These natural remedies for eczema are particularly useful for troublesome, chronic eczema. Eczema occurs due to a hypersensitivity reaction in the skin, which results in patchy areas of redness, dryness and itching on the skin. The patches can manifest anywhere on the body, however, they are most often found on the face, between the knees and in the bends of the elbows. Eczema has a variety of different etiological factors. Your diet is one very important factor – a fact confirmed by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN).
Eczema And Dietary Intolerances
Eczema is now known to be a condition that mostly affects people who tend to be prone to allergies. With a lot of people who suffer from eczema, their condition is made far worse upon continual consumption of foods that their body is intolerant of. Many people have gone on to either reduce their symptoms or cure themselves of eczema by going through a period of abstinence from foods that have been shown to exacerbate the condition.
Foods To Avoid…
A process of elimination may include getting rid of from your diet, all foods that are commonly known to trigger eczema, or eliminating them one by one. The first approach though more difficult, will help you discover those trigger foods much more quickly. Common foods to eliminate include coffee, soya products, eggs, milk and wheat. After three weeks, you reintroduce one food item per day and monitor closely for a return or worsening of eczema symptoms. Should none occur, then that food is considered safe for consumption. Many eczema sufferers around the world have been completely free of symptoms after they have followed this process and eliminated only the foods that they have identified to trigger their specific case of eczema. Cow’s milk is especially bad when it comes to eczema, so be sure to keep a close eye on your eczema when you bring this back into your diet.
With Regards To How to Treat Eczema By Eating Differently
One of the reasons why eczema is becoming more and more common over time, is that we are consuming more and more meats in our diet. Studies have found that increased meat consumption results in more inflammation in the body. Meat and poultry should therefore only be consumed once or twice per week, or in some cases, not at all. Though shellfish should be avoided, fish that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids are well known to improve eczema symptoms. In fact the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that you consume fatty fish regularly if you suffer from eczema. Fish with high levels of omega 3 include trout, tuna, salmon, cod and mackerel. Generally switching to a vegetarian diet that is also free from processed carbohydrates like white rice, white flour and white pasta, will help tremendously in your efforts to take control of your eczema.
B Carotene and Vitamin A
A number of well-documented scientific studies have looked at the role of vitamin A and beta carotene in both controlling and eliminating the symptoms of eczema. They have both been shown to help people be eczema free for far longer and far more effectively than if these two nutrients were lacking in one’s diet. CSNN advises eating foods daily that are rich in these nutrients, including egg yolks, liver, carrots, squash, pumpkin, apricots, peaches, dandelion greens, spinach and kale.
Finally, fiber is important to promote regular bowel elimination. A high fiber intake helps to modulate the immune system by helping to maintain the intestinal mucosal barrier. To increase your fiber consumption, it is important to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, leaving the peel intact where possible. Peeling your apples, tangerines, grapes and potatoes may add pleasure to your diet, but it will vastly detract from the level of fiber in y our diet.