Eczema & Diet: Foods that Soothe

Itchiness, irritation, raw, flaky skin inflammation. The word eczema comes from the Greek word ekzein meaning “to boil out” and the millions of people who suffer from it will certainly agree. The patches of dry, swollen, red, flaky and inflamed skin irritation is enough to drive anyone to boiling point!  You just have to look at the pharmacy and health store shelves full of eczema medications, creams and lotions to know that it’s a wide-spread condition, too.

Eczema frequently flares up in times of stress and anxiety so there’s an emotional/mental component to consider as well. Eczema is a condition that requires a holistic approach so we need to look for solutions on a number of different levels.  It makes sense therefore, to find solutions that are uncomplicated, don’t have negative side-effects and are made up with simple, natural ingredients.

Calming Foods for Eczema

It goes without saying that diet plays an important role.  Eczema may be triggered by food sensitivities to dairy, gluten, eggs, fish, nuts and food additives.  Everyone is different; observe your body responses to these foods and try to notice which foods may be causing your eczema to suddenly worsen.

EFA’s (Essential fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential to good health. But even though your body needs these vital fats, it can’t manufacture them. Instead, there are two optimal ways of taking in these EFA’s;  absorb them through your diet and apply them topically to your skin.

EFAs) from fish oil or cold-pressed seed oils are important to include in the diet. Include anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, red pepper, ginger, cumin, fennel, rosemary and garlic.

Avoid caffeine. Soothing herbal teas such as chamomile which is naturally calming, or rooibos which is high in vitamin C as well as other minerals are far more beneficial, relaxing the tension and anxiety that is often a part of an eczema flare-up.

Another important mineral helpful for Eczema is magnesium, found in nuts and seeds, leafy greens, bananas and dried figs.  Magnesium contributes to good sleep – essential if we want to manage our stress and anxiety levels.

Of course what you put onto your skin is just as important as what you take into your body.  Applying a soothing and healing oil such as BaoCare’s Eczema SkinCare made with baobab oil, Calendula and Schisandra can be very helpful.

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