkraut. This improved my digestion and filled my gut with good bacteria to help my skin heal!
Doctors also used to give me antibiotics frequently whenever I was not feeling too well, so I stopped relying on antibiotics (since they can really kill a lot of the good bacteria in the gut). My skin would dry out as a side effect of the antibiotics, so by eliminating/reducing it and relying on natural antibiotics like garlic, onions, and oregano oil, this has kept my gut healthier and happier. 🙂 Stay away from processed foods as these can definitely affect it as well!
Too Much Stress
We often overlook stress and we don’t even realize the extent that it affects us. When my skin first healed a lot, I had a lot of trouble healing the last 5-10% of my skin. I was so frustrated because I couldn’t figure out why, when I was doing so much to help it get better; I was eating what most people would call a “perfect” diet, and I was exercising.
It wasn’t until I quit my really stressful job, that my skin naturally healed itself! Why? Simply because I removed the biggest stressor in my life, and the flare ups naturally disappeared. Going to bed early is also a huge help. I was never able to sleep before midnight (even if I tried to sleep at 10pm!), so once I removed the stressors, I was finally able to sleep well throughout the night.
My itching reduced dramatically, and the insomnia that I had dealt with since I was a teenager finally also disappeared along with it. Quitting my job was the best decision I ever made at that time. Although I temporarily lacked money financially, I gained back my health. And, like they say, health is your greatest wealth.
Deficiency in Omega 3′s
Your skin is made up of fatty acids, and unfortunately, our diet in modern society is made up of too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3’s (which leads to inflammation). If your ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 is imbalanced (and studies show that most people nowadays have a ratio of 25:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3), you’ll most likely be more prone to having inflammation.
Since omega-3’s also help the body product important anti-inflammatory hormones, falling short of it can contribute to conditions, such as eczema, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. A severe deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids can also result in dry skin, hair loss and an impaired immune system.
When my eczema flared up like crazy, I doubled the dosage from 1-2 grams a day to 3-4 grams a day to reduce the inflammation. If you use a good quality fish oil, you’ll notice that the quality and softness of your skin will change as well (especially if you have eczema). Make sure to look for a good quality fish oil, like Nutrasea.
Don’t be alarmed if your healing does not come overnight. Since it’s taken years for bad habits of toxins to accumulate in your body, it will also take some time for your body to reverse the damage. 😉
Abby is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps clients achieve optimal health. She is passionate about seeing people use health and nutrition to transform lives. She hopes that her experiences and knowledge can help educate others on natural remedies that will help eczema. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, orYouTube for more updates!