Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that causes a person to develop dry, itchy skin on their body. As it is related to inflammation, some particularly inflammatory foods can exacerbate the symptoms, and similarly, anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce the severity of the symptoms. When beginning the campaign against your eczema aggravators, it can be hugely valuable to evaluate your diet, as well as creating an individualised skincare routine.
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What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural bodily response triggered by signals from the immune system for white blood cells to flood a specific area of the body. It is generally triggered by infection or injury. Some predisposed immune disorders or allergies can be triggered and aggravated by the consumption of certain foods.
What food should I avoid?
In the event that your eczema is caused by an undiagnosed food allergy or sensitivity, it could be worthwhile visiting your general practitioner for an allergy test. Some common food allergies include:
- dairy products – try almond, oat or coconut milk instead;
- eggs – swap egg protein for chia seeds, lentils and spinach;
- wheat based foods – try integrating quinoa into your diet;
- soy; and
Some eczema-triggering food groups to be aware of, are those which contain preservatives, artificial ingredients and high levels of trans fats and sugars. These include:
- refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries;
- processed food especially processed meats;
- fast food;
- cakes; and
- soft drinks and other sugar sweetened beverages.
What food should I consume more of?
It might seem like all your food options have been ruled out with the anti-inflammatory diet, but there are many great and delicious options still available to you. These foods include:
- healthy fats like olive oil and avocado;
- whole grains;
- green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards;
- nuts like almonds and walnuts;
- fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines; and
- fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.
The effect of consuming probiotics to minimise eczema symptoms is also gaining traction in the medial world. Probiotic rich foods help to balance the gut bacteria, of which an imbalance in is often a cause of skin conditions. That includes such foods as:
- tempeh; and
If, with the elimination diet, you have noticed an improvement in your eczema symptoms, you may want to experiment with reintroducing certain foods. If you have successfully reintroduced one food group with no adverse reaction, try the next one on your list. Theoretically, you should be able to isolate the food group, if any, that may be aggravating your eczema symptoms.
What else can I do?
While you are investigating the cause of the autoimmune bodily response, you can also work to relieve the symptoms. Goat Milk Soap is great at soothing, lightly exfoliating dead or irritated skin, hydrating skin and locking in that newfound moisture. It also provides a whole host of various vitamins and minerals to help calm and nourish skin.
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Has eliminating or introducing certain food groups alleviated your eczema symptoms? Let us know in the comments!
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