I’ve always believe that if you get the gut in order, you’re going to get a person’s skin in better shape. Now finally, science is validating this.
A very interesting study was it was conducted by the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris and the Bernard Institute in Leon. The researchers took a cohort of mice and genetically modified their DNA, so they no longer had the MAVS gene. The MAVS gene codes for an antiviral protein.
The mice without the MAVS gene experienced an alteration to their microbiota as the MAV antiviral protein no longer protected them. As a result, their skin was more vulnerable, and they developed eczema.
In this study, removing the MAV gene was also associated with a leaky gut. As the microbiota changed and viruses better able to attack, the small intestine became much more permeable. Remember, that a leaky gut allows food proteins to leak through the intestinal wall and affect the spleen and the lymph.
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Next, the researchers took the gut flora from the mice lacking MAV and put it into the normal mice. The normal mice went on to develop severe eczema and significant allergies.
The authors of the study concluded that when the gut flora is disturbed, reactions can occur throughout the body – not just in the gut. Hence, the emergence of eczema in these mice.
Another study was conducted at Otago University in New Zealand. In this case, the researchers were focused on infants. When infants received probiotics, their eczema cleared up much more rapidly than when any other treatment was used.
I’m well known in my industry for successfully treating challenging skin conditions. I’ve always started from the premise that you need to alter the diet, feed the beneficial bacteria, and get the gut in excellent health to conquer skin problems. I’ve been talking about this for 20 years.
Unfortunately, many people with eczema end up being prescribed steroid creams or pills. I think the focus should be on getting the diet in line with the needs of the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Then, the body’s health will take care of itself.