I know I haven’t had an Eczema update in a while (read update one and update two). To be honest, there hasn’t been much to report and I suppose I haven’t made too many changes. Things aren’t better, but they are not worse.
I have cut back on my natural sugar consumption, but I have not eliminated it totally. I also still eat grains, but they are mostly all sprouted or fermented. I have also been studying for my medical coding certification…which means I have spent most of my time either working, blogging, or burying my nose in a textbook. So I have slacked on reading up on how to heal my eczema!
Which is precisely why I love documenting my journey here on my blog, it keeps me accountable when I slack. I still have the itchiness here and there, and I can still see the small red, dry patches of skin on parts of my body (there is this tiny patch just by my shoulder that packs a lot of itch despite its small size!). I know I still must heal my body and I can’t keep slacking any longer.
I must be doing something right to keep my eczema almost at a “baseline”. I have increased the amount of Cod Liver Oil I take as mentioned in previous updates. As many of you know, I have also been reading the amazing book “The Eczema Cure”. Emily Bartlett talks about how eczema and “Leaky Gut” are related, and after reading up on it. I think I do in fact have “Leaky Gut”.
What is Leaky Gut?
Leaky Gut can be caused by many factors such as stress, inherent proneness to leaky gut itself, having taken antibiotics, eating the wrong foods, etc.
“Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition where the lining of the small intestine is damaged. This allows incompletely digested nutrients, toxins, bacteria, and wastes to ‘leak’ through the intestines and flood the blood stream. The foreign substances entering the blood then cause an autoimmune response in the body, which leads to inflammatory and allergic reactions such as headaches, joint pain, psycho-emotional imbalance, respiratory issues and digestive problems, and skin conditions – like eczema…
…Diagnosed or not, Leaky Gut Syndrome is likely the root cause of your eczema.” (“The Eczema Cure”, pg. 7)
Over the next few weeks, I plan on continuing with my Cod Liver Oil supplement, eating only fermented and sprouted grains, limiting my sugar consumption even more, and READING more of the “The Eczema Cure”. After explaining what leaky gut is, she has four great tools to start kicking eczema to the curb. I am going to try to implement these four tools to get my eczema under control for good.
I know I also mentioned that I would be finding a top-notch probiotic supplement to take. After much research, I could not find a probiotic supplement that I was happy with. Most had disgusting additives and I looked at several stores in town, online, on blogs – you name it, I checked. I decided to go with nature’s probiotics: lacto-fermentation, kombucha, fermented dairy (think yogurt), and the newest addition in my house: milk kefir!
What is Milk Kefir?
Milk Kefir is used for culturing dairy, it comes in the form of little grains, and is jam-packed with probiotics. They are live cultures that are made up of a symbiotic relationship of bacteria and yeast (which gives it antibiotic power!). It is primarily used in milk but it can also be used to culture coconut milk. Kefir can become slightly bubbly (or effervescent) from the culturing process.
Culturing the milk by way of making kefir gives milk an extra nutrient-dense punch! It breaks down the difficult to digest casein (protein) in milk and also increases the enzyme content of the milk. The vitamin B and C content of milk increases with the art of culturing. If the milk has been pasteurized (which mine has), it helps to restore the milk’s natural lactase content, which the body needs to break down the milk sugars called lactose. By culturing my milk, I am also providing my gut with healing, good bacteria and lactic acid.
I just add the grains to the milk and let it culture in a warm spot in my kitchen for 24 hours or so – and boom! I have probiotic-rich milk kefir. I use the grains over and over to make more batches of kefir. It definitely is an acquired taste to drink on its own (a taste I do not have) as it is pungently tart. But, in smoothies, you can’t even tell it’s there!
Which is why I bring to you…
Probiotic-Rich Blueberry Banana Kefir Smoothie with Avocado!
The Fundamentals (makes two smoothies)
2 organic bananas, sliced
1 organic avocado, diced
1 cup organic, frozen blueberries
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 milk kefir
whole milk or more kefir to make desired smoothie consistency
In a blender (or using an immersion blender), combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Drink the creamy, deliciousness to give your gut the goods!
I will keep you posted on future healing updates!
To learn more about how to heal your eczema, pick up a copy of the eBook “The Eczema Cure” by Emily Bartlett. She has exquisite information on healing from the inside out and is a definite must-read if you or a loved-one suffers from eczema – click here to learn more!