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What are the natural ways to reduce eczema symptoms?

 

I've been there.  

Surprised to see angry-red, itchy skin patches on my neck, arms, and even on my eye area.  It was embarrassing to go out in public with these eczema flares front and center on my face.  The problem is, there were so many root causes.  

 

People think eczema is just one thing that happens on our skin.  But it is actually an umbrella term used to describe different types of skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, sometimes even acne and psoriasis.  

 

Eczema treatments are usually skin creams or topical ointments that treat the external symptom.  I, however, believe that in order to address these symptoms, you must manage more than just the itching of the skin and find, through a little research, the root cause so you can prevent any more eczema flares in the future.

 

Before any kind of remedy is used, looking for your triggers is essential in healing...

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What causes Candida and fungal overgrowth?

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With Covid-19 rampaging with full force all over the world, you can't blame people getting wary of catching something new.    

 

A few episodes ago, Kiran Krishnan from Microbiome Labs, sat down with me and did a deep dive on Candida and Fungal overgrowth (check out his episode on the Less Stressed Life podcast!) 

 

I think one of the main concerns usually aired about Candida and Fungal overgrowth is if it's something contagious.  

 

No, it's not!

 

Everyone has candida. It lives in practically every crevice of your body - although 98% of the time, it lives on mucosal surfaces like your mouth, eyes, nose, and lungs, to name a few.  

 

Having candida present in your body is not really alarming if the population remains controlled. 

 

The problem arises when fungus starts reproducing. How do you know if you're experiencing candida and fungal overgrowth? There are two main ways to tell.

 

First, when...

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Why you need these 6 nutrients for healthy skin

A few episodes ago, Chris Masterjohn went on air on the Less Stressed Life podcast show to talk about Nutrients for Skin health.

What profoundly resonated with me was when he said: "What's going on your mouth is a window to the inside of your body."

As an integrative nutritionist, I strongly agree with this statement. It's not overly simple, but how we feel outside is a manifestation of what we feed our body and mind, so it makes sense to be very mindful of the things that we put in our bodies.

Chris talked about his journey to becoming a "vitamins and minerals geek" and touched on his experience with his skin manifesting the deficiencies his body went through. He talked about skin ailments that popped out with specific diets and how he addressed these with the right vitamins and minerals through extensive study as well as trial and error.

After experimenting with food, alcohol, and supplements he found out that these  are the six nutrients you need for healthy...

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How an integrative dermatologist treats eczema

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Integrative Dermatology is relatively new in Western countries despite existing for thousands of years. This kind of dermatology complements existing medical practices with alternative healing modalities that make use of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, and acupuncture, to name a few. 

An Integrative Dermatologist acknowledges the connection of all the organs, searches for imbalances found internally and externally as well as the behavior of a patient before treating a skin issue. Dr. Peter Lio, one of the more known practitioners, shared his experiences and expertise on how to heal Eczema in one of the episodes of The Less Stressed Life Podcast.  

Here are four ways integrative dermatology treats Eczema: 

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A combination of herbs, acupressure/acupuncture, movements like Tai chi, and diet. This kind of modality acknowledges and treats both the mind and body to heal ailments. One of the things...
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11 Reasons Why You Should Forget About What You Know About Probiotics

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I had the chance to sit down and chat with Research Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan about Probiotics in this podcast episode of the Less Stressed Life show. 

It was such an insightful discussion on microbiomes, the role of bacteria in building our immune system and how different spore-based probiotics are from conventional probiotics and here are 11 reasons why you should forget about what you know about Probiotics. 

 

1. Humans are walking and talking rainforest of organisms. Our bodies allow thousands of different species to cohabit and work together to ensure that we are healthy as a whole.  

Image by Iuliia Bondarenko from Pixabay

2. Mom and baby connection is a very significant factor that influences how the immune system is built up.  The exposure of a baby to the "soup of life" or organisms found in the birth canal (and sometimes poop!) influence how strong our immune systems will be.  Colostrum which comes from...

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How a registered nurse bounced back from a debilitating back injury to dominating life

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 "And when you think about the things that you would have missed out on because you didn't take the initiative to do something about your health and this one life that we have to live, uh, it really it really puts things into perspective." - Helen Eimers, RN.


This episode is particulary near and dear to me because I was able feature how my sister-in-law, Helen Eimes, bounced back from a debilitating back injury. 

We get real, raw, and relatable in this episode as she shares her struggle to literally get back on her feet.  

She reflected on how her mindset helped her overcome this physical barrier so she can continue living her life to the fullest. How her accountability group kept her focused and motivated to get well and why she stuck to an anti-inflammatory diet even through all the hardships she was experiencing. 

To read the transcript of this Less Stressed Life Episode, follow this link.

You can listen to her story here: 

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What is the Less Stressed Life Podcast?

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What is the Less Stressed Life Podcast show?

It's all about YOU and how you can start feeling awesome about your life, health, and happiness.  Episode number one is all about the origin story of this podcast show and how I was able to figure out why I wanted to share what I knew as an integrative dietician. 

Scroll down to listen to Episode number 1 or click this link to listen on your iTunes App

 

 

 
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Shrooms for Beginnings: Everything You Need to Know about Medicinal Mushrooms with Jeff Chilton

Fascinating discussion about trending medicinal mushrooms: lion's mane, chaga, cordyceps for focus, nutrition, food prep and more. Plus where to buy and what to look out for when you're perusing the market from long time shroom expert and producer Jeff Chilton.

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Sheet Pan Recipe Round Up

The discovery of sheet pan dinners is life changing. You can literally take any protein, combine it with any veggie, mix it all up with any sauce or seasoning, toss it in the oven, and have a complete dinner in under an hour.  There's something so satisfying about pulling a complete meal out of the oven on one sheet pan. #lesswashing

Below I've compiled a list of 8 of my favorite sheet pan recipes from around the internet. I hope you and your families enjoy them as much as I do!


Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

This shrimp boil sheet pan meal is a staple in my house. It's easy, mess-free, and delicious. I love the flavor combination of shrimp and sausage with Old Bay and fresh parsley. Not to mention, this blogger is one of my GO TO girls for a fab recipe. See also Korean Beef Bowl (substitutions work great). 

Source: Damn Delicious


Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake

My Saturday morning is booked! I seriously love breakfast all day and I am seriously the WORST hashbrown maker in the...

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Why Some Kids Get Eczema and Others Don't

Red, dry, flaky, oozing, itching, irritating, interrupted sleep, long sleeves, long stares, puffy eyes….these are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of eczema. 
 
Dermatitis, hives, allergic reactions….whatever you want to call it, the skin is angry and trying to tell us something on the outside. 
 
I dealt with eczema for at least 15 years before it exploded into a disfiguring mess that took over a year of trial and error, relentless digging, testing and experimentation from which to dig out. So I know what you’re going through when people ask:
 
“What’s on your baby’s skin?”   OR
 
“Have you tried ______?”   

OR you’re just exhausted. Who would have thought that itchy skin could rule your life so much? 

First, you need to know this isn’t your fault. You could not have guessed eczema would happen to you or your child, and eczema is usually a ...

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