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Why my eczema was all in my GUT

Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Many of us can have gut dysbiosis and not know it. Having any kind of dysbiosis can result in many symptoms including:


Bloating

Skin issues

Headaches

Acid reflux

Fatigue

Constipation

Joint pain

Brain fog


….. there is an endless list of signs and symptoms.


Gut dysbiosis is where, simply, your gut isn’t entirely happy and is showing signs. This can come from a lack of ‘good’ bacteria or a lack of microbiome diversity, or a ‘leaky’ gut where you have a gut lining permeability.


Even if you aren’t getting any actual digestive symptoms you may still have some dysbiosis or ‘leaky’ gut as I discovered…..


I never thought I had any kind of gut dysfunction; I rarely got bloated, had no acid reflux or abdominal discomfort. I could eat whatever I liked and didn’t feel any kind of side effect. But. I did have severe eczema throughout my life – from birth until in my forties.


It was once I learnt that everything comes from the inside out and I healed my gut, the eczema I had suffered with all my life virtually disappeared! I still get the odd little bit from time to time, but on a scale of 1 to 10, I would say it's now at a 1 or 2 whereas at it's most severe it was a 9 or 10.


Skin issues can be a good sign that there is some kind of gut disturbance going on – even if you don’t have actual GUT symptoms.


With eczema for instance, you get the redness, itching, oozing pus – not very nice and very uncomfortable.


What is going on in the gut to cause skin issues?


The itching (when it comes to conditions like eczema) can be caused by an over-active immune response which will result if you have ‘leaky’ gut (where the lining is permeable, meaning particles from the digestive tract leak through the barrier into the bloodstream where the immune system reacts).


It can also be a histamine intolerance. If your intestines are inflamed this will impact the production of the DAO enzyme (an enzyme which breaks down the histamine) which leads to a build-up of histamine. Histamine is most abundant in the mast cells of our gut lining, so having a strong, intact gut lining is top priority when it comes to our overall health.


There are many things you can try to heal your gut lining and keep your gut happy.


  • Eliminating any infections (for instance, H-pylori or SIBO)

  • Raising antioxidant levels

  • Lowering systemic inflammation

  • Lowering stress levels

  • Ensuring you have plentiful good gut bacteria

  • Taking herbs and spices that help to ease symptoms (for instance, ginger is a great histamine blocker)

  • Limiting fermented foods (if histamine is an issue for you)

  • Stay hydrated (helps the gut mucosal lining)


If you want to learn more about your own gut health or want help with any symptoms you're experiencing - get in touch for your own individual, comprehensive plan:


Email: sharonraenutrition@gmail.com




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