Nutrition and Eczema

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Over 80 percent of eczema sufferers have higher than normal antibodies in their system. Many sufferers also experience symptoms of allergic rhinitis, hayfever, asthma and food allergies.

Eating certain foods doesn’t appear to cause eczema but has been shown to trigger a flare-up if you already have the condition. The most common sources of food allergies associated with triggering eczema are cow’s milk, eggs,

peanuts, fish, soy, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish.

Foods containing preservatives and artificial ingredients may also exacerbate symptoms. This includes foods high in trans fats, such as margarine, processed food, and fast food.

Foods high in sugar may also trigger eczema flare-ups. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which can result in systemic inflammation.

Try an elimination diet.

An elimination diet, cutting out these foods one at a time, can be a good way to identify if they are contributing to your eczema.

You can also try a rotation diet, where you only eat some of these highlighted foods once every four days. This is sometimes useful in improving symptoms.

Take probiotics for healthy digestion.

Improving Gut health can have a positive effect on eczema sufferers by supporting the immune system. Promoting a diverse range of bacteria in the gut has been shown to help reduce symptoms in eczema sufferers. Consuming foods that contain Probiotics or taking

probiotic supplements are one of the best ways to diversify your gut microbiome.

Foods that contain probiotics:

Kombucha - Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink commonly consumed for its supposed health benefits.

Misos - a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt.

Sauerkraut - Sauerkraut is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria.

Tempeh - tempeh is made from cooked soya beans that are then fermented in sliceable

Try and incorporate some of these into your diet!

Follow an anti-inflammatory diet.

Inflammation is a key component in the development of eczema, so following an anti-inflammatory diet can be beneficial.

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