The Eczema Diet
The Eczema Diet? Really?
Really! Dealing with eczema can be challenging at times, and the eczema diet can help to soothe your symptoms and prevent skin flare-ups. When choosing an eczema diet, it might be helpful to consult your health care provider for advice and thoughts on how to manage your eczema and diet.
The Eczema Diet Plan
Eating anti-inflammatory foods is essential to the eczema diet plan, and can substantially reduce symptoms and flare-ups. Below are lists of foods that can trigger eczema and foods that can help to manage your symptoms.
Top Foods That Trigger Eczema
- Sea Food
- Acidic Fruit
Recommended Foods for an Eczema Diet
- Fatty fish, like salmon and herring, that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. Some people like to take Omega 3 supplements to decrease inflammation.
- Foods that have probiotics and contain anti-inflammation benefits like yogurt and sourdough bread
- Fruits and vegetables- the best are ones that are very rich in color - and contain anti- inflammatories properties. Such fruit are apples, kale, blueberries, spinach, cherries and broccoli
- Whole grains
- Healthy fats, like olive oil
Considerations for Adults
To start on an eczema diet plan for adults, experts like Dr. Amy Myers recommend the elimination diet, which begins with removing some foods from your life all at once to see what triggers you. Examples would be things like sugar, alcohol, gluten, processed foods, dairy, eggs and so on. You can eliminate various foods from your diet and then slowly reintroduce them into your diet to see if you are sensitive to them or not.> Read Dr. Amy Myers newest book, the Autoimmune Solution Cookbook >
Dr. Myers recommends when reintroducing foods, you eat the same food three times a day for three days in order to see if you have a reaction. It is important to pinpoint exactly which foods, if any, act as a trigger for your eczema. Additionally, when starting an elimination diet, it might be useful to seek help from a dietician or nutritionist to make sure that you’re still getting the nutrients your body needs.
For babies and young children, it can be harder to know what exactly in their diet, if anything, is triggering their eczema. If your baby is still breastfeeding, it’s important to pay close attention to your own diet and see if anything you eat could be the cause of an allergy. Common allergy culprits for babies and children with eczema are things like dairy, gluten, citrus fruits and eggs.
Compliment Your Diet: Eczema Ointment
If you’re looking for a cream or ointment to work alongside your eczema diet, our Sensitive Skin All Natural Dry Relief Hydrating Stick is great to relieve eczema-prone, dry or chapped skin. The ointment comes enriched with our very own Nutri-Soothe™ Complex, and contains oatmeal, shea and cocoa butter to help moisturize and nourish your skin.