Eczema and psoriasis linked to liver health
(NaturalHealth365) Do you want healthy, glowing skin? Start taking better care of your liver – especially if you’re dealing with eczema and psoriasis.
While most people don’t realize it, liver function has a huge impact on your skin’s health and appearance. In fact, any problem with your liver tends to make itself known in the condition of your skin.
The liver is your body’s metabolic factory. It produces the energy needed to keep thousands of different functions going in your body’s cells. The heart needs energy to keep blood pumping to the skin to send oxygen to skin cells and maintain production of collagen. Skin cells require energy so they can regenerate, repair themselves, and eliminate toxins.
When the liver isn’t doing its job, breaking down the toxins in your body efficiency, then they have to be eliminated from the body some other way. In some cases, they end up leaving the body through your skin.
Simply put, toxins in the skin build up and can cause inflammation, resulting in skin issues like eczema and psoriasis.
Fatty liver found in 33.9% of patients with atopic dermatitis
While liver problems can result in many different skin conditions, researchers have specifically linked fatty liver to atopic dermatitis (eczema). Fatty liver is a condition in which the liver accumulates fat and becomes enlarged, and while it’s often associated with heavy drinking, it can be found in children, too.
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A study on Japanese children found that initially, 17.6% of patients with atopic dermatitis had fatty liver, compared to only 3.2% of children without atopic dermatitis.
Researchers continued checking children annually, and three years later, 33.9% of patients with atopic dermatitis had fatty liver. They believe that since fatty liver in children can be a risk factor for other diseases in the future, it’s critical to take measures to prevent it.
This research also found that atopic dermatitis is associated with nutritional deficiencies, eating trans fats, and fat malabsorption – all of which have the potential to affect liver health.
Other skin conditions are linked to poor liver health
Anytime toxins build up in the skin, which results in inflammation, it can manifest in different skin conditions. Other skin conditions that could be a sign of poor liver health include:
- Any type of red, itchy rash
- Premature wrinkles and premature aging of your skin
- Deep painful rashes
- Brown liver spots
- Acne rosacea
Unfortunately, most conventional treatments for these skin problems use drugs or creams to help suppress the skin problem or the issue with the immune system. Treating these skin conditions with antihistamine drugs or strong steroid creams may suppress toxins deeper in the body, so they’re unable to escape.
A natural approach to skin conditions that address the underlying problem – the liver – is often a better method of treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin issues. Naturally, the antioxidants found in vegetables can help protect liver cells from damage while helping to detoxify the body.
In addition, omega-3 supplements and improving your elimination pathways can prove beneficial for treating many chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
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