Eczema Podcast

Excema Podcast | Abb Tai Interview with Gilda Rovan Holistic Nutritionist Are your drainage pathways congested? Your body’s terrain and level of toxicity impact your skin. How can we open the routes of elimination in a gentle and safe manner? How do your liver and kidneys impact your skin? Does an imbalance in bacteria, aka Dysbiosis, affect your skin? Is there a difference between Drainage and Detoxification?



30 Minute Interview with Gilda Rovan by Abby Tai 

Gilda Rovan Bio - Nutritional Preceptorship Program

Host Review of Gilda’s Interview on Eczema


“Gilda did a great job of presenting the eczema webinar. She used a well-rounded approach and provided a lot of information on how to heal eczema from the inside out – rather than just using a topical approach to healing the skin. She also explained different supplements in lots of detail and how they can help the skin heal – which is very important to support the healing process.”


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NPP TIP Blog WaterHydrating the Body and Eliminating the Toxins 

For years, health professionals have advised us to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Generally, the rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight (pounds) in ounces of water. Most of us know that we need to drink water daily but we don’t really understand all of the reasons why this is essential to our well-being.


Drinking clean, filtered water has many benefits. Some of these are maintaining energy levels, optimal brain function, prevention of kidney stones and bladder infections, proper digestion and elimination, normalizing blood pressure, supporting weight loss, lubricating joints, and improving skin tone. Of course, it is particularly necessary in order to prevent dehydration, which can be very serious, especially in babies, toddlers, and the elderly.


Our body is made up of approximately 60-70% water. Much of that water is lost throughout the day through our body’s normal activity; through perspiration, tears, breathing, and elimination and must be replenished. With only 1% dehydration, mental performance and physical coordination is impacted before any thirst is experienced. Initially, you may become tired, have difficulty focusing, or feel a headache developing. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated and may have lost 2-3% of your body’s water content.


Water is also the key ingredient for eliminating waste products that can accumulate in your body. It supports the body’s emunctories, like the liver, kidneys, and skin, in flushing out toxins. Whatever isn’t removed must be stored by the body. Think of your home. If you don’t remove the waste, but instead, throw those green plastic garbage bags into your basement, eventually the entire house will begin to have a very unpleasant odour and the toxic material will begin to affect the upper floors. The same is true of your body. Toxins will initially be stored through the body’s wisdom but will accumulate and may eventually reappear via itchy skin, rashes, odour, unpleasant symptoms, like those similar to a cold or a flu, and, eventually, disease.


So, how do you know if you are drinking enough water? Some say, if the amount being consumed is equal to the amount being expelled by the kidneys, your water consumption is perfect. This is not always your best test. Take, for instance, a plant that is badly dehydrated. When you begin to water it, the water will run through the soil quickly with much of it ending up in the planter. But, after it is properly rehydrated, the water begins to be absorbed and dispersed to the leaves, stems, and the roots where it is needed for the plant to continue to grow and flourish. The same is true for our bodies when we begin drinking water after being dehydrated. Initially, the water will just run through you resulting in many trips to the bathroom. Eventually, though, it will be absorbed and assimilated by the body and dispersed throughout each organ and cell, as required for optimal health.


Check the colour of your urine. If you are drinking enough water, it should not be a dark yellow, but, rather, pale in colour. An unpleasant odour may also be a clue that something is wrong. Gently pinch your skin and then let it go. If you are hydrated, it should quickly return to normal.


In addition to drinking water, there are many other great ways to eliminate toxins and strengthen your immune system. Try Dry Skin Brushing, Castor Oil packs, Hydrotherapy, and Deep Breathing Exercises. These, in addition to your 2 – 3 litres of good quality water (we recommend Reverse Osmosis), will improve the integrity of most of the cells in your body.


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Organic Cucumber

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NPP TIP Blog cucumbersOrganic Cucumbers, actually members of the fruit family, have a high water content (95%) and are packed with  B vitamins, vitamin A, and antioxidants. They were once thought of only as a great addition to green salads, or a side to a meal, adding variety, colour, and a light, pleasant taste. They are now seen as helping with weight loss, constipation, blood pressure, skin, eyes, and bones while, at the same time, keeping you hydrated. You will derive even more benefits if you eat the entire cucumber, including the seeds and skin, after a thorough scrub and wash.


Cucumbers are rich in carotenoids and flavonoids that have been shown to help with blood sugar regulation. These, and other phytonutrients found in cucumbers, have also been studied with respect to their ability to lower chronic inflammation, decreasing the risk of many chronic diseases. Studies have suggested that the lignins found in cucumbers may help lower cardiovascular disease and prevent cancer. An anti-inflammatory substance, “fisetin”, found in cucumbers, are thought to have “the ability to reduce the impact of age-related neurological diseases on brain function” and may also help to “maintain cognitive function in people with Alzheimer’s Disease”.  


As a beauty treatment, cucumber slices have long been applied directly to the eyes to reduce puffiness. Spas feature cucumber slices floating in elegant carafes of water to help with water retention. In a YouTube video, a fellow, named Bryan, drank organic cucumber juice, skin and all, for seven days in a row. On day 1, he found that he was experiencing a huge diuretic effect. On day 2 & 3, he was feeling very hydrated. After day 4, he felt like he could run a marathon; full of energy.  At only 16 calories per cup, enjoy a snack of fresh, crisp slices of cucumber dipped into your favourite organic hummus.


Organic Cucumber, Goat Cheese, & Black Olive Salad

Organic Cucumber Recipe

  • 2 cups organic cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup organic goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup organic kalamata black olives
  • 2-3 tbsp organic cold pressed olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. Slice the cucumbers, into rounds, skin on or off
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half
  3. Place cucumbers & tomatoes into salad bowl
  4. Combine the other ingredients and toss with the veggies
  5. Sliced red onion may be added, if desired



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