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Healing Eczema – A Nutritionalist view point

Healing eczema from a nutritionalist view point.

Hi there my name is Kim Holmes and I am a mum and Nutritionist. I have 2 children, my little B’s, hence the name of my business; The Healthy Little B. My eldest, daughter Billie has had in the past, only mild eczema, but a little patch on her face – it needed to go! If it were behind her knees or in the cracks of her elbows (where likely spots can be) – I wouldn’t have cared as much. In addition, she also had dust mite allergies, irritability and sensitivities – I knew I had to heal her internally as there was definitely a hypersensitivity going on. And by internally I mean treating her gut, reducing inflammation, performing food sensitivity tests and altering her diet.

Of course the food intolerance test showed up the ‘usual suspects’ – gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs. My kids don’t really have any gluten or much dairy but I was a little sad that eggs came up – a great nutritional powerhouse! Spelt, pineapple and almonds also were present. Perhaps I was over-dosing with almond milk!

Anyway, cutting a long story short, we removed the culprits, began our rotation diet and developed (with also the help of a fab Naturopath), a great supplement regime.

Here is what works with healing our eczema:

  1. Probiotics – there are many strains out there but the probiotic strain Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG) is specific for its use in healing eczema.
  2. Other gut-healing nutrients – such as glutamine is a lovely nutrient to really heal any inflammation that may be present in the gut.
  3. Omega 3 – the ultimate in reducing inflammation and hydrating the dry eczema patches.
  4. Vitamin A – is needed for the health of the lining of our digestive system.
  5. Vitamin D – studies continue to show that vitamin D is needed for skin health and plays a role in allergy reduction. Don’t be afraid to get your little ones out in the lovely winter sun!
  6. Hydration – dry winter weather, heated air-conditioners don’t help with eczema. Drink loads of filtered water and research natural + organic topical creams to aid the healing.

(PS – after doing this for a while, we re-tested her intolerances. Pineapple, almonds and spelt had no reaction – yay! There was even a better tolerance to goat’s cheese).

Whilst it is great to have a diet rich in the above nutrients such as oily fish, flaxseeds, fermented foods etc – in order to really get a hold on eczema – it is good to invest in high quality supplements and in therapeutic doses to get any effect, just for a set amount of time.

This really worked for us. My daughter hasn’t had any patches for a while now. I believe a diet rich in wholefoods, low or nil gluten, sugar and dairy really does help. Not only for eczema but also for bloated little bellies, behaviour, attention and sleep.

Be sure to contact myself or another qualified health professional before you embark on a supplement regime.

About Kim

Kim is mother to two gorgeous children and a qualified nutritionalist based in Sydney, Australia.  She also holds a Bachelor of Health Science as well as a certificate in paediatric nutrition. Kim’s passion is to share her knowledge with other families and to help them reach their potential in terms of living a healthy nourished life through private consults, cooking workshops, education and more.

Find Kim here:

www.thehealthylittleb.com.au

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