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Climate Change Exacerbates Atopic Diseases Like Eczema!



“Increased heat, humidity, more variable weather, wildfires, and pollution — all of these can trigger or worsen atopic dermatitis, at least in some individuals,” Lio added. “We all need to work fast to understand how we can push back against these forces to minimize the development and severity of atopic diseases.”


The key is to change your diet and the first thing that should go is dairy, Psoriasis occurs when the immune system causes skin cells to grow faster than usual, and dead cells build up on the skin's surface instead of falling away. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, causes swelling, dryness, rashes, and itchiness. Current research has shown that both conditions come from the diet a person eats that is heavy in dairy, processed sugars (colas, soymilk chocolate), and grains like white rice and pasta causes an excess of mucus in the body. The skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body! This mucus is unable to be removed from other channels of elimination like the lungs or bowels so it begins to be excreted through the skin. Dairy industries would like you to believe that you can eat more dairy and not suffer but their is more eczema today than 20 years ago and it is directly related to cheese intake in particular!


Stopping intake of dairy is especially important for people suffering from weeping eczema. With weeping eczema, blisters will ooze and cause your skin to be wet. Once the fluid dries, it'll cause a yellow or orange layer of crust over your skin which then becomes scaly. Because of all this mucus many people suffer other symptoms relating to the body trying to eliminate mucus. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and a slight sore throat at night due to post nasal drip. Eczema and nasal congestion run together as part of a triad: eczema, nasal congestion, and sometimes asthma. This congestion is often mistaken for a cold.



Dairy products are a common source of food allergies, and consuming dairy may make eczema symptoms worse if you're allergic. As a result, many people who experience eczema exclude dairy from their diet. Eczema doesn't directly cause respiratory problems, but many people with this condition also have allergies and/or asthma that can affect your breathing. So that prompts people to ask, "Is eczema related to the lungs?" Eczema is a group of skin conditions not related to your lungs but it is related to the mucus your lungs are unable to remove from your body thus the prevalence of having lung problems that can develop into a myriad of other complaints also related to excess mucus caused by diet.


Having eczema doesn't automatically mean you have a weak immune system. It does mean that your immune system is sensitive, and probably reacting to things that aren't necessarily though of as real threats to your body. Your body is trying to warn you but many of us ignore the warnings until the symptoms become to large or numerous to ignore. Some people with eczema have a primary immunodeficiency disorder that may make them even more likely to get infections. Yet according to the latest research the root cause comes down to an unhealthy diet. Cow's milk allergy and eczema often co-exist and having an effective treatment regime is important starting with eliminating mucus from the body.


Vitamin D also influences gene expression, and some research suggests that a lack of it in utero may predispose a person to eczema. Some people may be at more risk of vitamin D deficiency the majority of those are Caucasian but the numbers include those with darker skin, breastfed infants, and dark skinned people who do not expose their skin to enough sunlight on a regular basis. Aalthough vitamin D does not have free radical scavenger activity like vitamin E or C, it upregulates essential proteins for a cellular response like the nuclear factor erythroid 2–related factor 2 (Nrf2) and the antioxidant enzymes glutathione peroxidase and reductase, among others.


A study of people with seborrheic dermatitis a type of eczema linked to yeast infection showed that topical treatment with glutathione in combination with hyaluronic acid resulted in a significant decrease in symptoms (and in some participants, complete clearing of skin) with no adverse reactions. Greens such as kale, spinach, coriander, and lettuce are abundant sources of magnesium and help support hyaluronic acid production. In addition to leafy greens, broccoli, avocado, kiwi, beans, and okra are also HA-friendly foods.


Coconut oil is a deeply moisturizing ingredient that locks in moisture and creates a barrier on dry, damaged skin. It's great for layering on top of hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid. After eliminating mucus causing foods from your diet a daily cleansing drink for your body might be in order combining Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon Juice or unsweetened pineapple juice and Cucumber juice and using honey, date sugar or monkfruit as a sweetener can help your pancreas and lower your blood sugar as well. The curcumin in turmeric can help fight off infection that may be triggering mucus production. “It's also shown to aid with decongesting airways, and supporting the excretion of excess mucus. A pinch of black pepper acts as an antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial ingredient that fights the infection.


Antiviral and antibacterial properties of ginger can help in easing congestion in the chest by drying out excess mucus and stimulating removal of its buildup. The acid in the lemon juice breaks down the mucus built up in the nasal cavities while also soothing the throat. Being rich in water, potassium, and vitamin C, cucumber offers a helping hand with cleansing the body of excess mucus. Pineapple juice contains a mixture of enzymes called bromelain. Bromelain can help with respiratory problems that are tied to allergies and asthma. It has mucolytic properties that help break up and expel mucus.


Plant-based foods – Plant-based soups, salads, and smoothies are vital additions for those battling mucus. Some veggies and fruits, including leafy greens, tomatoes, onions, grapes, blueberries, and cherries, contain quercetin. This pigment is a powerful anti-histamine, which reduces phlegm and other allergy symptoms. Studies have found that eating sulfur-rich vegetables may reduce oxidative stress by increasing glutathione levels. Some vegetarian sources of sulfur are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, watercress and mustard greens. Allium vegetables, including garlic, shallots and onions, also boost glutathione levels — likely due to their sulfur-containing compounds.


Generally speaking, people with eczema do best in climates that are not too hot or too cold, and are not overly humid. Coastal areas tend to be the most beneficial, as temperatures tend to remain relatively consistent year-round and humidity levels are usually more moderate. Beachfront property...? Salt water can be good for eczema. It has antiseptic properties (preventing infections) and anti-inflammatory properties – but it all depends on the situation. Salt water can be soothing on the skin but if the skin is broken (often the case with eczema) salt water can sting.

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