Eczema frequently flares up in times of stress and anxiety so there’s an emotional/mental component to consider as well. It’s a condition that requires a holistic approach including diet.
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.
There’s another pleasurable way to to absorb Magnesium Sulfate through the skin – take an Epsom Salt bath! Magnesium has potent anti-inflammatory properties which makes it very helpful in reducing inflamed eczema lesions as well as relieving itching.
By drawing moisture from eczema-causing bacteria and fungi on the skin, Epsom salt can reduce eczema symptoms by preventing the overgrowth of these pathogens. Therefore, its indirect antimicrobial effect can help heal your eczema.
Epsom salts is also an excellent exfoliant and cleanser. It helps remove dead skin cells and prevent them from clogging the pores of the skin. This cleansing action keeps the skin aerated and removes debris and toxins from the skin, all of which is beneficial to reducing Eczema.
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