Healing Dermatitis: Addressing Food Sensitivities, Supplements, and Lifestyle Changes
At Tulsi Wellness, we believe in treating the root cause of a condition, rather than simply masking its symptoms. Dermatitis, a common skin condition that causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin, is no exception. There are several types of dermatitis, including atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema), contact dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. While the specific cause of each type may vary, there are certain underlying factors that can contribute to the development of dermatitis.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and plays a crucial role in protecting us from environmental toxins and pathogens. Dermatitis occurs when the skin becomes irritated or inflamed, which can happen for a variety of reasons. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to injury or infection, and can be triggered by internal or external factors. In the case of dermatitis, the immune system overreacts to a stimulus, causing inflammation and irritation of the skin. This can lead to symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling.
One of the most important factors in treating dermatitis is addressing any underlying food sensitivities or allergies. Certain foods, such as gluten, dairy, and soy, are known to trigger inflammation in the body, which can exacerbate dermatitis symptoms.
At Tulsi Wellness, we recommend an elimination diet to identify potential trigger foods. This involves removing common allergens from the diet for a period of time, and then gradually reintroducing them one at a time to see if any symptoms reoccur.
There are several supplements that can be helpful in reducing inflammation and promoting healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon and sardines, are particularly beneficial for reducing inflammation. Probiotics are also important for promoting healthy gut bacteria, which plays a crucial role in immune function. A healthy gut microbiome can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including in the skin.
Reducing stress and getting enough sleep are also important factors in reducing inflammation and promoting healthy skin. Stress can trigger inflammation in the body, which can exacerbate dermatitis symptoms.
At Tulsi Wellness, we encourage patients to practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises. Getting enough restful sleep is also important for reducing inflammation and promoting overall health.
There are several labs that can be helpful in identifying the root cause of dermatitis. A food sensitivity test can identify any potential trigger foods, while a comprehensive stool test can identify any gut imbalances that may be contributing to inflammation. In addition, a nutrient panel can identify any nutrient deficiencies that may be affecting skin health, while a hormone panel can identify any hormonal imbalances that may be contributing to dermatitis symptoms.
Treating dermatitis requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the underlying factors contributing to inflammation and irritation of the skin. By identifying trigger foods, supplementing with key nutrients, and making lifestyle changes to reduce stress and promote healthy gut bacteria, it is possible to reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin. At Tulsi Wellness, we believe in a naturopathic approach to health that treats the whole person, and we are here to support you on your journey to optimal health.