Eczema and chronic fatigue syndrome are both categorized as inflammatory diseases that can be caused or irritated by allergic reactions to food and stress. Eczema’s symptoms are dry itchy patches of skin, swollen tissue and sometimes bleeding open wounds.
Stress and exhaustion can cause the symptoms of eczema and chronic muscle fatigue to worsen. Certain trigger foods will cause the symptoms of these conditions to appear more severe as well as too much consumption of coffee and tea. Exposure to extreme weather conditions-both hot and cold will affect eczema and the inflammatory response in the chronic fatigue sufferer.
Eczema and chronic fatigue can be caused by a condition called leaky gut. This condition arises when there is an imbalance of healthy bacteria to unhealthy bacteria in the intestines. On a cellular level this occurs when the lining of the gut becomes vaporous and toxins and undigested food particles then leak into the bloodstream. The body then interprets these as invaders which cause the immune system to react. The result is joint pain, fatigue, asthma and head ache.
Leaky gut is caused by too much stress, environmental toxins, chemicals, and parasites. Foods high in sugar, white flour and wheat feed the bad bacteria which lowers the protective lining. When this balance of good bacteria (80%) to bad bacteria (20%) gets out of balance the individual will experience leaky gut symptoms. When the same individual also suffers from eczema or chronic fatigue syndrome the result is extreme pain, swelling, and tenderness surrounding the skin and joint areas of the body. Eczema and individuals with Epstein Barr chronic fatigue should avoid the following foods: coffee, tea, chocolate, beef, citrus, peanuts, eggs, wheat, alcohol, and tomatoes. These foods are either too acidic or produce an acidic level in the body. Food preservatives, colorings, pesticides, refined and processed foods should be avoided as they can cause an allergic trigger reaction to individuals with eczema and they will increase the likelihood of inflammation in individuals that suffer from chronic fatigue.
Foods that should be present in the diet of eczema suffer are pesticide free fruits and vegetables. An abundance of foods that keep the gut healthy are cabbage, beans, lentils, garlic, oats, onions, leaks, salsify, Jerusalem artichoke and fresh ginger.
Salmon, anchovies, tuna, herring, and sardines are high in omega 3 oil and assist in reducing inflammation and assists in healing the affected areas of skin. Replace pear juice with orange juice as it is too acidic for persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and eczema.
Avocado oil and wheat germ oil contain high levels of vitamin E which promotes healing of the skin and reduces inflammation.
Omega 6 oils refined from nuts and seeds promote healthy skin and reduce inflammation.
Allergic responses to dairy products are common with individuals suffering from chronic fatigue and eczema and suitable substitutions can be found with oat, soy, buffalo, and rice milk.
A concentrated vegetable/fruit juice made with carrot, apple, cucumber, cabbage, celery, raw ginger, beetroot, radish and artichoke or any combination of the above will provide a nutrient packed drink that will promote a healthy gut and reduce the symptoms of inflammation.
Stress can inflame the symptoms of eczema suffers. Lifestyles changes that promote the reduction of stress such as: yoga, meditation, exercise, and tai chi will reduce stress and strengthen the joints for chronic fatigue sufferers.
Aromatherapy can relax the mind as well as the body. Massage oils will sooth the sore joints and muscles and promote healing of the skin. Constipation may develop when an individual in under stress. It is important to keep the bowel and liver clean as these areas are critical in keeping the gut healthy.
Eczema and chronic fatigue sufferers should avoid shampoos and soaps with a lot of added chemicals as these cause skin irritation.