Eczema is an uncomfortable skin condition. It causes patches of dry skin that is itchy and uncomfortable. Most people have triggers, such as soaps and detergents that they need to avoid in order to keep the disease at bay. Not much is known about the condition, though many also believe that diet can play a role in eczema. They do know that the condition is caused by inflammation so you should avoid foods that cause inflammation.
Here are some foods to eat if you have eczema
People recommend eating foods that are known as anti-inflammatory foods. These include:
• Fish: Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which are essential in fighting inflammation in the body.
• Omega-3 fatty acids: It is recommended that you should aim for at least two hundred and fifty milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids every day. It is recommended that this is through food, though if you can’t, you should supplement your diet.
• Yogurt and other foods with probiotics: Probiotics are bacteria that is essential for good health in your digestive system. Though most people think about yogurt, you can also find probiotics in miso soup, tempeh, kefir, sauerkraut, and much more. Naturally fermented pickles and soft cheeses are also filled with probiotics.
• Fruits and vegetables high in inflammation-fighting flavonoids (Quercetin). Quercetin is an antioxidant and antihistamine, used to reduce inflammation and decrease any allergic reactions. These food include apples, blueberries, broccoli, kale, cherries, spinach, and much more.
Supplements you might want to try if you have eczema
There are some supplements that you may want to add to your diet to help with your symptoms. These include:
• Vitamins such as B6 (pyridoxine), C, D, and E
• Fish oil
• Zinc sulfate
• Oils such as sea buckthorn seed oil, hempseed oil, and sunflower oil
Here are some foods to avoid if you have eczema
Certain foods contribute to inflammation. These include:
• Citrus fruits and tomatoes
• Certain spices. The most common include vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves.
• Foods high in nickel. Dyshidrotic eczema is often exasperated by eating foods with nickel. You should try to avoid beans, chocolate, lentils, nuts, peas, shellfish, and certain seeds.
• If there is an allergy component (not food related), you may want to avoid green apples, carrots, hazelnuts, pears, and celery.
• If food allergies make your condition worse, you need to avoid the most common foods that cause allergies. These include dairy products, eggs, wheat, soy, gluten, and shellfish. Some sufferers need to avoid nuts also.
• Foods with preservatives and artificial ingredients. These foods often exacerbate symptoms so it is important to eat fresh food as often as you can. Fast food and processed food aren’t healthy for people who suffer from eczema.
• Foods high in sugar. Sugar is often bad for eczema sufferers. Your insulin will increase, which can cause more inflammation. You should avoid foods like cake, soft drinks, coffee, and even smoothies due to their sugar content.
• Any food that you have had a reaction to.Most of the time, you will notice a reaction anywhere from six to twenty-four hours after eating a particular food. If you try something new and notice a flare-up, you may need to avoid it in the future.
What is an elimination diet?
Most physicians will recommend an elimination diet to help you determine what is causing your flare-up. By adding one food at a time back into your diet (and watching for a reaction), you might be able to figure out what triggers your condition. Some do this backward by removing one food from your diet at a time until you figure out what foods trigger your skin condition.
Here are some tips to help you with your elimination diet
Unfortunately, it takes a long time to run an elimination diet. Here are some tips to make sure that your diet trial is successful:
• You need to add one food into your diet at a time.
• While doing so, you need to monitor your eczema for four to six weeks to see if you have a reaction.
• During these four to six weeks, you can’t introduce any other new food.
• If you notice that your condition worsens during that time, you should try to avoid that food in the future.
• If removing food from your diet, you should focus on one food at a time.
• You are still going to have to wait a few weeks to monitor how your skin is doing.
That being said, there are certain diets that work better for people who suffer from eczema. You might want to try the following diets:
Mediterranean diet: A Mediterranean diet is filled with fish, fruits, and vegetables. Healthy fats are used to flavor foods instead of trans fats. This diet doesn’t focus on red meat and desserts filled with sugar, making it an ideal one for people who suffer from eczema.
Anti-inflammatory diet: This diet is a fiber-rich diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It also includes healthy fats instead of trans fat. Fish is also common in an anti-inflammatory diet. Processed foods aren’t eaten in an anti-inflammatory diet.
Dyshidrotic diet: For those who suffer from eczema that worsens with the consumption of nickel and cobalt, you should avoid foods containing these elements. You will need to stay away from whole wheat and grain, rye, oat, soy, dried fruits, canned foods, and much more.
Gluten-free diet: Gluten-free diets are common for many food allergies. People who suffer from eczema may also see a difference when they cut gluten out of their diet. It is getting easier to have a gluten-free diet. You can find many products that are labeled as free from gluten, as well as many substitutes.
When you have eczema, you should do everything that you can do to keep your symptoms at bay. Food can often be a big trigger so it is important that you watch what you put into your body.
You are going to want to eat a diet that is full of anti-inflammatories, instead of sugar. Most people see a difference when they eat a simple diet filled with fish, fruits, and vegetables, instead of a processed diet filled with sugar.