Heal Eczema Naturally in 5 steps

Struggling with eczema?
Have you tried just about everything to clear your skin, but had no results?

Before popping pills or trying a new cream, seek healthier and more long term alternatives.

Yes, sometimes it is necessary to use steroids, antihistamines and other pharmaceuticals until an acute reaction subsides, and there is no shame in this, but concurrently treating the underlying causes in a holistic manner can compliment medical treatment very well, and often lead to less use of pharmaceuticals.

Most times, eczema is caused by underlying conditions. Thus, you need to identify and treat its root cause, not just its symptoms.

In children, up to 20% suffer from eczema and this number is increasing.   

Remember that health starts from the inside out.

Nutrition, sleep, and lifestyle habits have the biggest impact on your skin.

Follow these simple steps to heal eczema naturally.


Balance the Gut

Eczema is one of the primary signs of an imbalance in gut flora and often candida overgrowth. When your gut flora is out of whack, pathogens kill healthy bacteria and spread throughout the body. This causes inflammation, recurring infections, and skin disorders. You may also feel hungrier than usual and crave sugar.

The first step to healing eczema is to address its root cause, such as candida infection or severe dysbiosis.

Consider an elimination diet to remove food triggers until the gut is healed.  

At this point you might test for allergies to common allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, and run food intolerance tests in order to have a clearer idea what to avoid for the time being until the condition and the body’s hypersensitivity has improved.

Drink bone broth to heal intestinal permeability and balance gut flora.

These typically are removed for a period of time until the skin and gut lining completely heals and the body is no longer hypersensitive to the triggers.

L-glutamine, marshmallow root, and amino acid formulas can help and it pays to know your body constitution (yin/yang, Vata/Pitta/Kapha etc) to help select a herb that is suitable for you.

Add More Nutrients to Your Diet

Certain nutrients support gut health, which reflects positively on your skin.

Zinc piccolinate, for instance, helps maintain the mucous lining of the stomach, throat, and mouth. This keeps pathogens at bay and improves nutrient absorption.

Take a multivitamin or 15-40 milligrams of zinc piccolinate or zinc carnosine to heal your gut and skin, or incorporate enough meat or liver into your diet on a weekly basis.

Load Up on Healthy Fats

Your skin needs vitamins A, D, E, and K to maintain its elasticity and stay young. However, your body can not absorb these nutrients without dietary fat. Omega-3s are particularly beneficial. These essential fatty acids improve vitamin absorption and fight inflammation, which helps heal eczema.

To get more fats in your diet, consume avocado, eggs, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fatty fish. Your skin will look younger, your energy will go up, and your cholesterol levels will drop.

Take pre and Probiotics

Stress, poor nutrition, candida, and other factors affect gut health. When your microbiome is unbalanced, pathogens take over your gut and destroy good bacteria. This is where probiotics come in handy.

These supplements contain live microorganisms that colonize your gut, killing fungi, microbes, and harmful bacteria. As a result, your skin becomes clearer and your immunity increases.

Ideally, choose a probiotic with at least 10 billion active cells, such as L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium lactis. If you’re struggling with eczema, take higher doses.

Kefir and fermented foods if well tolerated are fantastic natural sources of pre and probiotics.

Limit Stress

Chronic stress affects the amount of diversity of healthy gut bacteria. It's also a major contributing factor to inflammation, which in turn, triggers eczema.

If you're constantly stressed, squeeze more "me" time into your schedule. Practice deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques. Get more rest and make health a priority.

Get outdoors, and let your children play in the yard!  Get barefoot onto the soil, sweat it out, immerse in nature for 1-3h at a time and forget about the world for a while.  

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If you suspect you have eczema and are interested in a personalised, holistic approach to get under it, do get in touch for a consult!

6 symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency

We know about B12, but how much do we need to pursue it?

How do you know if you are suffering from vitamin B deficiency?

  1. Brain Fog

  2. Fatigue

  3. Thinning hair

  4. Low blood count or anaemia

  5. Reduced fertility

  6. Chronic pain

My blood tests are normal...
Normal is not normal.  Anything below 300ng/ml is low.  

Not deficient does not mean you do not need more, due to metabolic conditions that may mean you require a higher than normal maintainence dose.  This requires a thorough history and clinical exam, with an integrative medicine trained practitioner.

The ultimate blood test for B12

Methylmalonic acid (MMA) is produced in small amounts in the body, where it is converted into succinyl Coenzyme A. When there is not enough vitamin B12, there would be a relatively higher concentration of MMA in blood and urine.

This test is more expensive and I usually reserve this for those who are not responding to regular supplementation, or have high serum B12 levels in the presence of low B12 symptoms.  



Am I at risk of vitamin B deficiency?

  • Vegetarians and vegans are susceptible to it as vitamin B12 is mostly derived from animal products.

  • Regular consumption of alcohol depletes serum B12 levels

  • Previous gastric bypass, and reduced ability to absorb B12 from the gut

  • Autoimmune diseases like Crohn's or celiac prevents body from absorbing B12 effectively

  • Metformin which is used in the management of Diabetes, intereferes with B12 absorption and diabetics will benefit from B12 supplementation

  • Older adults, as ability to absorb B12 decreases with age


What treatments are available for me?

If your vitamin B deficiency is due to a low b12 diet, simply include foods with a high content of vitamin B12, such as meats, fish, dairy products and egg.

If you are vegetarian or adopt a vegan diet, yeast extract and soy products serve as alternatives to meat and dairy products. 

When you want to supplement, I find sublingual, sprays and liquid forms of Bs give the best outcomes.

Always ensure you target both folate and B12 at the same time as it is no good to be high in one and low in the other.  


Occasionally, you may need injections to replenish the low levels of vitamin B12 in your body.

While injecting vitamin B12 into your body is generally safe and is proven to be effective, as long as practiced by a doctor who is aware and able to help you avoid unwanted long term effects.  

As we all lead different lifestyles and have different eating habits, each of us have different dosage needs, hence it is best to seek a doctor on how to deal with vitamin B12 deficiency.

Which form of B12?

In essence,

  • AdenosylB12 is great for mitochondria and nerve cells

  • MethylB12 for DNA synthesis and methylation

  • HydroxyB12 is absorbed well

  • CyanocoB12 is the cheapest most available form, but absorption is the poorest compared to all of the above.

Each individual may have a different issue, so it's best to consult a trained integrative doctor to help you choose the best form for you.

Book now for a consult!