Ditch The Itch

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Millions of Americans suffer from dry, itchy skin. Did you know that what you put into and onto your body has a noticeable effect? Harsh commercial bath products and a heavily processed junk diet can take their toll, but you don't have to resign yourself to a life of clawing and scratching! Natural dry skin relief can be obtained when you follow these simple, holistic guidelines.

* Consume an anti-inflammatory gluten free diet rich in fresh, non-gmo, organic vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, free-range eggs, wild-caught small cold water fish, live fermented foods, healthy fats, and pasture raised organic meats.

* Drink plenty of filtered water and organic herbal teas to relieve dry skin from the inside out and to help flush toxins from the system.

* Take natural supplements like flax seed oil, fish or krill oil, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), zinc, vitamin e, and milk thistle.

* Use a HEPA filter on your vacuum and an air purifier inside your home or bedroom. One study found that dust mites can weaken the skin and may worsen eczema.

* Wear soft, natural, breathable fibers and wash clothes with a mild organic castile liquid soap.

* Soak in lukewarm baths (never hot) enriched with soothing bath salts, herbal bath teas and vinegars, aluminum free baking soda, or finely ground organic oats.

* Expose the affected skin daily to 10-15 minutes of direct early morning or late afternoon sunlight and plenty of fresh clean air.

* Engage in regular stress relieving activities such as yoga, meditation, nature walks, dinner with friends, or a relaxing massage.

* Avoid detergent based soaps and harmful skin care products containing harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Use natural organic bar soaps, mild liquid soaps, and organic salves and oils instead.

These are a few of my ideas. How do you combat dry skin?

NOTE: The information in this post is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any emotional, physical, or medical condition. Always consult with a qualified natural health practitioner before taking any action.

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