Itchy, scratchy? If you have eczema, I bet that’s how you feel! Especially in the summer, eczema really seems to come out and show off in the worst ways...and places! Take it from someone who has poplar eczema, its shown up on eyelids, lips, even my ears. Now how in the world does that happen? Well, it could be anything from the temperature and moisture of my skin to the earrings and make up I wear. Who knows, but do you know one thing I never considered? Food. Our diets can even cause eczema. Ugh, what is life?!
Well, when you know better, you do better. So aside from the things we already know cause inflammation and eczema outbreaks, lets explore our food options, shall we?
Eczema causes inflammation of the skin in the form of patches of dry, itchy, small bumps on your body. So, if it starts with inflammation...maybe if we limit foods that cause inflammation we can reduce our symptoms.
Foods to avoid:
- citrus fruits
- gluten or wheat
- spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon
- some types of nuts
Anti Inflammatory foods to try:
- Fish: Which are a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids that can fight inflammation in the body. Examples of fish high in omega-3s include salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, sardines, and herring.
- Foods high in probiotics: Bacteria that promote good gut health. Examples include yogurt with live and active cultures, miso soup, and tempeh. Other fermented foods and drinks, such as kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut, also contain probiotics.
- Foods high in inflammation-fighting flavonoids. Examples of these include colorful fruits and vegetables, such as apples, broccoli, cherries, spinach, and kale.
Keep these things in mind when creating and maintaining your health and skincare lifestyle. That’s right, lifestyle! Now that we know better, we have to do better; it's the only way to see those results you really want. You don’t want eczema on your eyelids trust me! Just in case it happens anyway though, it may be a good idea to have an Oats and Green Tea Bundle handy.