When combatting eczema and sensitive skin, it is vitally important to maximize your health. This means living a healthy lifestyle is the center focus of your life. By doing that your skin and eczema will quickly get better. In this regard, ginger tea is an easy way to get results in an easy and non-expensive way.
Ginger tea is actually not a tea, but rather a hot drink where the extraction of ginger is the main ingredient. I really love this new addition to my diet, since it is a great way to boost your health and skip some of the cups of coffee during the day. On top it is really cheap and easy to make in your own kitchen. The only equipment you need is a microwave oven, a grater and a colander.
My basic recipe
Start by gently washing a small piece of ginger that is approximately the same volume as your thumb.
Use a grater to turn the ginger into a pulp and put it into a cup
Fill the cup halfway up with water and place it in the microwave oven
Start the oven at max wattage and look at the cup during the heating process
When you see the water/ginger mixture bubbling upwards turn off the oven
Reset the oven to 100 – 270 watts and set the timer for five minutes. Adjust the wattage so that the ginger only simmers and does not spill over while cooking.
After the simmering of the ginger mixture, drain it through a colander into your favorite drinking cup
Add some honey, a little sugar, or Stevia as a non-caloric sweetener
Add cinnamon, pepper, or other spices to make the drink even spicier – And healthier!
Tools for the ginger nerd
If you want to up the game of ginger tea brewing, I can recommend getting a metal tea/ginger holder. It makes the brewing somewhat cleaner and faster and works just fine in the microwave oven as well.
Health benefits of ginger root
Certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger help your body ward off germs. They’re especially good at halting the growth of bacteria like E.coli and Shigella, and they may also keep viruses like RSV at bay.
Keeps Your Mouth Healthy
Ginger’s antibacterial power may also brighten your smile. Active compounds in ginger called gingerols keep oral bacteria from growing. These bacteria are the same ones that can cause periodontal disease, a serious gum infection.
Wear and tear on cells
Ginger contains antioxidants. These molecules help manage free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells when their numbers become too high.
Ginger can give your immune system the extra boost it needs to tackle the oncoming flu or to battle a full-fledged case of the common cold. It contains the biological compounds gingerol and shogaol that fight to eliminate free radicals and toxins that can cause you to get sick in the first place.
Ginger tea also contains antibacterial properties that help fight the bacteria that can cause disease. Furthermore, the spicy kick of ginger can help to loosen chest congestion that leads to coughs and soothe a sore throat by reducing inflammation. Ginger contains high levels of vitamin C and magnesium that help to kick colds faster.
Improves Respiratory System
If you suffer from allergies, drinking ginger tea can be a soothing way to relieve the respiratory effects of your allergies. Allergic rhinitis is simply an overreaction of the immune system to common stimuli. Ginger works to prevent the immune system response that causes wheezing, itchy and watery eyes and sneezing.
One of the main components of ginger’s allergy-fighting abilities is the compound 6-gingerol. This compound blocks the activation of T-cells, which are responsible for the immune system’s overreaction to normal stimuli. In a 2016 study conducted on mice, mice that received a diet containing 2 percent powdered ginger sneezed an average of 2.1 times versus the 15.2 times of the placebo group.
While there haven’t been any studies on human subjects yet, the results from animal studies have shown promise in treating allergic reactions with ginger. In essence, ginger acts as an antihistamine that can relieve nasal congestion and sneezing, making springtime and daily allergies less debilitating.
Ginger is also beneficial in supporting overall lung health and has been used for 2,500 years as a healing root. Ginger helps to eliminate mucus, clearing the airways and making it easier to breathe. It also reduces inflammation that can cause wheezing and constricted feeling in the chest and throat.
Aids in Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight faster, you may want to consider drinking ginger tea as part of your regular routine. While studies like the one published in the European Journal of Nutrition have found that drinking tea aids in weight loss in general. The reason is that ginger has special compounds that make weight loss easier.
Ginger can aid weight loss by making it easier for the digestive system to break down fats and by blocking fat absorption in the intestines. The same compounds that allow ginger to ease nausea are the ones that enable enhanced efficiency in the digestive tract.
In a review of 27 articles, most of the experimental studies proved that ginger root played a role in accelerating weight loss. While clinical studies had more limited results, the potential for ginger to accelerate metabolism and control appetite makes drinking ginger tea a good addition to a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Many people suffer from aches and pains caused by exercise or a chronic disease. Consuming ginger tea may help to ease muscle pain and joint pain associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, and osteoarthritis. The main reason behind this health benefit is the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger root.
A study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism in 2001 showed that ginger tea aided in pain relief when it came to sufferers of osteoarthritis. The study focused specifically on knee pain and 63 percent of the 247 participants felt a marked reduction in their osteoarthritis pain.
Ginger has also shown promise when it comes to alleviating pain caused by menstrual discomfort. A University study analyzed the effects of ginger root on 120 student residents attending the university. The students who were given 500 milligrams of ginger root powder for five days showed decreased intensity and pain duration associated with cramps compared to the control group who received a placebo.
Supports Brain Health
Consuming ginger tea can improve cognitive performance in middle-aged individuals. It can also treat dementia, and can help to prevent neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. Most of these benefits have been attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of the ginger root.
A 2011 Thai study gave 60 middle-aged women doses of 400 to 800 milligrams of ginger extract for two months while using computerized and auditory tests to monitor brain function. At the end of the study, the women who received ginger extract showed enhanced working memory and faster cognitive processing. The study also demonstrated an increased power of attention and better quality of memory.
A 2013 animal study also found a connection between the use of ginger root and reduced Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Rats were given varying doses of ginger root extract over a period of 35 days and tested for brain function. The rats that were given more than .05 milligrams of ginger root extract showed shorter incidences of memory deficits. There is evidence that ginger consumption can have an effect on delaying the cognitive impacts of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Ginger is abundant in active constituents, such as phenolic and terpene compounds. The phenolic compounds in ginger are mainly gingerols, shogaols, and paradols. In fresh ginger, gingerols are the major polyphenols, such as 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol, and 10-gingerol. With heat treatment or long-time storage, gingerols can be transformed into corresponding shogaols. After hydrogenation, shogaols can be transformed into paradols. There are also many other phenolic compounds in ginger, such as quercetin, zingerone, gingerenone-A, and 6-dehydrogingerdione.
It has been known that free radicals, such as reactive oxygen plays an important part in the development of many chronic diseases like eczema. It has been reported that a variety of natural products possess antioxidant potential. Foods such as vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, cereal grains, medicinal plants, and herbal infusions are chosen in this regard. Several studies have found that ginger also has high antioxidant activity.
When combatting eczema and sensitive skin, it is vitally important to maximize your health. This means living a healthy lifestyle being the center focus of your life. By doing that your skin and eczema will quickly get better. In this regard, Vegan Chia Porridge is an easy way to get results in an easy and non-expensive way.
Vegan chia porridge is a healthy supplement to your diet and super easy to make as it does not need to be cooked. Just put it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight and it is done. It can do this because chia seeds can absorb water 10-12 times their own weight.
The chia seeds swell and become jelly-like, giving a consistency like other types of porridge. I season with cinnamon, stevia and a little salt. But you can decide for yourself what taste you want the porridge to have. It is only the imagination that sets the limit, as the chia seeds themselves are almost tasteless.
When the time comes to eat the porridge, you can mix in some fruit or berries. A bit of your favorite jam is also a good choice and gives a nice color.
As chia seeds are full of fiber, the porridge gives a good and long-lasting feeling of satiety. If you use stevia as a sweetener, you will get a porridge that contains very few calories. That is also why chia porridge is perfect if you want a healthy and low-calorie meal.
Pour 20 grams of chia seeds into a glass
1 dl water
1 dl oat drink / barista oat drink
A little salt
1 teaspoon Stevia (or sugar / honey)
A little Cinnamon
Put in the fridge overnight or just a few hours
If you want to play a little more with the recipes, here is a video that shows a lot of other combination options. Chia porrigde is also nemed “Overnight Oats”, because they are left to sit in the fridge overnight. The concept and procedure are the same as with porridge made from chia seeds alone.
However, some of the recipes are not vegan, as there is yoghurt in it, but you can just omit it or replace it with vegan soy or oat yoghurt. My favorite is Naturli’s JOE ‘KURT – NATURAL . Their fruit-flavored versions are also just delicious:-).
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are small seeds that originally came from South America and have now found their way into the Western diet. This is a great advantage as these seeds are full of good properties and can help add important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein to your diet.
Chia seeds are high in protein
Like other nuts and seeds, chia seeds contain relatively much protein. In addition, chia seeds are pure whole grains, as all parts of the seed are used and thus you get many of the nutrients that are found in the shell parts of the seed.
Chia seeds contain 17% protein and 9 essential amino acids. These amino acids are essential because our body cannot make them by itself, but is dependent on getting them supplied through the diet. Protein is necessary to improve and maintain our muscles, just as it gives a longer feeling of satiety. This is because protein takes quite a long time to be broken down in the intestinal system and the body also uses a lot of energy in this process. This makes it a good choice for the health- and weight-conscious person.
Chia seeds are gluten-free, making it a good choice for those who suffer from gluten intolerance .
Rich in fiber
Chia seeds contain approx. 35 g of fiber per 100 g, and is thus extremely rich in dietary fiber. In fact, it is five times as much fiber per. 100 grams compared to quinoa and corn.
As fiber is not digestible, it also gives a longer feeling of satiety and can help in the weight-loss process. Fiber also helps keep bowel movements going and prevents a hard stomach.
The high fiber content of chia seeds makes it easy to get the recommended 25-35 g daily.
Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids
Chia seeds contain so many of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. For that reason, chia seeds can be processed into chia seed oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are the specific type of unsaturated fat that has been shown to improve heart health and reduce inflammation in the body. It is part of the so-called anti-inflammatory diet, which has proven good for your health.
Chia seeds contain three specific fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), but are highest in ALA. DHA and EPA are the fatty acids that have the largest association with cardiovascular health.
High calcium content
Chia seeds are the perfect example of a vegan non-dairy product that is a rich source of calcium. Gram for gram, chia seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk. Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus are all essential for heart, dental, and bone health and can be difficult nutrients to get enough of for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies. Therefore, chia porridge can provide an alternative source of the nutrients that are otherwise found in milk and dairy products.
The magnesium content is higher than in cow’s milk. Magnesium is an important mineral that plays a crucial role in the transmission of signals through the heart and the rest of your body. It is also important for the health of your muscles, including the heart muscle. 100 g of chia seeds contain 340 mg of magnesium. The recommended daily intake is between 300-400 mg.
Like magnesium and calcium, phosphorus is a mineral that is essential for good health. It is an important part of our cell’s energy storage molecule called ATP. It is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats and works together with calcium to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.
Banana bites are a healthy snack without cows’ milk and eggs. They have very little added sugar, as it is the well-ripened bananas that provide sweetness. This makes them suitable for people who have food sensitivities or people with eczema who find that cows’ milk and eggs aggregate or provoke flare-ups.
If you want to keep healthy body weight, they can also be a good alternative to other more unhealthy snacks. When one’s candy craving comes in the evening, it’s perfect to thaw a frozen banana bite instead of going in the candy closet.
Banana bites are easy to produce and children can easily help make them in the kitchen. It’s a simple recipe and there are many ways to improvise with other ingredients than the ones I have chosen.
6 well ripe bananas, dark brown with “leopard spots”
0,5 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 deciliter Oat-milk
0,5 deciliter wheat flour
1,5 deciliter oatmeal or müsli
1 deciliter coconut flour
50 grammes 70 % dark chokolade (chopped)
Once the bananas, spices and oatmeal are in, whisk well with a hand mixer.
Then add the wheat flour and whish again. The rest of the ingredients are added and stirred until well mixed. It can be done with a pot spoon, but not with a hand mixer, as it crushes it too much into a moochi blend.
By using the metal ring from a Eva Solo steak presses you can easily shape the cakes. Dip the metal ring in water before and in between each filling and the dough will release easily. You can also put blobs of cake dough on the baking paper and then they get a more organic shape :-).
The banana bites are baked at 200 degrees for approx. 30 min. They are done when they get a little brownish ontop.
After cooling down, you can eat them immediately or put them in the freezer for later use. It’s a good idea to use the “black” bananas that no one really bothers to eat anyway. This minimizes food waste and saves money on a tight budget.
When the cakes are done baking, you can let them cool on a rack. They can stay in the fridge for a relatively long time, and are best kept in the freezer if you do not get to eat them within a few days. Then they are also easy to pick up and put in the lunch box in the morning.
For many people, a dairy-free diet helps them clear their eczema or at least reduce the severity of flareups. Since dairy products are a major trigger for eczema it is an important element in my diet to avoid foods that contain milk proteins.
Dairy products are things like cows milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, but also other foods can have ingredients that contain milk proteins. Fortunately, international regulations advice to have these allergens in the ingredient list on food products and the word milk must be included.
It was after a long period of bad eczema that I first started looking for other people’s experiences with diet change, as a way to treat atopic eczema.
I came across a post on the internet, where a guy describes how dietary changes have made his eczema disappear. Especially the exclusion of dairy and cow’s milk had made a great impact.
Motivated by the prospect of an eczema-free life, I instantly stopped drinking milk and also refrained from eating products that contained milk as an ingredient.
After a short while my eczema almost disappeared and to test if milk the cause, we did some quite unscientific tests at home with me as a guinea pig. The test was to refrain from all kinds of dairy products and then drink a small amount of milk after a couple of eczema-free days. The result was clear every time. After a minute or so of having milk eczema came again and always first as a tingling sensation in the skin which after a day became a visible eczema flare-up.
As an alternative to milk, I use oat milk from the supermarket. It is really good in coffee and muesli is now something I can eat again. In addition, oat milk has the advantage of very long shelf life and it stays fresh in the open state as long as it is in the refrigerator.
There are a growing number of brands so you have to test out which one you like the best.
It reinforces my own experience in adjusting my diet to a dairy-free one and tells me that there is more to this subject than the established healthcare system and the dairy industry like to tell us.
Goodbye to sore throat
When I drank cow’s milk and ate dairy products I had a sore throat every winter. It was a recurring phenomenon and if you have had a sore throat once, you know how painful it can be. Therefore, I was very relieved as after the first milk-free winter I had not had a sore throat.
It has been like that since my diet change abstaining from dairy and cows milk.
If you are a man then your risk of having prostate cancer is increased by drinking milk. The higher the amount of fats in the milk, the more fatal the prostate cancer will be. High-fat content translates into aggressive cancer, whereas skimmed milk increases the chances of low-impact cancer. But both increase the overall risk of attracting this cancer that is widely spread in countries with a western diet high in sugars, processed foods, and dairy products.
You can read all about how a dairy-free diet has helped me to become eczema-free in my book Ezcema Healing Guide. But also just as important as why I just had to write a book, so that other eczema-sufferers can be inspired by my long journey to eczema-healing.
In this article, you will learn about what I think is the best fat-loss diet and the connection between overweight, obesity, and eczema.
As an eczema patient, it’s important to display some kind of bodyweight management. When a person develops eczema he is 8% more likely to become overweight or obese. But the opposite is also the case. A person that develops overweight or obesity is more prone to having skin problems like atopic dermatitis.
Effects of obesity on the skin
A 2017 study of American women found thatskin barrier and moisturizing functions were significantly impaired by obesity, resulting in considerable dryness and roughness, compared with nonobese women.
Atopic eczema becomes a problem due to chronic inflammation in the whole body due to high caloric intake. That creates systemic inflammation combined with insulin resistance, demonstrated by altered levels of interleukin (IL)-6, leptin, adipokines, and insulin.
In another study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, online March 16, 2011, the findings point to the same conclusions:
Small children who are obese may be more likely to develop severe eczema
Compared to children who weren’t obese, kids who became obese between the ages of 2 and 5 years old had more than three times the risk of developing the condition. If they were even younger when they became obese – babies or toddlers – their risk of the uncomfortable skin disease seemed to be even higher.
Children who are obese for a long time are more likely to get eczema. If you’re able to reverse the obesity with weight loss, children may be less likely to develop eczema, or eczema symptoms may improve.
Overall, the researchers found that obesity was nearly twice as common in children and adolescents with eczema. About nine of every 100 study participants with eczema were obese, compared to only five out of 100 without the skin disease.
The cost of overweight and obesity
The economic side of the matter is quite disturbing and the future outlook is not good. Healthcare costs are expected to rise dramatically in the coming years and place an already hard-pressed global healthcare system under even more pressure. For example, obesity is responsible for 70 percent of all treatment costs for diabetes, 23 percent of treatment costs for cardiovascular diseases, and 9 percent for cancers.
Health care providers use the Body Mass Index(BMI), which is a measure of your weight in relation to your height, to define overweight and obesity. People who have a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered overweight. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater. You can calculate your BMI to learn if you are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese may increase the risk of health problems. Your health care provider can assess your individual risk due to your weight.
A good indication of whether one is eating healthy is by looking at BMI and the body’s overall impression. A BMI in the lower part of the normal spectrum may indicate that too many unhealthy foods and sugars are not consumed. If the body appears “trimmed”, it is a good indicator that you are on the right track with the current diet.
To keep the weight in check you have to exercise and eat healthily. In my free book Eczemahealingguide you can read more about a healthy diet that is optimal for fighting both eczema and weight problems. You will also learn some mental techniques to keep doing the right thing as a part of your future life.
The best fat-loss diet
My way of managing weight is in my honest opinion the best fat-loss diet. It is free, easy to do, and only demands a little self-discipline to get a lasting weight loss. If you keep to the routines and methods described you will be able to stay fit, lean, and healthy for life.
I am a small guy but even a small guy can put too much weight on sometimes. Of course, I can not relate to being overweight or obese, but I can share my methods to be in charge of my body weight.
Normally I put on some weight in the winter months. To get ready to hit the beach in the summer I start trimming down at Christmas-time by doing what I consider the best fat-loss diet and routines.
I have some rules that make it more like a routine than a struggle to lose weight. I guess it will work just as well if your start weight is somewhat higher. Then you will probably also see much quicker results at the beginning as the potential for losing weight is higher.
The meal plan for ordinary days:
Only coffee (with a little oat-milk) and carrots from I wake up and until lunch
At lunchtime, I have three pieces of rye bread with eg. cold cuts, salmon, mackerel, hummus, pâté.
At about 15 o’clock porridge made from oatmeal and müsli, no added sugar
For dinner, dishes with meat, fish or vegan steaks, falaffel, etc. as a protein source. Rice, bulgur, lentils, pasta, couscous ect. as a carbohydrate source. Rough green vegetables e.g. fried aubergines, broccoli, cabbage, scallions, carrots, etc. as a fiber / vegetable source.
After dinner there is no more food meaning that I will be fasting about 16 hours, before I have my next meal at about 12 o’clock the day after. That is called intermitted fasting and a very healthy way to live. You basically give your body a chance to digest properly and a pause to have some of the many benefits that fasting have to offer. I use the app Zero on my phone and apple watch to keep track of my progress in this matter.
The porridge is made like this:
35 grammes of oatmeat + 35 grammes of müsli with no addad sugars
Add about 2 dl. cold water
Microwave for about 2.5 minutes at max wattage
Add 1 dl. of oat milk and 1 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder
Stir and let it sit for about two minutes
During the day there are no sugary soft drinks or similar things since they are not part of the life I want to live. Only juice, coffee, non-alcoholic beer, or pure water with sparkles.
By keeping with this routine you do not have to think too much about what to eat and convincing yourself to eat healthy at every meal.
Of course, this diet is a little boring, but it is healthy and cheap. In fact, I find it to be the best fat-loss diet since it is so straightforward. It keeps you full and you always know what and when the next meal is there. By dividing the day into small manageable timeslots it is much easier to “stick-it-out” to the next meal.
The routine for days with intensive strength training
If you want a stronger body, but at the same time do not want to gain fat, then this meal plan is perfect. I’ve been doing it for a long time and it works. It’s pretty impressive what an increased amount of high quality protein can do when you combine it with intensive training a few times a week.
The meal plan on (one day before and one day after) training day:
Breakfast consists of 250 grams of minced chicken, cooked with water, a bit of rice, boulion and curry.
Peeled carrots (about 200 g) for the drive to work
At lunchtime I eat two or three pieces of rye bread with e.g. cold cuts, salmon, mackerel, hummus, liver pate (chicken or alm.) or rice dish consisting of 250 grams of minced chicken, 100 grams of peas, one can of pineapple in pieces and a shot of coconut milk. Made in Rice cooker from Sistema.
Fruit or the rest of the rice dish from dinner relieves hunger until dinner.
Dinner, dishes with meat, fish or vegan steaks, falafel, etc. as a source of protein. rice, bulgur, lentils, pasta, couscous el. lign. as a carbohydrate source. Rough green e.g. fried aubergines, broccoli, cabbage, scallions, carrots, etc. as a fiber/vegetable source.
The rice dish with chicken, pineapple and coconut milk is made as follows:
Heat the minced chicken meat, rice, salt, and water in the microwave for approx. 12 minutes at max. Wattage. Add 1 dl. coconut milk, 1 teaspoon curry, a can of sliced pineapple in juice, and the frozen peas.
Stir and wait for approx. two minutes. Then there is a healthy hot dinner dish with high protein content.
During the day, there are no sugary soft drinks. Only juice, coffee, non-alcoholic beer or clean water with or without bubbles. As a snack, there is fruit, nuts and more carrots.
By following this routine, one does not have to think so much about what the next meal should consist of. Thus, it is easy to eat healthy at every meal. The bonus of this meal plan is that you can feel a marked improvement in the gym, while not gaining fat.
Of course, these meal plans are a bit tedious, but they are healthy and inexpensive. They keep you full and you always know what and when the next meal is. By dividing the day into small manageable time slots, it is much easier to “persevere” until the next meal.
Protein is not just protein
Many people probably think that proteins are simple building blocks that you just have to have enough of to stay healthy. But few are aware that proteins are a key term for a collection of amino acids. They are the real building blocks that our body needs to do everything relating to repairing cell damage, maintain and build muscle, secrete hormones, etc.
Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids. The composition of amino acids can be very different, depending on the type of protein in question. Here the difference between vegetable and animal is noticeable, as the animal proteins to a greater extent contain the combination of amino acids that the human body needs. It is actually quite logical that meat products contain the building blocks that is needed to build muscle, etc., while the composition of our body is less reminiscent of a plant.
There are 20 different amino acids from which the body can make protein. A distinction is made between the essential and the non-essential amino acids. There are 8 essential amino acids. They are characterized by the fact that the body can not make these from other substances. There are also 12 of the non-essential amino acids and these the body can produce from other substances.
A major part of the best fat-loss diet is to get rid of added sugar in your foods. The study also shows that high sugar levels can damage your brain and cause or worsen dementia.
The exclusion of sugar is no big problem and your body adapts quite rapidly. It is just like turning the volume of your stereo down and your ears will adjust. The craving for sugary foods hangs on for the first couple of days. At the beginning of the process, you are most motivated and eager to do the right thing. That helps to get through the first “tough” days and after that, it becomes much easier. Things like raisins, fruits, and daddles are small explosions of sugary taste and you will be surprised how easy it is to relinquish added sugar.
The video below is one of the best if you really want to learn about the mechanics behind the obesity epidemic. They are need-to-know knowledge if you are serious about your health. You that you will be surprised by the facts that are presented.
To start the day with coffee and carrots are my prime choice. It is a power-boost of caffeine, fibers, vitamins, and antioxidants. Did you know that coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries?
Sometimes you will feel a little hungry at about 9 o’clock, but in a few hours, you will start your daily eating window. The foods I have listed all contain a high amount of protein, medium fats, and low natural sugars. On top, they have lots of fibers and healthy whole-grain carbohydrates to give energy and provide a feeling of satiety.
If you buy it – You eat it !
Another important part of the best fat-loss diet is to clean your house of any food that is not in sync with your goals and diet. This is again an important part of what I think is the best fat-loss diet.
To keep on the right path you must make a grocery list and stick to it. I have a saying: “If you buy it, You eat it”. Healthy foods need to be the only ones leaving the supermarket with you.
For the tempting times in the evening where the cravings come rushing in it is important to have a backup-plan in place. The plan is to have some healthy snacks ready in the cupboard. A bag of raisins, nuts, daddle or salty breadsticks can be the “emergency foods”. And when you crave a coke, then have some fruit juice. They may have the same calories, but now you got all the good vitamins instead of empty calories.
In the video below you will get even more knowledge about why we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic. This knowledge is good if you want to take back control of your lifestyle choices.
Weigh yourself often to stay on track
It is crucial to jump on the scale every single day to maintain progressive fat loss. It has been confirmed by science that people who lost weight and kept it off have daily weigh-ins. If you get two “high” measurements you might feel your progress has stalled. That is normally not the case. You can just not see the trends if you only step onto the scale some days. Below you see the fluctuations of my daily measurements. They are canceled out when you zoom out to Year-view.
When I do my weight managing routine the result is a slow but steady lowering of my body weight. The rate of weight loss is just above one kilogram a month, which is a healthy rate to reduce your weight.
Exercise – Keep muscle and lose fat
In any fat-loss diet, you have to get your body moving.
You have to find some kind of exercise that appeals to you. I lift weights for one hour two times a week and aim at getting 10.000 steps every day. My apple watch keeps track of all the exercise data and the daily weigh-in is also going into Apple-health.
By exercising you maintain your muscle mass and by performing weight- or resistance training you build bigger muscle. When your muscle mass is greater your body burns more calories even when you are not training. It is just like a car with a big engine. It will have a higher fuel consumption when idle than a car with a small engine.
Going slowly in the weight loss process minimizes the risk of losing muscle mass. And doing progressive resistance training while in a caloric deficit, you tell your body to hold on to the muscle. Because of the high nutritional content on the diet, I experience muscle growth while slowly becoming leaner. That is really what you want!
Walking – Fat loss acceleration
Walking is the easiest way of spending more calories and keeping muscle mass. The activity can be done everywhere and is free. The risk of injury is also extremely low compared to eg. running, playing football, or any other high-intensity sport. Combined with the fat-loss diet that I find to be the best, you can expect to see a gradual weight loss. But remember to be patient. Sometimes it takes just as long to fix it as it took to break it :-).
If I should recommend two videos about weight loss and walking it would be these two. They are my “go-to”-videos if I need some motivation myself or if people are asking about weight loss advice.
Committing to a healthy fat-loss diet and getting the exercise done can be hard. But if you do not eat healthily and burn more calories by training you will keep gaining weight. Some application of daily discipline is needed to stay on the right track. After the initial motivation has faded you have to rely on rules, routines, and self-discipline. It might be helpful to read my article about how I use and apply discipline to stay clear of my eczema condition and keep fit. Every day!
Before we dive deep into the subject of weight loss medicine, I would like to show you PLENITY. This is by my standards a smart product, that is not a drug, but a “Weight-loss device” according to the US. authorities FDA. By eating less you will lose fat and combined with a healthy diet, you are good to go.
Prescription Medications to Treat Overweight and Obesity
How do weight-loss medications work?
Prescription medications to treat overweight and obesity work in different ways. For example, some medications may help you feel less hungry or full sooner. Other medications may make it harder for your body to absorb fat from the foods you eat.
Health care professionals often use BMI to help decide who might benefit from weight-loss medications. Your doctor may prescribe a medication to treat your overweight or obesity if you are an adult with
Weight-loss medications aren’t for everyone with a high BMI. Some people who are overweight or obese may lose weight with a lifestyle program that helps them change their behaviors and improve their eating and physical activity habits. A lifestyle program may also address other factors that affect weight gain, such as eating triggers and not getting enough sleep.
Can children or teenagers take weight-loss medications?
Can medications replace physical activity and healthy eating habits as a way to lose weight?
Medications don’t replace physical activity or healthy eating habits as a way to lose weight and especially fat. Studies show that weight-loss medications work best when combined with a lifestyle program. Ask your doctor or other health care professional about lifestyle treatment programs for weight management that will work for you. Weight-loss medications don’t replace physical activity and a healthy fat-loss diet.
What are the benefits of using prescription medications to lose weight?
When combined with changes in behavior, including eating and physical activity habits, prescription medications may help some people lose weight. On average, people who take prescription medications as part of a lifestyle program lose between 3 and 9 percent more of their starting body weight than people in a lifestyle program who do not take medication. Research shows that some people taking prescription weight-loss medications lose 10 percent or more of their starting weight.
Weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your starting body weight may help improve your health by lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides. Losing weight also can improve some other health problems related to overweight and obesity, such as joint pain or sleep apnea. Most weight loss takes place within the first 6 months of starting the medication.
What are the concerns with using prescription medications to lose weight?
Experts are concerned that, in some cases, the side effects of prescription medications to treat overweight and obesity may outweigh the benefits. For this reason, you should never take a weight-loss medication only to improve the way you look. In the past, some weight-loss medications were linked to serious health problems. For example, the FDA recalled fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine (part of the “fen-phen” combination) in 1997 because of concerns related to heart valve problems.
Possible side effects vary by medication and how it acts on your body. Most side effects are mild and most often improve if you continue to take the medication. Rarely, serious side effects can occur.
Again this proves that doing your weight loss in a healthy way and natural way is the best option. Sticking to the fat-loss diet described above will the best choice you can make for yourself.
How long will I need to take weight-loss medication?
How long you will need to take weight-loss medication depends on whether the drug helps you lose and maintain weight and whether you have any side effects. If you have lost enough weight to improve your health and are not having serious side effects, your doctor may advise that you stay on the medication indefinitely. If you do not lose at least 5 percent of your starting weight after 12 weeks on the full dose of your medication, your doctor will probably advise you to stop taking it. He or she may change your treatment plan or consider using a different weight-loss medication. Your doctor also may have you try different lifestyle, physical activity, or eating programs; change your other medications that cause weight gain; or refer you to a bariatric surgeon to see if weight-loss surgery might be an option for you.
Because obesity is a chronic condition, you may need to continue changes to your eating and physical activity habits and other behaviors for years. Or even a lifetime to improve your health and maintain a healthy weight.
Will I regain some weight after I stop taking weight-loss medication?
You will probably regain some weight after you stop taking weight-loss medication. Developing and maintaining healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity may help you regain less weight or keep it off. Federal physical activity guidelines (PDF, 14.2 MB) recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and at least 2 days a week of muscle-strengthening activities. You may need to do more than 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week to reach or maintain your weight-loss goal.
What medications are available to treat overweight and obesity?
The FDA has approved five drugs—orlistat (Xenical, Alli), lorcaserin (Belviq), phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia), naltrexone-bupropion (Contrave), and liraglutide (Saxenda)—for long-term use. You can keep taking these drugs as long as you are benefiting from treatment and not having unpleasant side-effects.
Some weight-loss medications that curb appetite are approved by the FDA only for short-term use, or up to 12 weeks. Although some doctors prescribe them for longer periods of time, not many research studies have looked at how safe and effective they are for long-term use.
Pregnant women should never take weight-loss medications. Women who are planning to get pregnant also should avoid these medications, as some of them may harm a fetus.
Wegovy/Semaglutide – by Novo Nordisk
Approximately 650 million adults are estimated to live with obesity worldwide. So for that reason, the market for anti-obesity medicine is enormous. The medical firms that bring products to market that can reduce obesity will have a real “money tree”.
This drug is one of the most promising medicines for obesity. Novo Nordisk has taken one step forward in its ambition to move its Type 2 diabetes drug semaglutide into the giant and largely untapped obesity market. Semaglutide is an analog of the human glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) hormone. It induces weight loss by reducing hunger, increasing the feeling of fullness, and thereby helping people eat less and reduce their calorie intake.
Novo Nordisk has in January 2021 unveiled plans to invest $80 million in expanding facilities at its production site in Denmark. The facility currently manufactures products for oral diabetes treatments and will be expanded to ensure capacity for future production of these products. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
For Novo Nordisk it is an important step in building and ensuring future capacity for the production of Rybelsus (oral semaglutide). Their factory in Denmark is currently the primary site of production of oral semaglutide, and they say it is critical to invest timely in capacity expansion to meet future demands.
The money tree has been planted!
FDA Approves New Drug Treatment for Chronic Weight Management, First Since 2014
Today (04. june 2021), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Wegovy (semaglutide) injection (2.4 mg once weekly) for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol), for use in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. This under-the-skin injection is the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014. The drug is indicated for chronic weight management in patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg/m2 or greater who have at least one weight-related ailment or in patients with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater.
“Today’s approval offers adults with obesity or overweight a beneficial new treatment option to incorporate into a weight management program,” said John Sharretts, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Diabetes, Lipid Disorders, and Obesity in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “FDA remains committed to facilitating the development and approval of additional safe and effective therapies for adults with obesity or overweight.”
Approximately 70% of American adults have obesity or overweight. Having obesity or overweight is a serious health issue associated with some leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and is linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Losing 5% to 10% of body weight through diet and exercise has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in adult patients with obesity or overweight.
Wegovy works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. The medication dose must be increased gradually over 16 to 20 weeks to 2.4 mg once weekly to reduce gastrointestinal side effects.
Wegovy’s safety and efficacy were studied in four 68-week trials. Three were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (including 16 weeks of dose increases) and one was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized withdrawal trial in which patients receiving Wegovy either continued with the treatment or switched to a placebo. More than 2,600 patients received Wegovy for up to 68 weeks in these four studies and more than 1,500 patients received placebo.
The largest placebo-controlled trial enrolled adults without diabetes. The average age at the start of the trial was 46 years and 74% of patients were female. The average body weight was 231 pounds (105 kg) and average BMI was 38 kg/m2. Individuals who received Wegovy lost an average of 12.4% of their initial body weight compared to individuals who received placebo. Another trial enrolled adults with type 2 diabetes. The average age was 55 years and 51% were female. The average body weight was 220 pounds (100 kg) and average BMI was 36 kg/m2. In this trial, individuals who received Wegovy lost 6.2% of their initial body weight compared to those who received placebo.
Side-effects including Cancer
The most common side effects of Wegovy include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal (stomach) pain, headache, fatigue, dyspepsia (indigestion), dizziness, abdominal distension, eructation (belching), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in patients with type 2 diabetes, flatulence (gas buildup), gastroenteritis (an intestinal infection) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (a type of digestive disorder).
The prescribing information for Wegovy contains a boxed warning to inform healthcare professionals and patients about the potential risk of thyroid C-cell tumors. Wegovy should not be used in patients with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or in patients with a rare condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
Wegovy should not be used in patients with a history of severe allergic reactions to semaglutide or any of the other components of Wegovy. Patients should stop Wegovy immediately and seek medical help if a severe allergic reaction is suspected. Wegovy also contains warnings for inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), gallbladder problems (including gallstones), low blood sugar, acute kidney injury, diabetic retinopathy (damage to the eye’s retina), increased heart rate and suicidal behavior or thinking. Patients should discuss with their healthcare professional if they have symptoms of pancreatitis or gallstones. If Wegovy is used with insulin or a substance that causes insulin secretion, patients should speak to their health care provider about potentially lowering the dose of insulin or the insulin-inducing drug to reduce the risk of low blood sugar. Healthcare providers should monitor patients with kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy and depression or suicidal behaviors or thoughts.
The FDA granted the approval to Novo Nordisk. Semaglutide 1 mg injection (Ozempic) was first approved as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in 2017.
What other medications for fat loss may be available in the future?
Researchers are currently studying several new medications and combinations of medications in animals and people. Researchers are working to identify safer and more effective medications to help people who are overweight or obese lose weight and maintain a healthy weight for a long time.
Future drugs may use new strategies
combine drugs that affect appetite and those that affect addiction (or craving)
stimulate gut hormones that reduce appetite
shrink the blood vessels that feed fat cells in the body, thereby preventing them from growing
Wouldn’t it be nice just to take a pill or some medicine every morning and heal your eczema?. Oh, yes!. Until now it has not been an option. But several Pharmaceutical Companies are now launching pill-based treatments to combat eczema flareups in people with atopic dermatitis.
Numerous companies have been trying to get to this market first because they know how big it will be. There are hundreds of millions with eczema and other skin disorders worldwide. These patients are potential buyers of the new eczema medicine products that are coming to market now.
The two new drugs are Rinvoq from Abbvie and Cibinqo from Pfizer. Both drugs are so-called JAK inhibitors and work by short-circuiting the biological process in the skin that triggers an immune response and thereby an eczema flareup.
The big difference is that these drugs are taken as a pill. This does not have the mental blockage as is the case when giving yourself an injection.
By blocking the communication pathway the cells that detect a potentially harmful object can not call upon the immune systems killer cells. But what happens when the immune system encounters eg. a cancerous cell that needs to be killed in order not to have it spread and multiply?. Do you “heal” eczema but in the process much worse things are happening inside the body? Only time will tell but one thing is certain. A natural health-driven approach to eczema healing, as described in detail on this website, is the best possible approach.
Risk of serious side effects and death
The FDA has on the 9th. January 2021 warned about potentially life-threatening side effects from the use of JAK inhibitor drugs.
In one year, Dupixent earned € 679 million. It’s a little crazy that one type of eczema medicine can make so much money.
User reviews of DUPIXENT range from FANTASTIC to severe side effects. That includes inflammation of the cornea of the eye, extensive eczema flare-up, and of course “money pain”.
Eczema expert Rob Stuart has basically the same approach to eczema healing as on this site. He has achieved total healing by optimizing his diet and bathing routines. It is affirming to know that my ideas and methods are in line with other eczema experts. Along with countless other people who have also healed themselves through lifestyle changes and optimized soap-less skincare.
Rob Stuart is also concerned about these new potent eczema medicine products.
Natural healing has no bad side effects
My approach to eczema treatment is to focus on a healthy lifestyle and optimal skincare. The most important part of skin care is the daily bath and here I often see the greatest opportunities for improvement. Soaps in the bath are toxic to sensitive skin. Therefore replacing soaps with salt or a regular washcloth is extremely important. The sensitive skin barrier is made up of skin cells and various lipids that need our protection. Soap, shampoo, and various soap-containing scrub products damage these lipids and thereby the skin.
Diet is important as it must contain all the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients that the body needs. In the diet, we also find foods and additives and sugar, which can create inflammation and thus cause eczema.
A good indication of whether one is eating healthy is by looking at the BMI score and the body’s overall apperance. If your BMI is in the lower part of the normal spectrum it indicates that not many unhealthy foods and sugars are consumed. If the body appears “trimmed” this can be a good indicator that you are on the right track diet-wise.
One should examine:
Is the diet healthy ?. It should consist of porridge, rye bread, healthy cold cuts such as fish, hummus, etc., fruits, and vegetables like carrots and cabbage.
Sugar intensifies inflammation in the body and needs to be eliminated from the diet.
Try to eat less fast food, ice cream, sweets, and other “empty calories” – They must be removed from the diet and replaced by healthy foods without preservatives and added sugar
Find allergens by using the “eczema-detective method” along with the dermatologist’s allergy tests
Why try natural healing?
The purpose of optimizing one’s lifestyle is to get as far in healing as possible in a natural way. The best result would be a total “cure”. Even if this is not possible a big improvement of the condition will also be good. Then you can settle for regular steroid creams (eg Locoid) and non-steroid creams (eg Elidel). It might be sufficient to keep eczema at bay while the skin is slowly rebuilding. One must never say “all or nothing”. Instead, think of it as a victory if you can achieve eg. 75% improvement through an optimized lifestyle. You do not want to take the expensive and potent products that the pharmaceutical industry is currently rolling out. With all drugs, some side effects are immediate while others may not appear until many years from now.
After years of batteling eczema I have come to a conclusion that simply says: No Discipline – No Healing.
It is a hard reality and on my website, I speak truthfully about the cold facts about eczema healing. There is no quick fix and as a man You have to dig deep to find the natural power to win this battle.
During this winter I have not had a single eczema flareup. I have been using the knowledge and routines you can find in my free book, but knowledge is useless without the discipline to implement it.
Discipline is what keeps you on the right path and in time you will find it to be your best friend on the journey to eczema healing.
Mr. Eczema is always just behind you. He is ready to attack if you let your guard down. Eczema flareups are the pain he will inflict on your body and you instantly know that you have failed.
To stay on the right path and do what is right I often look to Jocko Willink. He is my Eczema Drill-instructor and his no-nonsense approach to daily discipline inspires me. His book Discipline Equals Freedom is a MUST-READ for every eczema-warrior. In the following, you will hear snippets from the book spoken by Jocko himself.
Jocko’s message and voice is making Mr. Eczema duck for cover – He is really in trouble now!
When I finally decided to confront Mr. Eczema head on I knew I had to go on the warpath. I felt there was no other way. Either I did it 100% or the path to permanent healing would be a long-drawn-out endeavor.
I grabbed my electric shaver, set it on 6 millimeters, and went into the shower. When I got out I had transformed. The guy I saw in the mirror was now looking like a real warrior and a rush of motivation to GET AFTER IT engulfed me.
It is important to stay clear of all the temptations that look so delicious, but you know will provoke a flareup. Even if the foods you are craving are not directly causing a flareup it might not be good for your overall health. As eczema-warriors we need to stay on the healthy path and always choose the healthier alternative.
Especially the exclusion of milk and eggs have been an issue that took a while to get on top of. But when I found out where these ingredients are found I just had to use my willpower to say no. That meant no more cakes, milkshakes, milk on the daily cereals and find the internal power to ask for alternatives when at a party or eating out. All these daily trials build and exercises your ability to handle your diet in a disciplined way and stay clear of ALL temptations and things that might contain the root for an eczema flareup. So far I have not had a flareup in more than a year, but I have not taken the chance on any food in that period either. You can do the same and trust me, its getting into a habit sooner than you might think. Discipline regarding diet is your best friend and make it able for you to go after other goals like getting lean and shredded for the beach next summer.
It is here you have to display the most will-power and have the overall goal in sight – to become free of eczema now and stay clear and healthy for the rest of your life.
As you know the road to eczema healing is not covered with cookies and doughnuts, instead it consists of healthy foods. It is a matter of imposing maximum will-power and execute on your knowledge about food each time you put food on the plate. You have learned all you need to know to make the right choices every time.
And when somebody suddenly comes by and offers free doughnuts…. I think Jocko has an opinion about that!
Stay disciplined every day
Even how hard you try sometimes you will make a wrong choice and an eczema flareup will come seemingly out of the blue. When that happens it is normal to feel overwhelmed and sorry for yourself. It is here you start doubting yourself and whether you have what it takes.
Instead of getting soft – Get angry.! Get more motivated than ever before and analyze the time up to the flareup like a forensic expert. Where did Mr. Eczema come from and what was his weapon?
I have had these seemingly out-of-the-blue eczema flareups several times.
Suddenly you feel the itching, stinging sensation of an eczema flareup about to explode in your face. But what can you do?. You will just have to take it head-on and focus on staying strong in the coming healing process.
Each time this has happened to me I have gotten a little closer to knowing my own eczema. By applying that knowledge and staying disciplined to do what is right, you can, like me, in time become 100% healed from eczema.
Every day is a new day to heal your eczema. By doing the right things and staying clear of all the temptations that can ruin your progress. Think of every day as an opportunity to become a tougher, more disciplined, and better version of yourself. Having this in mind you will eventually get there.
Challenging yourself is a great way to discipline your mind so it is strong when temptations come. Discipline also helps you to do the daily skincare routines and stay clear of soaps and perfumes.
I personally use the daily shower to train my mental will-power. By taking cold showers I do something that is not pleasant at the moment, but afterward, you feel like a superhero.
When the opportunity for a winter-dip in the fjord presents itself my mental will-power is really challenged. But there is no way I will pass on such a great opportunity to show Mr. Eczema who he is up against!
So stay focused and stay disciplined. You can win this war, but some battles will be lost in the process. Accept that and just keep moving forward with a strong focus on the overall goal – To become eczema-free.
I am always looking for new ways to optimize my well-being and in that process, I stumbled upon nasal rinsing. It seems that a lot of people like this kind of cleansing, so I had to try it.
The nasal cavities act as a filter for the air you breathe in and are filled with cilia. Their job is to catch pollen and impurities before they reach the lungs. This “air filter” is important for keeping the body healthy, but can also be a place where allergenic pollen and dust can accumulate over time.
In many Asian countries, it is just as normal to wash the nose in this way as it is to wash the rest of the body.
I’ve been using the nasal horn several times a week and have fallen in love with it. The first time you rinse your nose you have that great feeling of the free airway – a bit like if you take a strong menthol candy. There is just so much more “throughput” that you become addicted to using your nasal rinser.
Since the rinsing of your nose can cause some splashing of water I use it as part of my bathing routine.
How to use the nasal rinser
The way I use the nasal rinser is:
Fill the nasal rinser jug 3/4 with cold water.
Pour in salt with the included spoon.
Pour to the brim with hot water from an electric kettle. Thus you get approx. 37 degrees.
Stir with the back of the spoon until all the salt is dissolved.
Go into the shower and put the horn’s spout against one nostril.
Turn your head slowly and the water will run through your nasal cavities and out of the free nostril.
When approximately half of the water is used, you put your finger on the nostril where the nasal rinse’s spout is and blow water, etc.! out of the free nostril.
After a few calm breaths, the procedure is the same on the other nostril.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the wonderful feeling of clean and free airways
Do not use lukewarm tap water, which could contain bacteria and other small insects that live in lukewarm water. That is most likely to occur in countries with primitive water distribution systems.
My preferred type of salt is sea salt. It does normally not contain an anti-caking agent, but there can be small impurities that you have to look out for.
To keep the nasal rinsing jug clean, I regularly give it a go in the microwave at 100% power with a little water in the bottom for about a minute. Be careful when you take it out, it is very hot. Let it cool and it is fresh and ready to use again.
I use the nasal rinse from Rhinohorn.dk, as the quality is top-notch. It is sold in danish pharmacies and I give it my best regards.
During this corona-pandemic the focus on hand hygiene has given rise to an increasing issue in keeping the skin on our hands healthy.
It’s a simple imbalance between the amount of handwash and the body’s ability to keep the skin healthy. This may well be the root cause of the problems we are now seeing.
The excessive hand washing removes fats that hold the individual skin cells together. The result is that the skin barrier becoming leaky and allergens can enter the body.
When you get an eczema flare-up it is the immune system reaction to allergens that create redness and itching wounds on your skin. This phenomenon is called inflammation and is the body’s protective mechanism when allergens enter the body.
Skincare and treatment
To avoid a worsening of the eczema on your hands, it is essential to rebuild the skin barrier and at the same time treat inflammation.
After each hand-wash all soap should be rinsed well off and while hands are still moist, plenty of skin cream should be applied. You need a skin cream that is made for eczema skin and can replenish the skin with the compounds that are a natural part of our skin. It should be a cream that contains the same fats the skin now lacks and has lost due to the frequent washing. These are ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. They are binding agents between the individual skin cells and create a skin that does not allow allergens to enter, but keeps in the body’s moisture.
I have sensitive skin and have for more than ten years been investigating what works in my personal skincare. Countless products have been tested, but so far the most effective skincare cream is the one from CeraVe. It contains the right combination of ceramides, lipids and fatty acids naturally used by the body in production and maintenance of healthy skin.
By using CeraVe cream or creams with similar ingredients you can help your skin to cope with the hardships it is now beeing exposed to.
Use cream in the morning after your morning-bath, after each wash and before bed. Since the cream absorbs quickly into the skin you can use it frequently, especially during the first “reconstruction phase”.
To reduce inflammation, the eczema you may have should be treated with a topical steroid cream. I would choose Locoid, which you need a prescribtion for. It is a class 2 cream and is quite effective, but the risk of side effects is very small.
It is important not to be nervous about using topical steroids. It should be remembered that skin with eczema and inflammation itself is a dangerous condition that poses a risk of worse things in the future. Therefore, it is important to treat your eczema and follow up with effective skincare.
It is only when using class 3/4 creams for a very long time in the same area that you can experience side effects in the long run.
I find the CeraVe cream to be the best moisturizing cream for skin troubled by eczema. I found it some time ago after reading interesting articles about the benefits of ceramides. These fatty compounds should be good for people with a faulty skin barrier like eczema-patients since ceramides should fill the space between skin cells and act like mortar in a brick wall. Hmm… Sounds interesting…
On Amazon I saw thousands of positive reviews of the CeraVe-cream. After reading a lot of these reviews I had to try this cream and learn what this CERAMIDE was all about.
I bought two jugs of CeraVe moisturizing cream 340 grams from lookfantastic.dk. It was reasonably priced compared to a lot of other moisturizing creams made for eczema. These often tend to be quite expensive and thereby being unattractive in the long run.
Before we go my experiences with the cream we need to learn more about the main active compound in CeraVe creams, the ceramides.
Us with atopic dermatitis has dry skin and our skin barrier is compromised because we lack fats called lipids in the top layer of the skin. Ceramides are skin-identical compounds that are a normal part of our skin. In normal skin these fatty lipids represent approximately 50 percent of the top layer. They keep the skin resistant against allergens and inhibit water from escaping the body. Normal people can produce these lipids including ceramides to keep the skin barrier tight and sturdy. Eczema patients do not produce enough to fill the spaces between the skin cells and therefore the skin barrier becomes leaky.
By applying lipids and ceramides to the skin in the form of cream you can help the skin to hold cells together by adding these essential fats to the skin barrier.
As we age the skin becomes drier as the level of lipids in the skin diminishes. For that reason the importance of adding creams containing ceramides becomes more important as time goes on.
Ceramides can is made synthetically or from natural sources, but chemically they are the same. Together with other fatty lipids like glycerin, fatty acids, and cholesterol, ceramides can work wonders for eczema skin.
This is the best cream I have ever used. The cream is silky smooth to apply and absorbs quickly into the skin. My skin is now soft, moist and feels more robust than ever before. The use of steroid creams have gone down and for now I am in a period where I do not use them anymore. If this holds up in the long run we will have to see, but for now I am very pleased.
When I shower and use mild soap and salt my skin is now still oily and feel not as exposed as before. It seems like this cream in a way fills up the skin with oils, so the barrier is intact even after the shower.
I have been using the cream daily for a week after the shower, at high noon and before bedtime. In that short amount of time I can literally say that my skin has changed.
All in all I am very impressed and my skin just loves this cream. Hopefully it will keep doing its job at keeping the steroid creams at bay.
Read more about diet, skin care and much more in my book.