Probiotic-rich, unsalted cultured food helps eczema/dermatitis and other skin disorders because at the root of these conditions is often a gut flora imbalance and damaged intestinal lining.
Cultured foods, naturally rich in probiotics, deliver loads of beneficial bacteria to the gut where they quickly colonize – crowding out the pathogenic bacteria, yeast, etc. living there. Not only do friendly flora keep bad guys “in check”, but also maintain a balanced inner ecosystem AND regulate hydrochloric acid secretions!
Skin Reflects Intestinal Health
When pathogens are allowed to multiply in greater numbers than good bacteria, they can do real damage to our intestinal lining – causing significant inflammation to this important part of our bodies. In this way, the skin is a useful gauge in showing the gut’s internal condition.
Outside Inflammation = Inside Inflammation
For anybody suffering eczema, it is common to have multiple food sensitivities. When there is damage to intestinal lining, especially in the small intestine (s.i.) any food (even breast milk) is not properly digested and absorbed. The s.i. is where 95% of absorption of nutrients occurs, so if this tissue is inflamed then it’s likely that there are holes in lining (due to pathogens burrowing into gut wall). These holes allow partially digested food particles and toxins to leak into bloodstream.
Once in the blood, these food particles release auto-antibody reaction from the immune system to attack foreign invaders. The corrosive nature of this acidic battle creates fertile ground for healthy tissue to become inflamed which lowers immune function and can result in various symptoms that pronounce themselves in your unique weakest organs (this is due to genetics/existing health issues). Symptoms can include asthma, allergies, arthritis, hives, and yes eczema.
When the gut is weak, hard-to-digest proteins are often the first “allergens” to present themselves. This is because many proteins are also the most difficult of all foods to digest. Hence why nuts, gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy are the top food allergens. All said, removing foods is not always the answer, though can be necessary (and helpful) for a period of time while the gut balances and heals itself. Something that is done with the right food (for you), food combining, and food prep!
Heal & Seal Digestive Tract
One of the best foods to “heal & seal” the digestive tract is probiotic-rich cultured foods. Made with high-quality culture starter* and NO salt, these natural probiotics deliver hearty strains of friendly flora to the gut where they implant themselves and work magic!
Unlike most probiotics that die before reaching the s.i. (due to stomach acid, fluoride, chlorinated water, antibiotics), the probiotics used to make cultured foods survive and thrive all the way to the gut where, given the right diet, they multiply in numbers and keep you strong and your gut balanced! These living foods are easy and affordable to make and safe for all ages – even new babies.
Cultured food supports healthy digestion for all ages.
My family enjoys a wide variety of cultured foods, including: cultured vegetables, cow milk kefir, juice kefir, young coconut kefir, hemp milk kefir, cultured butter, whey, cultured ketchup, relish, chutney, jam, the list is endless. They have become a staple in my home and something I now rely on to start and end each day!
*I recommend this culture starter as it contains high-quality probiotics, like Lb. Plantarum, one of the heartiest strains, to ensure a potent product that removes pathogens and aids digestion. Unlike most probiotics that are easily destroyed by antibiotics, stomach acid, chlorinated water before even reaching the s.i., Lb. Plantarum remains active and alive to keep you healthy and balanced.to
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May all bellies be happy!