Have you just about had enough of your eczema outbreaks? If you have only been treating your skin condition topically with over-the-counter or with prescription medications, you should know that there are other alternatives to just suffering through it. Significant improvements may be made in the severity and frequency of eczema outbreaks simply by changing the way you eat; and while everyone is different, there are foods that help eczema and foods to avoid. What it all comes down to is getting balancing your body from the inside, so that you control the eczema, and it doesn’t control you.
Those who suffer from eczema have seen marked improvements in their skin conditions by eliminating certain foods from their diets. Some foods to avoid include those with gluten, which may include wheat products, pastas, crackers, gravies, cakes, flour tortillas and bread; foods high in saturated fat, like red meat and dairy products; and refined sugars and carbohydrates, because they may interfere with the absorption of essential fatty acids, which are good for the skin.
On the other hand, increasing the intake of natural and whole foods like complex carbohydrates from whole grains (if gluten isn’t an issue), vegetables and fruit can be beneficial, as well as vegetarian sources of protein, high fiber and foods that contain essential fatty acids. Where this gets confusing, however, is that although red and dark berries are recommended for their antioxidant properties, strawberries and blackberries also may exacerbate an outbreak if too many are ingested. It’s all about balance and portions, so you need to eat your fruit in proper amounts and with other foods.
While consuming more brightly colored fruits and vegetables is an obvious benefit, it’s sometimes hard to determine what kinds of fats and proteins you actually can eat. After all, when being told to avoid your favorite cut of beef, eating tofu instead isn’t going to cut it. If you must eat beef, however, choose lean cuts from grass fed cattle. Other than that, preferred proteins to alleviate and combat eczema outbreaks include beans, lentils, fish, soy products and Greek yogurt, as well as chicken and lean pork in moderation (which means you still have to forego the bacon). Food that contain essential fatty acids sometimes overlap in the protein category, and some readily available choices include oily fish, nuts, and seeds (such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame).
The basics behind choosing what foods to eat come down to the overall balance of your body chemistry. Since we are all different, there are some of us who cannot process saturated fat as well, and who need more attention given to the foods that feed our skin. Still, sometimes eczema is even triggered due to a specific food allergy, and it may be wise to talk to a physician about getting tested for specific food allergies before changing your diet completely.
Overall, very simple changes to your diet can have a profound effect. It’s just a matter of sticking to a new diet regimen, and you may find your eczema disappears completely. If you’ve been suffering, isn’t it worth a try?
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