It seems that eczema, asthma and allergies in general are on the increase.
The truth is, nobody is really saying whether this is due to environmental factors or what could be causing this problem.
People are certainly eating more processed foods overall, as we all seem to be becoming busier. It is all too easy and much quicker too to open a packet and put in the microwave, rather than preparing fresh food and cooking it the old fashioned way.
Convenience food is also cheaper than wholesome produce, but it looks like we could end up paying a much higher price in the end – our health.
The use of harsh chemicals in cosmetics, washing powders, too many pesticides and other chemicals in farming could also be playing a role.
As much as it is impossible to avoid all those things completely, it is relatively easy to make some simple changes.
Go back to basics with your food – plenty of fruit and vegetables, fresh, if possible, start cooking your meals from scratch, use organic produce if you at all can.
Which Nutrients May Help Eczema
One of the reasons your eczema may not be healing, could be nutritional deficiencies.
If your body’s immune system is weakened, it will struggle to fight any disease including eczema.
Some of the following nutrients may help to keep your eczema under control:
Vitamin A – boosts immune system and helps to regulate the fast growth of cells found in eczema. It is found in liver, carrots and dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach.
Vitamin C – is a powerful antioxidant, helps to fight free radicals and strengthens the skin. It is found in bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, citrus fruits and strawberries.
Vitamin E – improves skin healing. It is found sunflower seeds, almonds and dried apricots.
Vitamin B3 (Niancin) – crucial for skin health. It is found in marmite, brown rice, fish and chicken.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – defficiency leads to skin inflammation. It is found in brown rice, pistachio nuts and raw garlic.
GLA ( Gamma Linolenic Acid) – Omega 6 Fatty Acid – helps to keep inflammation under control. It is found in starflower oil and evening primrose oil.
Omega 3 Fatty Acid – has anti-inflammatory properties. It is found in fish oil.
Zinc – helps to keep a healthy immune system and is vital to skin health. It is found in oysters, sesame seeds, beef and lamb.
Try to include the above things in your diet regularly and you should start seeing a difference in your skin.
Please note that the list is not exhaustive and that it is also possible to overdose on some nutrients, so always check with a health professional regarding a safe dose.
Get unperfumed cosmetics, stop using anything unnecessary like highly scented creams and soaps. Get some plain cheap washing powder and stop using fabric conditioner altogether, it has been known to agravate eczema.
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Make these few simple changes and you should soon start seeing a difference in your eczema as well as your overall health.