Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that can cause mild to severe discomfort. It is easily recognized by rough, inflamed, blistered and or scaly skin. When flare ups occur, they can be painful and embarrassing. Although eczema can occur from external or internal triggers, each sufferer may experience vastly different triggers. There is no known cure for the condition, however, there are many topical treatments and medications available to offer relief. In this post we will delve into some of the natural alternatives that can contribute to healthier skin and a stronger immune system to help fight against this chronic condition.
BERRIES: Packed with a hefty dose of antioxidants, blueberries (my personal favorites), raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are a great way to help the body fight against inflammation. Foods that are rich in antioxidants “seem to have a protective effect for the skin.” Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D. They are a great source of phytonutrients and are very nutritious and delicious. They are among some of the healthiest foods in nature! So go ahead and pop a few into a smoothie, sprinkle on salads or just enjoy them by the handful. For more delicious and savory ways to add berries to your diet, check out this amazing cookbook with recipes using Alaskan wild berries.
SWEET POTATOES: Vitamin A is an essential vitamin necessary for normal cell production. It also plays an important role in the health of our skin. “A deficiency in vitamin A is known to cause skin problems.” University of Maryland Medical Center July 6, 2016 Sweet Potatoes are rich in Beta Carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. While white potatoes continue to get a ‘bad rap’, sweet potatoes could prove to be a super healthy alternative. Enjoy sweet potatoes baked, mashed or roasted with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg. Yum!
BROCCOLI: This amazing ‘superfood’ is packed with vitamins A, C, E and fiber. All of these nutrients are an essential part of the formula for healthy skin. Quercetin is naturally present in broccoli and is found in many other fruits and vegetables, as well. It is significant because it has numerous biological actions which include anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activities. All of which may help to reduce the effects of eczema.
LENTILS: This small but powerful little gem is loaded with protein and fiber. Adequate amounts of fiber helps keep everything moving along smoothly within the digestive tract. Research has also shown that fiber helps to increase the healthy gut bacteria, which helps to lower inflammation. One cup of lentils has about 15 grams of fiber! If your body is not accustomed to a high fiber diet, add it slowly to prevent discomfort from gas and bloating. If you would like to try adding lentils but don’t really know how, check out The Lentil Cookbook for some savory ideas.
MOLASSES: Healthy skin relies on vitamins and minerals to nourish it and keep it glowing. Molasses contain selenium and zinc, which have been known to promote healthy skin. This bold and sweet condiment can be drizzled on hot oatmeal with your favorite fruit and nut toppings. It can also be added to a smoothie or used the ‘old fashioned way’, on top of a stack of whole grain pancakes!
Although there is no cure for eczema, yet, the foods discussed here may offer an alternative for some relief, when consumed regularly. The good part about it is that these foods are really healthy and delicious. So go ahead, give them a try!
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The content of this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice.