People with atopic dermatitis (commonly known as eczema) often suffer from dry, itchy and peeling skin. Though eczema causes extreme discomfort in those who suffer from it, it doesn’t have to prevent them from living a comfortable and happy life. It turns out that a mindful diet can ease or prevent inflammation. So, if you’ve been diagnosed with this inflammatory skin condition then give yourself the upper-hand with this eczema-friendly diet. Read on to learn which foods you NEED in your meal plan and which foods might be doing damage!
Eczema Friendly Diet | Foods to Eat and Avoid
What to Eat
1. Anti-inflammatory Fruits And Vegetables
Natural and raw foods like fruits and vegetables are anti-inflammatory and eczema-friendly. These foods also help reduce the body’s acidity:
2. Fatty Fish Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Choose fatty fish that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help improve skin health and prevent eczema. Get your daily dose of these healthy fats from:
- Albacore tuna
3. Probiotic-Rich Foods
Probiotics provide good bacteria along the digestive tract and help prevent the development of eczema. Probiotic-rich foods include:
- Miso soup
- Naturally fermented pickles
- Sourdough bread
- Unpasteurized sauerkraut
What to Avoid
1. Dairy Products
Intolerance to dairy products can cause acne, redness, inflammation, and soreness of the skin. Avoid foods like:
Eggs are common eczema triggers. They can also worsen most skin conditions. Allergic reactions to eggs increase the body’s histamine levels which causes skin rashes and redness.
3. Gluten or Wheat
Foods containing gluten, like wheat and grains, can cause dietary problems which can lead to a breakout. Eliminate these foods in your diet to improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
4. Junk Food and Processed Food
Drop those french fries! Processed foods and junk food contain all kinds of artificial preservatives that are bad for your health. It can weaken the stomach lining and increase the risk of eczema.
Allergic reactions to nuts can also worsen the skin condition. A study shows that children with eczema have a high risk of developing nut allergies.
Shellfish is a type of seafood that you must avoid, especially if you’re allergic to it. Allergic reactions from shellfish start with blister-like rashes which then crust over.
7. Some Fruits
Some fruits may trigger eczema because of their amines, monosodium glutamate, and salicylate content. Their acidity levels can also disrupt the body’s chemical balance. Fruits with these itch-promoting chemicals include:
8. Soy Products
Soy products are also foods most people are allergic to. Avoid eating these products because an allergic reaction can trigger or worsen eczema.
If you have eczema you should definitely avoid the following spices during the early stages of eczema:
Limiting or eliminating sugary foods from your diet has a lot of health benefits for the body. It’ll also prevent candida overgrowth which often results in eczema.
Eczema flare-ups usually happen when you eat any trigger foods. These foods release the immune system compounds that cause inflammation. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to follow this guide and stick only to foods that reduce the symptoms.
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