Healthy Eczema Diet
as an Effective Eczema
The correct eczema diet is a vital part of any eczema
treatment. Certain common foods such as peanuts, eggs,
milk, soy and wheat may provoke a flare-up of eczema. But it
could be any food and so it's important to identify any
culprits and to avoid them.
Whether diet plays any role in causing eczema and as a
treatment for eczema is still being debated. One recent theory
says that food intolerances, nutritional deficiencies, poor
digestion and an imbalance in the micro-flora of the intestines
are all underlying causes of eczema. It's indisputable that
many sufferers report having benefited from adopting a more
What are the best foods to include in a healthy diet? Since
poor digestive function has been put forward as a possible
cause for eczema, it's good to include foods which support the
digestive system and also foods which are generally recognised
as promoting health.
Carbohydrates are required to sustain energy and unrefined
carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, wholewheat pasta, brown
rice, bran flakes and porridge oats are also good
sources of fiber which aids the intestines in healthy
Fruits and vegetables (especially green leafy
vegetables) are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals
and antioxidants which are all vital for healthy skin and also
support a health immune system. You should include them as a
large part of a healthy diet. Ideally, you should choose
organic produce in order to avoid potentially harmful
pesticides and herbicides which could themselves be a trigger
Include good sources of protein in your diet such as meat,
fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, soy products, beans
and seeds. Protein is required to repair and maintain
tissues and also to strengthen your immune system.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been found to improve
eczema and other skin complaints. There are two types: Omega 3
and omega 6. They can't be created within the body and so must
be taken in as part of the diet. The presence of EFAs in the
body allows prostaglandins to be created which are hormone-like
substances and which regulate inflammation and maintain healthy
digestion and skin.
Oily fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and herring are
great sources of EFAs. Other good sources are sunflower seeds,
pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
The health of the digestive system depends on the right
balance of bacteria in the gut. For this reason it's good to
either include foods which contain a supply of friendly
bacteria (such as live yogurt, miso, tempeh and sauerkraut) or
to take a probiotic (a nutritional supplement which
contains friendly bacteria in concentrated form and is
available as capsules from health food shops).
The right balance of bacteria in the gut can improve
digestion, reduce allergic reactions and
benefit conditions like irritable bowel syndrome,
diarrhea, constipation and yeast infections. Several studies
have shown probiotics to be an effective treatment for atopic
dermatitis or eczema.
The level of friendly bacteria in the gut can be lowered by
the taking antibiotics, by exposure to pollution, by stress and
by poor diet.
Foods That Trigger
Regardless of the foods recommended for a healthy eczema
diet, certain foods may trigger flare-ups of eczema. These
foods vary from individual to individual. It's important to
identify them and to avoid them. Some foods which are common
triggers are wheat, eggs and dairy products.
I would advise you eczema to include a healthy eczema diet
as an integral part of your treatment plan. It's certain to
improve your general health and may help to manage your eczema