Food to help support symtoms of eczema
As it’s an inflammatory condition look at an anti-inflammatory diet in the first instance. It's important to avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars and foods that cause discomfort like the ones below. Another good tip is to make sure that you are using the right supplements. Here's how:
What You'll Need
- All these anti inflammatory foods!
- Food intolerance testing might also be recommended as eczema can be linked.
What You'll Do
- Reduce meat and dairy products. Reduce the intake of animal protein from red meat such as beef, pork, lamb because this is attached to high levels saturated fat. Increase vegetarian sources of protein. This includes beans, lentils, pulses, soy products, nuts.
- Dairy is often a problem especially in babies and children.
- Increase the intake of essential fatty acids from oily fish (mackerel, salmon, trout), nuts and seeds (almonds, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower).
- Use linseeds (flaxseed) or its oils. Good levels of omega 3 and also fibre.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars, confectionery etc. Increase the intake of complex carbohydrates from whole grains. Increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables for their antioxidant content (particularly yellow and green vegetables, and red and dark berries).
- Reduce the intake of stimulating drinks such as tea and coffee as these affect the adrenal glands and encourage the stress response, which can be a contributory factor.
- A cream to stop the itching. Chamomile, Aloe Vera or Calendula can be soothing as long as not allergic to them.
- Nutrients to heal the skin. Vitamin C in citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, sprouted seeds, black currants, tomatoes and peppers and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E in wheat germ oil, nuts and seeds, fish, eggs, avocados, green vegetables. Zinc in oysters, fish, liver, brewers yeast, eggs, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms. Quercetin in onions, shallots, celery, red apples and red grapes is a good anti-histamine.
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