The “X” Factor in Natural Eczema Treatment
Believe it or not, the skin is the largest organ in the body and makes up about 15 percent of the body’s weight. The average adult has from 12 to 20 square feet of skin surface. If we took apart the skin, we would find that it is 70 percent water, 25 percent protein and 2 percent fats. The remaining bits would include trace minerals, nucleic acids and other chemical constituents.
The skin is made up of layers which have different functions. The epidermis is the part of the skin that we see when we look at ourselves. This layer is our first line of defense against bacteria and substances that may be harmful to us, and contains an oily film called the acid mantle. For most people this acid mantle has a pH of between 4.5 to 5.5. Neutralizing these harmful contaminants is part of the body’s defense system. When the acid mantle in the outer layer of the epidermis breaks down, it can lead to acne, infection, irritation and skin conditions like eczema.
Most of us use soap and water on our skin, without realizing that this may not be beneficial to us. Soapy water is highly alkaline with a pH of about 12 and neutralizes the acid mantle on our skin, much the same way an antacid relieves heartburn. Thus the defense capabilities of the skin are compromised.
Another function of the acid mantle is to keep more of the available water in the skin. When the acid mantle is compromised. The skin loses more of its cellular water and the body enacts its water regulator, histamine, but only because the rest of the body is chronically dehydrated as well. Histamine is a neurotransmitter produced by the body in response to inner drought. The body requires clean, healthy water to maintain peak bodily functioning.
Most people think histamine causes allergies and eczema is thought to be an allergic response but it is really a histamine response.
Histamine is the boss, directing water where it is needed most and retracting it where it can be spared. Processes that are vital to survival get available water first and the body decides that it is not the skin. There are several reasons why the body may be dehydrated including poor circulation to a localized area, flues, viruses and other infections, fevers, vomiting, not enough water intake, excessive consumption of dehydrating foods and drinks including coffee and salty snacks, even medications and diet can be dehydrating. The skin can also become dehydrated from external substances applied to the skin.
Most of the water in the epidermis is located in the third or lowest layer. The cells in this layer are immature skin cells and as they mature they lose water, flatten out and start moving up to the outer layer. But if they have not had enough water to grow properly and the histamine response has been activated, eczema can result. In middle age and older people, wrinkles can result.
There is a fancy word called lichenification, which is a roughening of the skin surface where the skin becomes itchy. The histamine response creates that itching that can be quite persistent and bothersome.
Cerra alkaline, ionized water is produced by pitcher with a specialty filers that transforms the water into hexagonal, micro-clustered water that is much easier to absorb thus making it 3-6 times more hydrating than any other water. Recent research is showing that by changing the dehydrated, acidic inner terrain to alkaline by drinking alkaline, micro-clustered,anti-oxidant water the histamine response drops quickly and the skin begins to heal. Drinking at least half the body weight in ounces is a good start to rehydrating a chronically dehydrated state. By using Cerra anti-oxidant micro-clustered water one can quickly restore the body’s equilibrium reducing the histamine response and repairing the “allergic” reaction. What a relief!