Eczema also known as dermatitis and it is known to affect everyone regardless of the age and sex. Dermatitis is characterized by red, itchy patches, and oozing [1]. Diet may play a direct role or an indirect role when it comes to dermatitis. Some symptoms of eczema are caused by the kind of diet we eat. It is advisable to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to help manage and prevent inflammation. Proper specialized diet will contribute greatly to treating your disease. Eczema has no cure and eczema diet is known to help control and treat inflammation.

Eczema diet is a specialized diet that’s recommended for those people who are suffering from eczema. The diet is prescribed by your dermatologists or a nutritionist. Eczema diet is recommended according to the type of eczema each person is suffering and the cause of the inflammation. The eczema diet for a grown up is very different from the eczema diet of children, and it contains all the nutrients that promote the welfare of your body. The healthy your body is the faster the healing process of eczema.

Reasons for Eczema diets

Doctors and dermatologists recommend using eczema diet as a way of treating eczema. The primary cause of the diet is the nutrients found. The nutrients are essential because they have some elements and nutrients that will improve the texture of your skin thus aiding in healing of eczema. We all know that the skin is an organ that needs proper nourishment so that it can be able to carry out its vital function in our bodies. A well-nourished skin is healthy and moisturized, and it helps to fight eczema symptoms and other skin infections.

Diet change

The doctor can order overall diet change, from what you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The doctor also recommended different kind of snacks from what you eat. Most of the diet will have increased nutrients that help your skin look nourished. It is important for those suffering eczema to avoid foods that have histamine since they are known to cause allergic reaction and inflammation.

Eczema Breakfast diet

Breakfast is a mandatory meal. Your morning meal will contribute significantly to building stronger and nourished skin cells [2].

Oolong Tea

A cup of Oolong tea is recommended for those who have eczema. Drinking three cups of the oolong tea is known to relieve itching. Oolong tea is a grown and then processed in Taiwan and China. The tea is available in most food stores all over the world. It is known to have strong antioxidant that helps the skin. It is proved that taking 3 cups of the tea daily and continuous for a week will have great benefits for your skin. The compounds found in oolong tea help to remove harmful toxins from your skin that are causing drying and cracking of the skin. The oolong tea reduces the risk that is associated with allergic skin reactions that are caused by eczema.

Fruits

According to doctors, not all fruits are advisable for those who are suffering from eczema. Starting your day with fruits is an effective way to of producing body energy. Fruits are useful for elimination and maintenances of your body organs including the skin. You can either take your fruits raw, fruit juice or even fruit punch. Eating some fresh fruits like the bananas, plums, pears, oranges, and berries, to be very effective for those who are suffering from eczema. Let us explore the benefit of each fruit as an eczema diet.

Bananas

Bananas are recommended by most doctors. They are known to have nutrients that help in lowering histamine. For those suffering from eczema, they have a high level of histamine thus banana will be useful in reducing the degree of the histamine in your body. Bananas also have magnesium, potassium and vitamin c that are essential for the skin.

Apples

Eating an apple daily will help to keep the eczema flare-up at bay. Apples are known to contain quercetin that is a bioflavonoid, and it has anti- histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-antioxidants properties.

Oranges and Pears

Oranges and Pears contain antioxidants, and they are less allergic. They contain essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium. The fruits are known to have low histamine concentration.

Plums and berries

Plums and berries are a real source of antihistamines and anti-inflammatory. They are good fruits to be eaten in the morning for breakfast as well as snacks.

These fruits when eaten during breakfast they release their glucose into your blood in a slow way thus keeping your skin moisturized and healthy the whole day.

Fruit punch

For those who love taking fruit punch it is advisable to mix the above fruits. You can combine two, three or more fruits and then add grounded golden flax seed [3]. You can also add few supplements like the blue, green algae, organic unheated coconut oil, and green drink mix. The combination is good for reducing the itching and scratching and the allergic reaction of eczema.

Probiotic

Probiotic, when taken for breakfast is also highly effective. They help decreases eczema inflammation and produce white blood cells and antibodies that are necessary for your skin.

Eczema Lunch diet

The eczema diet should be followed strictly and faithfully. For their lunch diet, they are advised to cook their food with ghee or unheated coconut oil. For cold food like the salad, extra virgin oil is recommended. Your vegetables should be steamed or eaten raw. For those who love meat, it is important they avoid red meat and stick to white meat. Fishes, trout, and salmon are the most advised eczema diet. Brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, boiled eggs, soft raw goat cheese and steamed green beans. The above food plays a significant role in the eczema diet. Here are the benefits of each kind of food:

Fishes, trout, and salmon

They are the source of omega 3.They give your body the ability to grow new skin, and they are good anti-inflammatory.

Potatoes

The potatoes are rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin c, and it is alkalizing. Potatoes are known to be good anti-inflammatory and help to reduce eczema symptoms.

Beans

Beans are known to be high alkalizing type of food. And they do not cause an allergic reaction that is associated with eczema.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes do not cause an allergic reaction that is known to be the cause of eczema. They contain antioxidant properties, and they are also rich in beta-carotene that is right nutrients for your skin.

Boiled eggs

The boiled eggs have high protein value that makes your skin smooth. It is suitable for eczema diet since it will help in the healing process of your cracked skin by making it smooth. The choline found in eggs helps your skin maintain a proper level of vitamin B. Your Skin needs vitamin B to produce energy and also manufacture elastin and collagen thus making your skin smooth and firm. The Lutein contains carotenoid antioxidant that helps prevent radical damage to your skin cells and preserve skin’s elasticity.

Raw goat cheese

The goat cheese is easy to digest since it contains smaller fat globules than the cow cheese. It is high in vitamin B riboflavin that is good for your skin.

Oils

Coconut oil, ghee, and extra virgin oil promote nutrients absorption that are essential for your skin healing.

Vegetables

Raw vegetables or steamed ones are the best when it comes to eczema diets. Vegetables are a potent source of antioxidants that help your body to fight naturally against infection that may be caused by eczema. Vegetables are rich in vitamin C that serves as antihistamine and also reduce eczema symptoms.

You can combine one of the above meals as your lunch diet. Some people are known to combine steamed green beans with sweet potatoes and vegetable salad that is a well-balanced eczema diet. All the above food should be mixed with vegetables.

Dinner Eczema diet

Most doctors advise drinking a glass of vegetable juice at night. The vegetable juice is a potent healing diet [4]. It is advisable to avoid heavy meals for your dinner since it is hard to digest thus delaying in producing the necessary nutrients that are used to build your skin cells. The most recommended types of vegetable juices are:

The celery

The recommended celery per day is two stalks. The celery is known to give your body a natural direct effect. It aids your body to remove carbon dioxide. Celery also neutralizes the acidic food in your body.

Parsley

The recommended parsley for your dinner is half a bunch. Parsley has high in nutrients, and it is an excellent cleanser of the skin and other bodily functions.

Carrots

Two medium sized carrots are recommended for your dinner eczema diet. The top part of the carrot is known to have pyhtochemicals that are good for your skin.

Cilantro

Cilantro is best when it comes to removing of lead, mercury and cadmium from your skin and body. Use one forth of cilantro for your vegetable juice.

Cucumber

Cucumber helps to remove excess fluid from your body, and it promote urination. It is an excellent blood cleanser and the recommend amount for your night eczema diet is half of the cucumber.

Kale

Kale has a very high level of nutrients; it contains calcium contents that are suitable for your skin.

You can add an apple to sweeten to your vegetable juice. Add some cabbage, zucchini, bell pepper and bok Choy in small quantity they are essential for your skin and good for reducing eczema symptoms. After drinking the above vegetable juice and you still feel hungry, you can eat some seeds when they are raw. Pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, soaked almonds and pumpkin seeds are known to be high in proteins.

Snacks

When you have eczema, it is important you change the type of snacks that you take. The following snacks are good for eczema diet.

Dehydrating fruits

  1. The fresh cut vegetables like the carrots and the cucumber.
  2. Unsalted seed or nuts.

The timing of Eating

We know timing is everything even when it comes to the eczema diet timing is important. Your eating should always be in compliance with your body metabolic cycle. The following timing of eating is recommended for sufficient enzyme diet.

Elimination and maintenance period

The elimination period in our bodies starts from 4 am to noon. The skin cells are dumping the waste products at the same time manufacturing and repairing your skin. It is important to choose food that helps in a continuous process of eliminating and maintaining your skin. The process will keep your skin healthy and moisturized at all times, thus reducing symptoms of eczema and healing your skin

Digestive period

After the elimination and maintenance period of your body, we come to digestive time that start from around noon to 8pm.The metabolism is geared toward digesting what you have consumed between the two periods. It is important to eat heavy food during this time, and that is why the eczema diet is made of the heavy diet during lunch. The main reason is your digestion uses lots of energies.

Assimilation period

These are the time where your body is mobilizing nutrients and directing them to building and repairing your skin cells. Eating of your eczema diet in the above metabolic system will lead to more efficient digestion, assimilation, and cleansing of your skin cells and other body cells thus leading to proper healing of eczema.

Benefits of Eczema diets

  1. The eczema diet is known to prevent a flare-up of the eczema symptoms.
  2. The diet is used to repair and to build our skin tissues
  3. The Diet helps to keep you healthy thus aiding in the faster process of healing
  4. The diet has antihistamines components thus preventing allergies that are known to cause eczema.

Eczema diet helps boost your immune system thus prevent allergens that may increase enzyme symptoms [5]. For the eczema diet to work effectively, it should be followed to the letter.

 

References


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