This is something I haven't really talked about on here, but I am suffering from the worse bout of ezcema, psorasis, whatever it is in my entire life this winter! Ever since I can remember, I have always gotten really dry skin in the winter. I get red, itchy patches on my arms and legs. This year though, I've gotten them worse than ever before. It's so bad on my hands that I can't wear my wedding ring because my fingers are so swollen with those red patches.
I noticed it after I got some weird fungus on my hands this summer from playing in the yard. I had researched natural remedies to treat fungus and one of those was to use a hydrogen peroxide soak. It was perfect because that's something we readily have in the house. And it worked like a charm! With one small problem. My hands totally dried out and the red patches appeared with a vengeance :(
Once I began the 21 Day Sugar Detox, I noticed an improvement on my hands so I originally thought it was yeast - and maybe some of it was - but once the weather got cold and I started sliding down the hill and eventually fell off the detox/paleo cliff during the holidays, those ezcema patches became the worst they have ever been. I had been told that once you go gluten/sugar/dairy free for awhile that you might notice symptoms of an intolerance once you reintroduce it into your system and guess what? That's absolutely true!
Did you know that ezcema is an autoimmune response to an allergen? Some of the most common food allergens are dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and gluten. Once I started the detox again after Christmas my ezcema hasn't completely gone away, but it has gotten tons better. And I definitely noticed a difference when I had a piece of Ewan's birthday cake, which contained all of the above allergens, a few weekends ago because it got way worse again for a few days. I guess this is just another reason for me to stick with paleo for life.
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