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Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Did you know that one of the most common reasons as to why people go to their doctor is because of skin issues? Things like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis are the most common reasons as to why people make a doctor’s appointment. Interestingly enough, they usually go to their primary care doctor, who usually doesn’t know quite what to do and refers you off to dermatology.
We have to think about why that is. A lot of it can come down to inflammation, chronic stress and changes within the microbiome. Certainly we know that nutrient deficiencies can contribute to some of the more common skin disorders and we also recognize that Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids play a huge role into the health of our skin.†
Our skin is no joke. It’s one of the largest organs when we think about the body. Our skin is a direct communicator, not only with our internal environment, but also our external environment. We always want to be aware of this. We have to understand that skin conditions certainly can contribute to a variety of different problems. Not only can they be uncomfortable, if you have dry or itchy skin, but they can create a lot of emotional problems as well. We’ve all seen the commercials where people were embarrassed because of their psoriasis flaring up.†
I want to talk a little bit about certain things that you can be doing to address a lot of these common skin disorders and how to create a little bit better balance within the skin itself, both externally as well as internally.†
The basics of skin health
Our skin is not only a barrier to protect us, but it is also a major player in our immune system and helps with the regulation of our electrolyte levels and maintaining proper body temperatures. The skin is made up of different layers. We have the superficial layer called the epidermis, the middle layer called the dermis and the deeper layer called the subcutaneous. Oftentimes, there can be issues that arise within one or all of these layers that drive up the occurrence of different common skin conditions. There are different structural proteins that play a role into the main function of our skin, including things like collagen and keratin. The skin contains many different components like nerve endings, capillaries and elastic components. There are a lot of different ways in which we can have these skin problems that can occur and the manifestation of this can be for a variety of different reasons.†
We always have to look at our diet. The Standard American Diet is lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lead to issues with the hydration and proper functionality of the skin. There are many different aspects in terms of metabolic components that can create problems within the skin’s surface itself, such as insulin resistance in the setting of diabetes or pre-diabetes. We certainly know that there are many different areas in which insulin resistance raises major havoc on the skin. When we look at psoriasis, we clearly know that there is a close association between insulin resistance and the exacerbation of psoriasis.†
Listen to the full podcast episode to learn more about the link between skin issues and what’s going on inside your body
What to do for skin issues, Eczema and Psoriasis
Clearly, diet is going to be the first place that we start. A Mediterranean diet can certainly be beneficial for someone who is dealing with any type of a skin condition, including something like psoriasis. Researchers have done clinical research studies showing that higher consumption of those really important healthy fats can lower the severity of psoriasis.†
Besides just the strict adherence to the Mediterranean diet, we can also look at different interventions with nutrients such as Fish Oil, Krill Oil or flax every single day. There is a strong correlation between Vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency and the exacerbation of or the severity of psoriasis, so we know that Vitamin D is very important for those who are dealing with eczema or psoriasis.†
Our Tocotrienol with Pine Bark Extract can be a really powerful tool in your arsenal when it comes to common skin conditions because it offers pycnogenol, a very powerful antioxidant, combined with the nourishing, hydrating and antioxidant value of the tocotrienols. This can really give you a good one-two punch. We can also look at Curcumin, which is very targeted towards systemic inflammation across all different spectrums. For people who are dealing with things such as psoriasis and eczema, many times, when they add something like a very powerful Curcumin extract, like our Bio-Curcumin 5-Loxin, this really offers value in terms of the way that their skin is reacting to that.†
For more suggestions about how to help your skin problems, tune into the full podcast episode.
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Eczema is a common skin condition that causes dry, red, itchy skin. For many, it can be a daily challenge. The National Eczema Association reports that it is very common and effects over 30 million Americans. According to their website, the word “eczema” is derived …
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Many times, there are other factors besides hair and eye color that get passed down to your children. And there are numerous reasons why your children could be plagued with the same conditions as yourself or your family members. Here are the top six health problems that your kids might inherit from you, the signs that could signal their existence in your child, and what to do to help treat or prevent them.
If you or your spouse has allergies, there is a great chance that your children will inherit them. Howard Saal, M.D., director of clinical genetics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio explains, “There is about a fifty-fifty chance but don’t expect them to be sensitive to the same things you are. We pass on only the susceptibility to allergies, which can manifest in myriad ways.” Signs that your children have inherited your susceptibility to allergies can be anything from a runny nose to hives. However, the most common are Sinus, Ear infections, Stuffy nose, Itchy nose, Itchy eyes, Rashes, Hives, Wheezing cough and Chronic cough.
Wheezing and chronic cough can also be signs of asthma and might one of the top signs of an allergy since, in many cases, asthma and allergies go hand-in-hand. If you start to notice these symptoms in your child, speak to your pediatrician.
Your child’s doctor can suggest medications and run numerous tests to pin-point specific allergies.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
There is a high chance that your children can inherit your IBS. According to research from the University of Sydney in Australia, please who suffer from IBS are more than twice as likely to have a first-degree relative with the same symptoms. Classic signs your child might have IBS include abdominal pain or bouts of constipation or diarrhea. Colic, a precursor to IBS, can appear very early in your child’s life. Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D., author of “Mommy Calls” explains, “IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. We want to rule out the possibility that something more serious is going on, like inflammatory bowel disease.”
If your child does inherit your IBS, as you already know it can be managed with lifestyle changes. These can include avoiding certain foods, adding probiotics like yogurt, stress-management techniques, and daily exercise.
According to CNN.com, your child has as much as a 50 percent chance of developing migraines if one parents gets them and, of course, an even higher percentage if both do. Symptoms to keep an eye out for include Nausea, Vomiting, Sensitivity to light and sound, Motion sickness and throbbing pain in the head.
Identifying your child’s trigger to migraines is the first start in treating them. It could be anything from what they eat to how they were generally feeling at the time the migraine began. Some triggers can include fatigue and overexertion. Most of the pain can be dulled or treated by going to sleep or taking some ibuprofen. However, Saal suggests seeking out a pediatric neurologist since the unrelenting pain can have a powerful ripple effect on nearly every aspect of your child’s life.
Eczema is actually a type of allergic reaction and, because of this, the chances of your child inheriting eczema from you are very high – about fifty percent. However, even if you do not have eczema, your child can still develop it. Some triggers of eczema include Cold, dry environments, Dairy, Eggs, Wet, dirty surfaces (for the arms) and Stress.
The good thing (as far as diagnosing this condition) is that eczema is extremely easy to see since the rash can make the skin dry, itchy, and red. These patches of the rash can usually be found on your child’s cheeks, elbows, hands, and knees. Take your child to his/her pediatrician to diagnose this condition and help you develop a routine to reduce the eczema breakouts. Make sure any cream they are using is dye and fragrance-free, as to not spark an outbreak.
Stuart Dankner, M.D., a pediatric ophthalmologist says that nearsightedness, color blindness, and lazy eye are often inherited. If both parents are nearsighted, a child has a 25 to 50 percent chance of inheriting their parent’s vision problems. Signs of vision problems include constant headaches and squinting. Lazy eye can be difficult to catch but a pediatrician can easily screen for it. If your child’s eyes cross and persist, schedule an exam. Early detection and correction of vision problems is the only sure way to treat them and make your child as comfortable as possible.
Certain psychological and emotional issues can run in your family. And, because of this, they can easily be inherited by your children. Issues like ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and OCD have strong genetic components.
It is important to share your family’s mental history, as it can greatly affect your children. If there are warning signs of any condition, your child’s pedestrian will be able to spot and diagnose it right away. The faster the diagnosis, the easier to treat.