Orland Park, IL (PRWEB) November 19, 2013
When Barbara Griffin, NMD, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and owner of Vital Health, Inc., consults with a client, the primary problem solving tool used is the EVA screening. Why? The reason is simple; it is a pain-free and non-invasive tool used to gain insight on the overall health of the body, as well as identify food and environmental sensitivities. During the Food Sensitivities Screening, Dr. Griffin can measure which foods and environmental sensitivities trigger a negative response in the body.
Dr. Griffin explained, “For someone suffering with eczema symptoms, the Food Sensitivities part of the EVA screening is especially beneficial. By measuring the body’s response to each of the 300 food and environmental sensitivities, we can identify which ones trigger a negative response in the body," Dr. Griffin explained.
“Eczema is a skin condition that appears to result from a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. A combination of factors can influence an outbreak of eczema. Food allergies, diet, environmental allergies, stress and the body lacking certain vitamins and minerals can all cause eczema and trigger flare-up of the disease,” added Dr. Griffin. Eczema falls into the auto-immune category of diseases.
Eczema has been linked to celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. In fact, studies have found that eczema occurs about three times more frequently in celiac disease patients and two times more frequently in relatives of celiac disease patients, potentially indicating a genetic link between the two conditions. (1) Adhering to a strict gluten-free diet helps to reduce the inflammation in the body, thus the eczema symptoms improve.
Flares of eczema are associated with stress and anxiety. Relaxation techniques can reduce the number of flares and relieve symptoms of eczema. Biofeedback is useful as well.
“The foods that are most commonly linked to eczema are wheat/gluten, milk, eggs, fish and soy. The goal when treating eczema are to identify what triggers flares, heal the skin, reduce symptoms, control inflammation within the body, and prevent outbreaks,” explained Dr. Griffin. Other triggers can be identified during the EAV screening.
Dr. Griffin recommends the following dietary and nutritional supplements for combating eczema after consulting with your primary care medical doctor:
Watch your diet – Eating a healthy diet will help reduce inflammation and allergic reactions. Eat fewer refined foods and sugar, which contribute to inflammation in the body. Eat more vegetables, fruits and essential fatty acids.
Probiotics (bifidobacteria and lactobacillus, 3 -5 live organisms per day) may help boost the immune system and control allergies. (2)
Flavonoids: Antioxidants found in some plants and dark berries, have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce allergic reactions.
Evening Primrose Oil – To help reduce the itching associated with eczema.
Fish Oil – People taking fish oil equal to 1.8 g of EPA (one of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil experienced significant reduction in symptoms of eczema after 12 weeks. Researchers link the positive result to the fact that fish oils helps reduce leukotriene B4, and inflammatory substance that plays a role in eczema. (2)
Hydrochloric Acid – People with eczema are often deficient in hydrochloric acid production.
Vitamin C – (1,000 mg 2 – 4 times per day) can act as an antihistamine.
Vitamin B12: B12 can help alleviate eczema in some people.
Zinc – Many people eczema dermatitis require zinc supplements. In order for zinc to be properly absorbed, a sufficient intake of vitamin B6 is necessary. A deficiency in B6 can be a contributing factor in eczema (3)
About Vital Health, Inc.:
At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser and clinician for Spectracell Laboratories, Inc. Vital Health, Inc. 9031 W. 151st Street, Suite 210, Orland Park, IL 60462, (708) 226-1131, http://www.vitalhealth.org