part one of a four-part series
Let’s face it, having eczema can suck. The itchiness, the rashes and oohh those flareups. If you're feeling self-conscious about your skin, knowing you've tried everything, hang in there.
I understand and feel your frustration. I’ve struggled with eczema too.
This is why I created this four-part blog series. Aimed to provide a little insight and some tips to improve the health of your skin so you can get some relief. Today, I’m talking about some of my top eczema friendly foods. These are foods I wish I would've known of their benefits when I was first dealing with my skin issues. Even today, these are the same foods I reach for if my skin doesn't feel quite as strong as I know it should.
These six foods address inflammation and digestive imbalance that are very often at the root cause of eczema. I’m saving the details on the root cause for part two of this series.
6 Foods to Eat If You Have Eczema
- Mucilaginous foods - chia seeds, flax seeds, okra, aloe vera, bone broth, etc. Their gel or mucous like consistency is so soothing to a hypersensitive, inflamed digestive tract. Chia and flax seeds make for a great add-in to any smoothie. A cup of bone broth with a spoonful of miso feels like the biggest hug on a cold day. It’s so nourishing and soothing.
- Fermented foods - kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, miso, etc. Their probiotic content helps re-populate your gut with lots of good bacteria. This helps bring your digestive system back into balance.
- Fibre - choose sources from as close to nature as you can get. Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, psyllium husk, legumes and grains if you can tolerate them. Fibre provides incredible support to digestive health by speeding up your transit time. This means food isn’t hanging out in your gut for long periods, putrefying. (It’s about as sexy as it sounds.) This will also help bring down inflammation.
- Cruciferous vegetables - kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, watercress, cauliflower, etc. These are so important to your overall health because of their high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants. Specifically, they support our digestive health including our liver. Our liver eliminates toxins, bringing down inflammation which helps rebalance your digestive system.
- Protein - nuts, seeds, legumes, lentils, leafy greens, quinoa, peas, etc. Again the health of our liver supports healthy digestion. How well both are functioning shows up in how healthy your skin is. Our liver has many roles including cleaning our blood, filtering out and detoxifying toxins, excess hormones, etc so they can be quickly eliminated.
The liver goes through a two phase detox process to carry out this work. Both detoxification processes rely on a variety of amino acids to do their job well. We get the essential amino acids from protein. So we need to make sure we’re eating plenty of protein every day.
- Essential fatty acids (EFAs) - salmon, walnuts, flax and chia seeds. These are great sources of Omega-3 EFAs which help bring down inflammation. These healthy fats also support our nervous system so we can manage life's daily stresses.
Above all else, remember to take this one day at a time. Believe that you will get there.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Which of these foods will you be trying to add more of into your day? Share with me in the comments below.
To healthy beautiful skin,