It’s important for every individual to have a healthy diet, and even more so for those who are suffering from eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Other than identifying triggers, irritants and soothing his/ her skin with topical treatments, the eczema sufferer also needs to have a good eczema diet to eliminate eczema from the inside out.
Here’s a video on the importance of having the right eczema diet and how it can help to relieve your symptoms:
Here are some components of a good eczema diet:
This helps a lot in ridding yourself of eczema. The appropriate supplements for adults with eczema include:
- Glycine – an amino acid that helps to eliminate salicylates such as aspirin safely and effectively. It can be consumed daily on a long term basis but not recommended if you are on blood thinning medications such as aspirin.
- Probiotics – probiotic supplements supply a dose of friendly bacteria needed for healthy bowels. Acidophilus, found in the healthy drink Yakult is one common probiotic.
- Chlorophyll and/ or apple sider vinegar – chlorophyll, a green plant pigment available in liquid supplement has an alkalising effect when you consume it. This effect is important as people with eczema tend to have an incorrect acid and alkaline balance. An acid-alkaline imbalance in the body can also lead to inflammatory conditions.
- Biotin – a B vitamin essential for rash-free skin. A Biotin deficiency can be caused by consumption patterns such as low calorie diet, excessive alcohol intake and excessive intake of junk food.
- Drink plenty of water – 8 to 10 glasses a day.
- Consume omega-3 every day. Omega-3 is abundant in cold water fish such as sardines, trout, salmon, mackerel and herring. It is also found in lesser amounts in flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, fresh walnuts and leafy vegetables. Omega-3 is very good for the eczema diet. It converts to eicosapentaenoic acid (better known as EPA), which decreases inflammation and improves skin moisture.
- Adults with severe dry skin should also take an omega-3 supplement.
Avoid Food Additives
- MSG, which is found in flavoured noodles, fast food, sauces, chicken salted chips, flavoured crackers and traditional Chinese cooking
- Artificial colours such as red, blue, green and brown
- Natural colour (annatto yellow found in some yoghurts)
- Preservatives such as benzoates (found in soft drinks, diet drinks and juices) and anti-oxidants (found in oils, margarine, chips, fried snack food and fast food)
- Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin (found in diet and sugar free products)
Knowing the right supplements and food to consume is not enough, the ingredients chosen for preparing the meals must also be healthy. And more importantly, the meals must be consumed appropriately.
Here are 5 eczema diet rules:
1) Begin and end each day with an alkalising drink (eg. chlorophyll water).
2) Have breakfast every day.
3) Have lunch every day.
4) Have a mid-afternoon snack which helps to combat overeating at dinner time.
5) Have dinner every evening, at least two hours before bed so that you have time to digest your food.
Eat healthily and you are on your way to a good eczema diet and rash free skin.
Last Updated: 28 March 2012
1. Wendy Green. 50 things you can do today to manage eczema. 2009. UK, West Sussex: Summersdale Publishers Ltd
2. Eczema | University of Maryland Medical Center (Accessed 28 March 2012)