Eczema is a common skin condition that is both troubling and frustrating. Its infamous effects include skin irritation, oozing blisters and itchy rashes – symptoms that are painful and vexing to witness – and they refuse to go away. However, prevention is better than cure, so here are five diet tips to help keep eczema at bay.
Eat foods that contain quercetin
Quercetin is a plant-based flavonoid and it is a powerful antioxidant antihistamine. This implies that that it can reduce inflammation as well as levels of histamine in your body (histamines are chemicals your immune system makes to hustle all the allergens out of your body and skin).
Foods that contain high levels of quercetin include apples, blueberries, cherries, broccolis, spinach and kale.
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Eat foods that contain probiotics
Probiotics in food help support a strong immune system. This helps reduce flare-ups and allergic reactions. Additional tip for mommies-to-be: an infant will be less likely to develop eczema if their mother takes probiotics and avoid cow’s milk during pregnancy.
Foods that are packed with probiotics are sourdough bread, miso soup, kefir, tempeh, naturally fermented pickles and soft cheese like Gouda.
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Avoid foods high in sugar
Foods high in sugar can trigger eczema flare-ups because sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which results in inflammation. Examples include fruit juice packs, cakes, sodas and smoothies.
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The Mediterranean Diet
This diet is made up of foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats (avocadoes and olive oil), a moderate amount of dairy and little to no meat. The elimination of meat helps prevent any potential flare-ups or inflammation. It is known to have many other health benefits too, such as lowering the risk of contracting heart diseases.
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The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
This diet excludes many inflammatory-inducing foods and introduces fibre-rich foods instead. Foods like whole grains, healthy oils and fish high in omega-3 are ideal. Tomatoes, berries, and oranges are anti-inflammatory too. Processed food, refined carbohydrates, soda and red meat should be avoided.