Eczema is a skin disease that cause the skin inflammation or irritation. In the United Kingdom, one in five children and one in twelve adults have eczema. It affects about 10 to 20 percent of infants and about three percent of adults and children in the United States.
Shann Nix Jones is the author of the book. Jones said one of the best remedies for skin conditions is kefir made from goat's milk. Kefir is a type of fermented milk with a tart, fizzy taste similar to yogurt. It is made with kefir grains, live bacteria that work as a starter culture, fermented in either water or any type of milk over 24 to 36 hours. It is considered as a probiotic powerhouse that aids digestion and boosts immune system.
Jones said that science is showing that the effects of kefir are profound and can halt eczema and a whole host of other auto-immune diseases.
“Eczema is not a skin condition, it's a gut disorder and autoimmune disorder,” Jones said to Chalmers in a phone conversation.
She added that the problems in the gut are mapped onto the skin, so creams alone will never work because the gut needs to be healed first. The gut is an internal ecosystem called the microbiome, which consists of two kilograms of bacteria and species living in a complex web. The skin also has a collection of trillions of bug on top of it known as the skin biome. When the body's ecosystem and immune system fall out of balance of the good and bad bugs in the gut, problems begin to appear on the skin including eczema.
Chalmers followed the seven steps listed in the book every day for nine weeks.
Apparently, Chalmers did not stick long enough to the routine and did not completely heal her eczema, but there were improvements in some areas.
“The kefir does not fail, but you need to drill down and be very strict. People have different levels of dysbiosis — damage to the microbiome...it's not a straightforward journey and natural healing takes time, unlike popping a pill or using a cream to cover the symptoms,” Jones explained.
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