My son Isaac has suffered with eczema since he was a baby. Unfortunately I didn’t know what I do now about nutrition and healthy eating, so he was raised on the standard american diet. We did eat a lot of salmon and that probably saved him from some of the processed foods we were eating at the time. Anyways, we used all kinds of steroid creams on his skin that did seem to help for sure, but as soon as we stopped using them, it came back. I would try lotions and creams that weren’t prescription but they just didn’t work that well. It didn’t help that Isaac was a picker and would just scratch until his arms bled. He has so many scars from years of suffering with eczema. I wish I would have know that it starts in the gut and we would have focused on a diet that healed the gut instead of just treating the symptoms. He now has very little eczema and hopefully we will continue to heal it as we heal his gut. It is really up to him though and his choices with food. The best diet to research is called the GAPS diet and it focuses on healing the gut micro-biom. I believe that all disease start in the gut the more I am learning. Our whole family is going on a strict GAPS diet starting April 20. We have a Disneyland trip planned in two weeks for spring break, but after that, we are all in full board. I will post and blog on what I learn and recipes that I find that my kids will hopefully love. Here is some great information by Dr. Josh Axe on the best treatments for Eczema.
Top Foods for Eczema
Essential fatty acids – Wild-caught fish and flaxseed oil can reduce eczema symptoms.
Pumpkin or chia seeds – These seeds provide zinc which is essential for wound healing and for metabolizing fatty acids.
Probiotic rich foods – Consume goat’s milk kefir and amasai. These are the highest probiotic foods and can support gut and immune health improving the cause of eczema.
High fiber foods – Constipation can lead to your body to look for other ways to expel toxins and the skin can become one of the avenues in which toxins are expelled. Aim for at least 30 grams of fiber per day from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut, and sprouted grains/legumes.
Vitamin A rich foods – Increase your intake of orange and yellow colored vegetables which are high in vitamin A, necessary for skin health.
Foods that Cause Eczema
Additives – Eliminate additives and processed foods which can make eczema worse.
Foods Intolerances – Avoid any potential allergens, some common allergen foods include: gluten, dairy, shellfish, or peanuts.
Margarine and other non-essential fats – These fats can interfere with the absorption of essential fats critical for healing.
Sugar – Increases inflammation and reduces immune function.
Fried foods – Can increase inflammation.
Top 5 Eczema Remedies and Eczema Treatments
#1 Omega-3 fats (1,000 mg daily)
These essential fats are critical for wound healing and reduce inflammation.
#2 Probiotic (25-100 billion organisms daily)
Friendly bacteria which help with gut health and immunity.
#3 Lavender essential oil
Applying a mixture of lavender oil and coconut oil is a very effective natural treatment for reducing eczema.
#4 Vitamin E (400 IU)
Promotes wound healing and helps the body better utilize fatty acids.
#5 Vitamin D3 (2000 IU – 5000 IU daily)
Has anti-microbial properties and boosts immunity.
Direct sunlight on the skin can reduce eczema by increasing production of vitamin D which improves immunity. Evening primrose oil or borage oil contains GLA which is anti-inflammatory for the skin. Take internally or apply topically.
Essential Oils for Eczema
Essential oils of lavender and geranium can soothe and help heal the red, dry skin associated with eczema. Also, oils like melaleuca and myrrh are effective at healing eczema as well.
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