Is Eczema a gut issue?

Eczema gut health issues examined

More than two-thirds of our immune system is housed in our gut, meaning that the digestive tract is key to communicating with the immune system and a poorly functioning digestive system may be at the root of many conditions relating to immunity. Understanding the eczema gut health correlation is essential.

A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract acts as a barrier to prevent undigested food particles, bacteria, and other toxins from entering the bloodstream via our gut wall. When the gut wall becomes damaged, these unwanted particles are able to pass into the body via the bloodstream. They are then attacked by the immune system leading to inflammation, which can appear anywhere in the body, including the skin.

In addition, one of the key roles of the gut microbiome (bacteria) is to support the immune system. When the ratio of good to bad bacteria becomes imbalanced, the bad bacteria can influence an immune response, which can lead to inflammatory conditions, such as eczema. This bacterial balance can be affected by lifestyle factors, including:

  • Overuse of medications, particularly antibiotics
  • Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
  • Diets low in fibre and fermented foods
  • Environmental toxins
  • Chronic stress
  • Gut infections, yeast overgrowth, or parasites
  • Undetected gluten intolerance, coeliac disease, or reactions to foods such as dairy and eggs

Thus, the health of your GI tract and your gut bacteria determine how well you digest your food, which nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens, and bacteria are kept out, and also influence your immune function.

If you would like to know more about eczema gut health, please check out the following links:

Leaky Gut and Atopic Dermatitis: Does the Concept Hold Water or Is It Full of Holes? – National Eczema Organisation

Is Leaky Gut Syndrome a possible root cause of Eczema? – Eczemaless

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