Facts about Using an Eczema Diet

We are what we eat: this term is especially true when you consider the condition of eczema; diet is one way to control the occasional flare up of this skin condition.  Our skin relies on certain elements in order to be healthy and glowing in appearance.

Eczema is a term that can be applied to a wide variety of skin conditions.  The main types most people would recognize are atopic dermatitis, occupational dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, hand dermatitis and nummular dermatitis.  Of these, one type emerges as the most common:  atopic dermatitis.  Dry, irritated skin is the symptom of this disorder that evidences itself in the very young in the majority of cases.  The condition can be treated and eased, but it is one that can remain with the individual throughout their lifetime in about half of all cases. It tends to lessen in severity, however, as the person ages.  Often, atopic dermatitis is a heredity skin condition; passed through the family tree. 

Symptoms of the dermatitis are patchy rashes on the skin that may itch either periodically or continuously.  The rashes can appear anywhere on the body, although commonly they are seen on the face and scalp of babies, the hands and feet of teenagers and the backs of knees, face, chest and elbows on just about anyone.  Not only will the skin appear reddened and distressed, but may also crack.  There may be instances of watery blister like eruptions that will weep clear fluid that eventually crust over.  The skin may simply exhibit scaly, dry spots as well. 

Finding the cause for dermatitis can be tricky, as it is not yet fully understood what they may be.  Some believe that several combined factors bring on the symptoms; factors including an overactive immune system, the presence of particular genes and something called the “barrier effect”.  The barrier effect is a term to describe tiny fissures in the skin; too small to see with the naked eye, yet large enough to allow body fluids to escape and germs to enter. 

Our overall health is determined by both internal and external environments.  In our external atmosphere, there are a number of elements and substances that can offer some type of effect on our bodies.  Pollen, smog, tobacco smoke, airborne irritants and toxins are some of the examples of our surroundings that can affect our well being.  Even sunlight, breeze, rain and temperature can play roles in our health evaluations.  Internally, the foods we eat and the fluids we drink can provide the basic building block essentials the body needs to function.

Food triggers are those which cause a detrimental effect on the body, often resulting in an allergic reaction.  Since eczema can be considered a reaction of an overactive immune system, finding which food triggers outbursts of the skin rashes and avoiding them can prevent such rashes.  Certain foods carry a higher tendency to create these reactions, such as wheat, peanuts, cow’s milk, soy, eggs, shellfish and food preservatives.  After consuming the trigger food, the reaction may be immediate or may be delayed by several hours.  By identifying this trigger food and then avoiding eating it, the flare ups will be lessened greatly or in some cases even eliminated. Other tips on starting an eczema diet are to add foods high in Omega 3s and probiotics, eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, reduce the amount of red meat in the diet,  There are also some definite no-no’s to consider; decrease caffeine intake, salt intake, avoid processed foods, sodas and unhealthy snacks.  Because dry skin is often one of the signs of dehydration, being sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day will help to relieve this symptom. 

Monitoring your food and fluid choices will help you to attain healthy and glowing skin; a treat for those who suffer from eczema.   If we are what we eat, then natural and pure should be the perfect choices.




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