I first found out about food combining from a book picked up from the Nutricentre Bookshop near Regents Park. You could pick up a book and read through the pages to see if you could pick up health tips. I did. Food Combining For Health turned out to be one of the best of my nutrition library.
What is Food Combining?
This term was made up by Dr William Hay who broke down in health after 16 years of practice as a doctor. He developed a dilated heart and high blood pressure. Since the medicine he used was not helping much, he turned to nature and decided to eat foods in their natural form and in smaller quantities.
This became a system called ‘The Hay System’. It was very simple – only eat protein and vegetables in the same meal, or carbohydrates and vegetables together, but not carbohydrates and protein together.
Most people eat rice with meat curry or chicken and chips. The food combining method would be rice and a vegetable curry, or chicken and avocado salad.
Dr Hay’s symptoms cleared up using this simple method.
What Has Food Combining Got to Do With Eczema?
This is the interesting part. You see, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and when food is combined as is mentioned above, the inflammation dies down. In fact, this method is useful in treating many inflammatory conditions like arthritis, sore gums, bloating and even brain fog.
In the book, written by Doris Grant and Jean Joice, there is a section on eczema and an excerpt of how a 10 year old boy who had eczema all his life
was cleared of it in ten days with only scars remaining. Ten days after 10 years of having it. Yes – I could not believe it either so to see if it was true, I turned to the sections on foods to buy, menus and meal planning. And found out through experience with this method that Dr Hay was right and the system works.
Throughout my 30s I remained a size 10 – 125lbs. I am older than that now, and realise that if I wanted to get to the right size all I have to do is the food combining.
Since the book can explain it much better than I can, I suggest you buy it on Amazon as the Nutricentre bookshop has closed down, unfortunately.
There are as mentioned previously, many meal planning ideas in it and the book goes into greater detail about food combining than I have put down here. It makes for a very good read and you will not be disappointed.
Kefir is full of good bacteria for your gut. It originated from the people of the Caucus Mountain region, Russia. Kefir is milky looking grains that ferment cow, goat or sheep milk and help it become more easily digested.
So what’s the difference between kefir and yoghurt?
Normal natural yoghurt only contains a few strains of beneficial bacteria. Kefir – what I call ‘Golden Yoghurt’ contains at least 30 strains of the good stuff. Its superior to even Greek yoghurt and the good news is that you can make it at home. As the store-bought kefir has been pasteurised, you will find that home-made kefir not only tastes better, but is made of kefir grains that multiply and grow in any kind of milk you put it in. Except for UHT Long Life milk.
So How Do You Make Kefir? Very easily;
Buy a tablespoon of kefir grains online.
On receiving the grains, place them in 100ml of room temperature milk.
The milk and grains are best placed in a thick glass jar and covered with a loose lid.
Leave on the kitchen counter in a dry slightly warm place.
The next day, check your grains. If your room is warm, the grains would have begun to ferment the milk.
Another 24 hours later, check your milk again. It will get thicker every 24 hours.
On the 3rd or 4th day, you will notice the milk turning into curds and whey.
Taste the milk. It should be slightly sour and even a bit fizzy as milk alcohol is produced by the grains. You heard right – ‘milk alcohol’. Don’t worry, it’s not strong enough to get drunk on.
Pour the milk into a cup leaving the grains in the first jar.
Repeat the process using the first jar.
You will notice the grains start to grow and multiply….You can slow down the growth of the grains by putting the milky substance in the fridge.
Personally, when I had half a Pyrex bowl of kefir grains, I started given away the grains to my friends. They all loved it and one of my friends even put on some much needed weight.
Where You Can Get Ready-made Kefir Milk
I used to buy Kefir made from goats milk from Chuckling Goat, in the UK.
An alternative supplier is The Live Kefir Company. They are highly recommended and you can get fresh kefir made from goats milk from them on Amazon.
What if You’re Lactose Intolerant?
Do not worry. The longer the milk ferments, the more the protein is broken down by enzymes. It becomes more protein and full of Vitamin B-complex.
As a result, the kefir is easily digested by eczema sufferers. I used to have a litrein the morning as my breakfast as I found it to be so delicious. My skin tone came back and I looked really healthy.
Regarding the benefits of kefir, the Eastern Europeans use it for weaning babies off breastmilk, prevent themselves from landing in hospital, and also use it for the elderly to keep them healthy and strong.
Here is a breakfast recipe you might want to try:
You will need oats, kefir milk, bananas and raisins
Place half a bowl of warm porridge onto a firm table.
Aloe vera is very beneficial for all types of eczema. It is also available in many forms – fresh from the leaf, made into juice or made into gelly and creams. The gelly from fresh leaf is useful for sunburn and prevents your skin from peeling. I used to have sunburn on my face during summer and bought the fresh leaves from an aloe vera farm.
I simply sliced off 1 inch of leaf and sliced off the green rind. Next, I put the sliver of gelly into a blender and turned it on for about 3 seconds. Then I put a generous amount on my face. It felt very cool and soothing.
I repeated this method three times a day. The result? My face healed in 3 days. However, you may not have the time to do all this so I recommend some store bought aloe vera gelly. Not all brands are of good quality. Forever Living Aloe Gelly is the only brand with patented stabilised aloe in it. This means that the gelly acts as if it were fresh from the plant.
If you did want to buy the fresh plant, remember to get the Aloe Barbabensis Miller kind. This is because there are many different types of aloe vera plant.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gelly
There are probably too many to mention, however, I will try to list several for you:
Please do not assume that aloe vera gel is a jack-of-all-trades…It simply works because it contains a rich supply of mucopolysaccharides (MPS) which are a class of long chain sugars. These are vital to our bodies and are found in every cell we have. Our body makes MPS in the first decade of our lives. After that we have to rely on food sources to supply our bodies with MPS.
The gel penetrates the three layers of epidermis when applied on the skin. This is why it is so effective when healing scars.
Aloe vera gel contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids , saponins, etc and is effective in assisting the body to heal itself.
How To Use Aloe Vera Juice and Gelly
Aloe vera juice is not sweet! However, it is only needed in small amounts to be effective. Start with 1 tablespoon in the morning before food to aid digestion. Take another tablespoon in the evening before bed.
The gel can be mixed with a little honey to sweeten your tastebuds. As time goes on, you may up the dosage to 1 tablespoon three times a day.
Aloe vera juice is known to be a laxative, so do not drink a whole 8oz cup to avoid causing diarrhoea.
The gelly is packaged in a tube and when using, simply apply to the area on your body with a light touch. You can apply it as many times in a day as needed. Aloe vera gelly is edible, so you can apply it to mouth ulcers and sore gums.
How Fast Does Aloe Vera Gelly Work?
This depends on how frequently you apply the gelly or drink the juice. Results can be seen almost immediately.
I once had a fever and drank 3oz of aloe juice then went to sleep for 3 hours. I had recovered by the time I woke up. Also, I used to suffer from cold sores which covered one side of my face. Instead of taking the usual three weeks, they took 3 days to come and go.
I had also scratched one third of my hair off one side of my head and I looked awful. It took one and a half years for my hair to grow back and look decent. My eyebrows grew back too and so did my side burns.
Obviously, we are all different and heal at different rates, however in general, you will find the rate that you heal will at least be twice as fast.
What Will Happen If I Stop Using Aloe Vera?
If you are using aloe vera for a condition which is prolonged, you will find that the rate of healing will slow down and eventually stop. So it is best to continue with it by drinking the juice. This will boost your immune system and also your overall health.
Personally, aloe vera juice and gelly were very useful in healing my eczema. I kept one tube in my bag and one in the bathroom, so I could use it when out and about and also after my bath. Since my skin was very dry, I would coat myself in a mixture of shea butter and coconut oil before putting on the Tubifast bandages.
The gelly was very cooling to my skin and calmed the itchiness right down. My scratch wounds healed in 2 weeks and the scars took another 2 weeks to heal. Bear in mind, I do not suffer from keloid scars in general, so maybe that is another reason why my skin healed quickly.
I was also drinking 2 oz of the juice twice a day so it was like a double whammy for my system. My skin is now very smooth on my face and no longer suffers from sunburn.
So there you have it, the main natural remedy that I used in healing my eczema. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.
Evening Primrose is taken from the seeds of the plant which originated from North America. This plant is from the Willow Herb family of weeds. It bears yellow flowers when in bloom, that close up in the evening hence the name, ‘Evening Primrose’. The seeds contain 10-15% of oil that is made up of essential fatty acids.
The evening primrose plant is the only plant found, so far by mankind, that contains gammalinolenic acid – GLA for short. In the 1970’s, scientists discovered that GLA is 10 times more effective than linoleic acid.
What are Essential Fatty Acids?
They are vitamin-like lipids that your body cannot make, but must have. Your body gets essential fatty acids from foods containing them; virgin sunflower seed oil, organic liver, kidneys and lean meat and legumes. These foods belong to the linoleic fatty acid family. Their role in your body is to ensure that your cell membranes are fluid and flexible.
Your cell membranes will become rigid when you have a deficiency of fatty acids. Other symptoms of these essential fats show up in the following conditions:
Slow healing wounds
Dried up tear ducts
Faulty immune system
Blocking Agents To Absorption
Believe it or not, you may take plenty of evening primrose oil and still not be absorbing it due to zinc deficiencies, ageing, or drinking moderate to large amounts of alcohol. The main culprit being foods rich in trans-fatty acids like cakes, bscuits, french fries and margarine. (To cut a long story short, trans-fatty acids are foods that contain heavily processed oils that have become denatured.)
Key Agents To Absorption
These are Vitamin C, B-Complex, Zinc and Magnesium
So How Does This Relate to Clearing Eczema?
People who have eczema also have very low levels of GLA. Evening Primrose oil contains high levels of this fatty acid and it was the first natural remedy that I took. My GP prescribed them for me and I started on a dose of 2 capsules twice a day, then upping the dose to 5 capsules three times daily.
The dosage for children is lower – 3 capsules pricked with a needle and the oil massaged into the tummy area.
For youth and children as young as 10 – 3 capsules morning and evening with food.
Note of Caution
People with epilepsy should not take this oil.
So there you have it, evening primrose oil comes in capsules and liquid form. It is available from chemists and health food shops and online. There are even ointments which contain this oil. So it would be good idea to do your own research as to the amount of oil you want to take in order to clear your eczema.
For the record, one product I highly recommend is Udos Oil which is a mix of oils that contain essential fatty acids 3, 6, 9 and also contains evening primrose oil. It should be mixed into salads and ideally yoghurt or soya yoghurt for ease of absorption.
I have also found this oil is often confused with borage oil which is less effective for eczema.
Hopefully, you are now well on your way to clear skin. If not, remember take one day at a time as Rome was not built in a day!