Tag: eczema

How Diet Impacts Eczema and Psoriasis

How Diet Impacts Eczema and Psoriasis

We usually think of skin conditions as being affected on the outside—after all, our skin comes into contact with so many different substances throughout the day, how could it not be affected by all that? While it’s true that your skin can react to what you touch, it’s far more likely to respond to what happens inside your body. In…

Gut Bacteria and Childhood Eczema

Gut bacterial balance affects many different areas of health, but one of the most important to consider is the establishment of healthy gut bacterial balance during infancy. Healthy gut balance during early life is associated with protection against a range of health conditions, most notably the atopic diseases of childhood—asthma, eczema, and allergies.1 Gut balance during infancy is dependent on…

Omega-3s During Infancy Reduces Allergic Response

The modern-day diet, also known as the Standard American Diet (SAD), is full of nutrient-poor processed foods. The recent increase in allergy prevalence in developed countries has been attributed, at least in part, to this decline in diet quality. Consumption of inflammation-promoting foods has gone up while that of anti-inflammatory foods has gone down.1 Particularly, the decrease in anti-inflammatory omega-3…

Cesarean Delivery Ups Risk of Asthma

  Children born by cesarean section are more likely to develop asthma by age three, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. This study builds upon previous findings that cesarean delivery increases the risk of wheezing, asthma, and eczema, a related allergic disease common in childhood. Although allergic diseases tend to run in families, in…

Gut Bacterial Diversity And Allergies

  The hygiene hypothesis states that a lack of exposure to microorganisms—both beneficial and potentially harmful—during early childhood increases susceptibility to development of allergic diseases by creating an imbalance in immune system development. Brenda has blogged on the topic before, and I’ve blogged about immune balance. A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has found…

Pesticides Linked to Irregular Menstruation

  Atrazine is the most widely used herbicide in the United States. Over 75 million pounds of it are applied to corn and other crops, many in the Midwest. Atrazine is the most common pesticide contaminant found in groundwater, surface water, and rain in the United States. A recent study has found that women living in areas where atrazine water…

Probiotics + Prebiotics and Infant Eczema/Asthma

  The atopic diseases of childhood—Eczema, asthma and rhinitis (nasal allergies)—are increasingly more common, especially in developed countries like the US. One of the main explanations for this increase is known as the Hygiene Hypothesis (I’ve mentioned it before.) The Hygiene Hypothesis states that children who grow up in ultra-clean environments lack the immune-building contact with everyday microbes. This lack…