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Gut feelings: what happens when your microflora is out of balance?

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Gut feelings: what happens when your microflora is out of balance?

This article is a part of our blog series which focuses on gut health and how you can treat digestive complaints whilst also healing your eczema. Microbiota or microflora? Digestive health is a hot topic with increasing evidence revealing the part it plays in our overall health and wellbeing. The gut microbiota or ‘microflora’ (yes it's the same thing) are the names given to the community of microbes living in our digestive tract (yes microbes live in our gut). There is an increasing amount of evidence to support the role our diet and lifestyle plays in the health of our digestive system and...

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What is Candida and how is it treated on the Eczema Diet?

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What is Candida and how is it treated on the Eczema Diet?

  Candida albicans is one of the many different yeasts that belong to the candida family. It typically exist in the intestinal tract and is usually a harmless yeast as candida is normally 'policed' (or kept in balance) by other 'good' bacteria. However due to factors such as poor diet, antibiotic use, stress or an impaired immune system, an overgrowth of candida can develop. This is often referred to as 'Candidiasis' or 'candida infestation'. It is always best to test to ensure you do have a diagnosed Candida infection as many intestinal problems can mimic each other, so visit your doctor for testing. Symptoms of...

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Is leaky gut the main cause of eczema?

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Is leaky gut the main cause of eczema?

Is leaky gut the main cause of eczema? I'm asked this question a lot. And it's not just because leaky gut is trendy right now. People want answers to why they have eczema, and they want a simple solution.  I wish it were possible reduce eczema to ‘one cause’ such as leaky gut but eczema is more complex than that. Some people do have eczema and leaky gut (also know as ‘increased intestinal permeability’) and as a result they experience a range of unpleasant gut symptoms. And I've also worked with hundreds of eczema patients who have no adverse gut symptoms...

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Eczema, Leaky Gut and Salicylate Sensitivity - is there a link?

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Eczema, Leaky Gut and Salicylate Sensitivity - is there a link?

There is a lot of debate about the causes of eczema such as leaky gut, food allergies, chemical sensitivities and genetic defects. Some research is more 'hypothesis' than fact. Some research sounds great in theory (works great in a test tube) but when you try it on a real person it does not fix their eczema. Some advice is based on one person's experiences with eczema, but may not work for others.  So today I want to share with you the scientific research on salicylate sensitivity which helped me to formulate the eczema diet program for patients at the Eczema Life Clinic in...

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