Lifestyle Tools

The following are devices and products that I personally use in maintaining an eczema-free life.  These are affiliate links, for which I earn a small commission.  Please use these links for any of your purchases if you wish to support the work of EczemaHealing.org – they’ll not cost you a penny more than normal.

Juicers

I recommend the use of slow-RPM, masticating juicers, as these are best at juicing leafy green vegetables, and best preserve the enzymes in the juice.  Juice made with these slow-RPM juicers can be kept overnight in the fridge, with much of the enzymes preseved.  The Omega 8006 is the kingpin of my kitchen; it’s robust, easy to clean, yields an excellent amount of juice from the produce, and the manufacturer warranty is fantastic.  It’s also very stylish.  Full video review here:

The Omega 8007 juicer has since been released, for which the reviews are fantastic.  The Samson juicer is a slightly cheaper alternative, but also has excellent reviews and does great with leafy green vegetables.  Of a similar design to the Omega, it can also be cleaned in a few minutes.

 

Supplements

As you are probably aware, I do not believe supplements in general are essential to the healing process.  There are occasions, however, where certain selected supplements can aid the process.  Pro-biotics, for example, can be useful when we have been subjected to a lot of anti-biotics in the past, as good gut floral balance is a key area of eczema’s root cause.  Acidophilus is the ‘good’ bacteria found in our small intestine, and Bifidus is the ‘good’ bacteria for our large intestine.  Contrary to popular belief, yoghurt, milk or other dairy product is not required to obtain these helpful bacterias – they are available in plant-based form such as the ones from Solgar.

B12 (Methylcobalamin) deficiency is often associated with vegans and vegetarians as in our modern world, it is found most commonly in animal products.  B12 is actually a bacteria found throughout nature, including in organic fruits and vegetables.  When produce is sprayed, the naturally occurring B12 is wiped out.  Since animals are ‘dirtier’, they tend to contain a large amount of B12.  That said, eating meat is not a robust way to avoid B12 deficiency, because studies have shown similar levels of B12 deficiency across both vegans and non-vegans.

To avoid deficiency, I recommend everybody supplements with B12 using a sublingual or injection form, so that the supplement bypasses the digestive system.  This is important for those with a gut-related skin condition, as it’s likely your digestive system is not absorbing food effectively.  Sublinguals are perhaps a less daunting idea than injections, and are affordably available on Amazon.

 

Water Treatment

The topic of water treatment is close to my heart, as I worked for 5 years as a mechanical engineer in the water treatment industry.  If you are going to be drinking tap water, it is a good idea to remove heavy metals and added biocides, e.g. chlorine.  The results of consuming these are certainly not clear – I have not come across decisive scientific studies on the subject.  However, it would be a shame for our skin healing efforts to be thwarted by foreign substances in our drinking water.  If you are not drinking pure spring or mineral water, a home reverse osmosis treatment unit can ensure your drinking supply is virtually free of metal and chemical contamination.

Water softeners have long been known to be kinder to damaged skin, and I have personally proved this, and gotten extremely positive feedback from having worked in the industry.  Understand that softening water is not for the purpose of drinking, but rather for showering and bathing.  Whilst it does not address the root cause of your skin complaint, it is an exercise that can ease the irritation of ‘hard’ water coming into contact with the skin daily.

One of the most basic things you can do is install an inline water filter behind your shower head, which traps the majority of chlorine and heavy metals.  I have tested the chlorine content before and after this type of filter and have proven that they are very effective.  Chlorine is typically added by water authorities as a biocide, and in many places it’s a legal requirement.  The presence of chlorine in our shower water can behave as an irritant to already-damaged skin, delaying our process of healing.


 

For more information on the topic of water treatment, or if you wish to set up a Skype consultation, please contact me using the contact page or email info@eczemahealing.org.