The Eczema Diet–Healing Eczema With Food

Hippocrates once declared, “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”   The foods we eat everyday maintain our health and is fundamental to healing illnesses.  Eczema in fact, is no exception.  When it comes to eczema, diet may be a determining factor of the frequency and severity of flare-ups.  The great news is modifying your diet for the better can be easily achieved by identifying/eliminating food allergies, maintaining an alkaline/acid balance, eating fresh whole foods, and limiting your consumption of processed foods.

Identifying and Eliminating Food Allergies: The Eczema and Diet Relationship

You can customize your own diet for eczema by identifying and eliminating the aggravating foods. Food allergies are known to commonly lead to eczema outbreaks, affecting roughly 1/3 of individuals with eczema.  Foods such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, and peanuts are among the most common eczema offenders , although anyone may experience adverse reactions to a variety of other foods.  Undergoing a food allergy screening is the best way of identifying food allergens.  In addition to a screening, keeping track of what you eat in a food diary may also help to pinpoint allergens..

Please note that eczema may occur due to a variety of factors, and avoiding food allergens alone may not always be enough to eliminate symptoms.

 

Maintaining An Alkaline/ Acid Balanced Diet to Cure Eczema

One alternative medicine principle argues that acid-producing food is the reason for food allergies leading to eczema. Reducing acid foods from your diet and increasing alkaline foods may lessen food allergies as well as eczema symptoms.  But what are acid and alkaline foods?

All foods are either alkaline or acid.  This refers to the “ash residue” that is left behind after the digestion process, and eating these type of foods affect the body’s natural pH.  The body in its optimal state has an internal environment is slightly alkaline–a pH just above 7.   When the internal environment is more acid, the body attempts to prevent the blood from getting acidic by neutralizing the acid with alkaline minerals.  If there isn’t enough alkaline substances in the body to neutralize the acid, the body compensates by taking alkaline minerals from the cells. The cells then become acidic, and the body becomes vulnerable to disease.

Ideally, an eczema diet treatment should consist of more alkalizing foods than acidifying foods, proportioned at 75-80% alkalizing foods and acid foods between 20-25%. Here is a chart of typical alkaline and acid forming foods found:

ALKALIZING FOODS

VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts

OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies

ACIDIFYING FOODS

FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinioa
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes

Important Note
Please note that not all acidifying foods should be eliminated from the diet. Healthy grains, legumes, good oils, and nuts all have essential nutrients needed in every diet. Eating healthy acid foods can benefit your health as long as your diet consists of mostly alkaline foods.

Other Eczema Diet Tips:

  • The quality food you eat is just as important as the type of food you eat. The more whole, raw fresh foods you can incorporate into your eczema diet plan the better.  If possible, eat fresh organic locally grown foods that are in season.
  • Eliminate or reduce your intake of pre-packaged foods.  Packaged foods are highly processed with little to no valuable nutrients, and may create toxic by-products in the body.


  • Stay away from artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), and saccharine (Sweet ‘n Low). A rtificial sweeteners are man-made chemicals that your body doesn’t recognize and can be detrimental to your overall health.  If you need a low glycemic, low calorie alternative to sugar, try using Stevia. Stevia naturally comes from the juice of the stevia plant and is 30-40 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Add essential fatty acids to your diet.   Essential fatty acids are essential for healthy skin, and are abundant in oily fish, avocados, and flaxseeds.
  • Take whole food supplements daily.  A healthy diet should include the necessary 20 or 21 minerals, 13 vitamins, 8 to 11 essential amino acids, 2 essential fatty acids to function properly. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get all the nutrients needed even with the healthiest diet. Taking a food-based supplement can help you get all of the needed nutrients.

You don’t have to restrict yourself from eating delicious foods you enjoy with an eczema diet. You can have a healthier and satisfying diet that will not only help to reverse eczema, but can also help to improve your overall health.

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