Can a Gluten-free Diet Cure Eczema?

Eczema is an extremely common condition affecting 11% of children in the United States. Many  children get eczema and struggle with it into adulthood. The good news is that advances in medical research have given us new insights into the eczema puzzle, and the great news is you can get relief from eczema NATURALLY!

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Like many medical conditions, eczema is caused by multiple factors. One of the most important factors to solving the eczema puzzle is looking at digestion and more specifically, identifying food sensitivities -- not food allergies but food sensitivities. The most common ways to identify food sensitivities are through trying an elimination diet  or doing a food sensitivity test that looks for antibodies to a variety of foods.

Gluten is a common food sensitivity among eczema sufferers. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, etc..  Many people that have eczema have difficulty digesting gluten, so it travels through their digestive system without being broken down fully. When this happens, it can cause damage to the delicate tissue that lines the intestines causing a "leaky gut." This can trigger an immune response that manifests as eczema.

 

Resources

Elimintation Diet Handout 1

Elimintation Diet Handout 2

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