Eczema is a challenging condition that can affect all aspects of your life. While eczema can be persistent, it is possible to improve symptoms. In our experience having an eczema diet plan can help to reduce your Eczema symptoms.
What is Eczema?
Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a common inflammatory skin condition where the skin is dry, itchy and has lesions. Typically you will see raised immunoglobulin (Ig) E on blood tests and may test positive with allergy tests. There is a close association between eczema with asthma or allergic rhinitis (Pizzorno & Murray 2013).
What is the Root Cause of Eczema?
Most commonly food allergies, leaky gut, gut infections, altered essential fatty acid and prostaglandin metabolism. Also dust mites, moulds and cosmetics are considered environmental triggers for eczema. Talking to our nutritionist can help you identify the cause of your eczema in order to reduce your symptoms. It will also give you a structure in how best improve your symptoms long term. Initially an elimination diet could be beneficial and also taking some additional supplements (like fish oils, zinc or probiotics) at different stages of your plan. Every individual is different so gaining a personalised plan will maximise your results.
What Foods are Good for Curing Eczema?
Fatty fish rich in omega 3 such as salmon, mackerel and herring or plant sources like flaxseeds is a good place to start.
What Foods to Eat to Stop Itching?
Oily fish, plenty of green leafy vegetables, berries and green tea are top of the list. These are anti inflammatory and contain beneficial nutrients (omega 3, antioxidants and flavonoids) which help to nourish eczema-prone skin.
What Foods Trigger Eczema Flare Ups?
The most common are dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts and chocolate. Also lifestyle factors of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking and high levels of stress can also contribute to eczema flare up.
What Should I not Eat in Eczema?
Avoid the common allergens and avoid junk foods as they are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined starches and sugars. Also avoid refined foods like white flour, pasta and fizzy drinks. These are all pro-inflammatory foods therefore eliminating them from your diet can be beneficial.
Conventional treatment include topical corticosteroids to treat active eczema. Also systemic corticosteroids (prednisone) can be used for short durations. Antihistamines are prescribed to relieve itching symptoms. Antibiotics when clients develop a bacterial infection in the affected area. Treating the skin with steroids may alleviate symptoms temporarily but can’t be considered a cure.
What Cream is Best for Eczema?
We suggest a natural steroid free cream which helps to calm irritated and cracked skin. There are various products on the market it is always important to double check with your nutritionist the ingredients before buying to avoid putting harmful chemicals on an already irritated skin.
Eczema Diet Plan
What is the Fastest Natural Cure for Eczema?
There are studies to suggest changing your diet and taking some natural supplements to address the cause of your problem can reduce your symptoms. A recent study (Nosrati et al 2017) showed best skin improvements occurred when white flour products, gluten and nightshades were removed. Also when vegetables, organic foods and fish oils were added to 169 patient’s diets with eczema (Nosrati et al 2017). However, unsupervised dietary manipulations could potentially lead to nutrient deficiencies so it’s best to seek advice from a qualified nutritionist.
Is Eczema a Gut Issue?
If you have a food allergy (which is common in eczema) this is thought to contribute to the development of a leaky gut (increased gut permeability). Studies have shown diets that address a leaky gut can help with eczema (Pike et al 1986).
Does Turmeric Help with Eczema?
Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It has been suggested turmeric may be regarded as a natural, safe, widely available and inexpensive treatment for the management of chronic pruritus (chronic skin itching) and possibly eczema (Panahi et al 2011).
What is the Best Milk for Eczema?
Milk, cheese, eggs and red meat contain natural inflammatory arachidonic acid. Therefore try plant based alternatives like almond, coconut or hazelnut rice milks.
Is the Sun Good for Eczema?
Yes regular, safe exposure to sunlight is beneficial to increase Vitamin D levels. Studies have suggested increasing vitamin D levels can help reduce eczema symptoms (Samochocki et al 2013, Camargo et al 2014). Vitamin D deficiency is associated with childhood eczema and high total Immunoglobulin E (immune system antibodies markers) (Wang et al 2014).
Can Taking Vitamin D Help Eczema?
Yes vitamin D supplementation may help ameliorate clinical signs of the eczema and can be considered as a safe and well-tolerated form of therapy (Samochocki et al 2013).
Eczema Diet Plan
Eczema can affect all aspects of your life. Having a plan to address your diet and lifestyle could help reduce your symptoms. A naturopathic nutritionist will help you identify the root causes of your eczema so you can address them. An effective plan which takes into account your individual constitution will achieve the best results. We will give you a structured plan and advice you on how best to reduce your symptoms. It will not be a quick fix, it will be a journey and it will take time for you to see results. If you are ready to take charge of your own health. Then book a FREE 15 minute nutrition session to discuss your symptoms and have your questions answered with Wellthy Clinic.
Follow Up Session
Nutrition Plan* (Initial & Follow Up Session)
*Nutrition Plan Includes:
1 x 1 hour initial assessment (either in person or online)
1 x 30min nutritional plan explanation (either in person or online)
1 x 30 minute follow up consultation (either in person or online)
Detailed food diary and questionnaire analysis
Lifestyle assessment e.g stresses, medical history, family history
Current medication and nutrient interaction evaluation
Detailed nutritional action plan
Supplements recommendation and ordering (with discount) if applicable to your home address
Recommendations on clinical tests if applicable
Eczema Diet Plan References
Camargo et al (2014) Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation for winter-related atopic dermatitis in children Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 134 (4) pp831-835 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0091674914011142
Nostrati et al (1997) Dietary modifications in atopic dermatitis: patient-reported outcomes Journal of Dermatology Treatment https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5736303/
Panahi et al (2011) Improvement of sulphur mustard-induced chronic pruritus, quality of life and antioxidant status by curcumin: results of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial British Journal of Nutrition https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/improvement-of-sulphur-mustardinduced-chronic-pruritus-quality-of-life-and-antioxidant-status-by-curcumin-results-of-a-randomised-doubleblind-placebocontrolled-trial/67C0DC2E4FA22188D2973BCA3C0F14D1
Pike et al (1986) Increased intestinal permeability in atopic eczema Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 86:101-104. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3745938/
Pizzorno & Murray (2012) Textbook of Natural Medicine
Samochocki et al (2013) Vitamin D effects in atopic dermatitis Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 69 (2) pp238-244 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0190962213002880