Today I am going to explain about Natural Tips How To Treat Eczema
Eczema, a type of dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by the hallmark symptoms of itchy, burning, dry, scaly, red and inflamed skin, especially on the arms and legs and sometimes the face and areas of the trunk. More than 30 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have eczema that’s 1 in 10 individuals.
Researchers believe that the modern lifestyle including diet and the environment in which we live may be much to blame. While we may not be able to control all factors, there are a number of natural strategies that can be part of a healthy solution! And the good news is that there are healthy and natural approaches to cool the fire of inflammation that produces eczema.
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The skin tells a story and for some individuals who are particularly prone or sensitive, even small changes can have a negative and alternately positive impact.
Here are 5 natural tips to help:
1. Cool the fire A balanced approach, inside and out. Heat, dryness, redness, and burning describe eczema and also describe another occurrence in nature: fire. And in the most fundamental way, that’s exactly what’s going on. In order to extinguish the skin’s fire, you need to cool, soothe and moisturize the skin from the inside (what and how you eat and drink) as well as the outside (what and how you treat your skin topically).
Healing the skin from the inside out is one important way to help boost the body’s internal defenses to create health on the surface. While addressing the skin from the outside topically can help soothe and minimize the severity and appearance of symptoms, by adding quality nutrition, together, they may be able to provide the best overall relief and healing.
2. It starts with water. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: water is essential. With the exception of oxygen, water is the most critical nutritional factor to our ability to survive. In fact, it plays a role in virtually every function of the body and helps with every part of the skin’s health from delivering the nutrients to keep cells regenerating and healthy to removing cellular debris and waste. Water is vital to moisture, tone, flexibility and elasticity of the skin and to keeping the skin cool. Your skin is constantly thirsty, yet often it gets low ranking relative to other important functions like the needs of your digestive system, heart, muscles and internal thermostat that maintains your core body temperature. Drink and eat plenty of water and establish a routine. Sip water throughout the day instead of gulping down large amounts at once. Sip plain or sparkling water, green tea, low-sodium vegetable juices, broths and soups. ‘Eat’ water sources by consuming vegetables and fruits, alone or in salads and meals. When it comes to eczema, keeping hydration high throughout the day can help cool the fire and heal the skin.
How To Treat Eczema
3. Fresh, whole foods consistently and regularly. A skin-friendly diet is one that’s natural, unprocessed whole nutrition and mostly plants as much as possible.
When it comes to eczema and many skin conditions, if you only treat from the top, you’re not addressing what may be at the root of the issue. If you keep feeding the fire literally eating foods that increase heat and inflammation the best you can expect from topical solutions is to potentially suppress it temporarily from outside or play damage control by keeping it contained or masked.
The Key: Anti-inflammatory foods in healthy amounts, frequently. Anti-inflammatory foods are primarily plant foods like fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and some whole grains and certain types of fish. Plant foods in particular have many protective nutrients and compounds that help protect healthy skin, regenerate and repair damaged skin, and neutralize or eliminate unstable and potentially harmful substances before they can do harm. They also provide nutrients that feed healthy skin cells and others that reduce inflammation. Foods like almonds and other nuts, avocadoes, berries, tomatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe, kiwis, dark leafy greens, and sweet potatoes have nutrients that are essential to the skin.
Particular nutrients from foods* that may help with eczema:
- Vitamin-C, in particular, plays a role in healthy skin formation and wound healing, so vitamin-C rich foods like citrus, kiwis, blueberries, broccoli and red peppers should feature prominently.
- Zinc, found in foods like oysters, lean turkey and chicken, Brazil nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, oatmeal and wheat germ, is anti-inflammatory and helps cells regenerate and heal. Low zinc status may make eczema symptoms worse.
- Omega-3 fats from wild salmon, sardines, mackerel and potentially a high-quality fish oil supplement are important. And flaxseed and walnuts offer plant-based sources of omega-3s. The same essential fats that protect a healthy heart and brain have strong anti-inflammatory action that can also help reduce inflammation and dryness on the skin. Omega-3s are essential to producing the skin’s natural, healthy oil barrier that protects from environmental stresses and also moisturizes the surface. And in the case with eczema, this may be one nutrient where a supplement may help. Several studies have shown improvements in symptoms with a safe, but higher than most can achieve from diet alone, dose of 2-5 grams. And one particular study in the British Journal of Dermatology showed fish oil consumption reduced symptoms in participants by nearly 20% compared to placebo. When choosing a quality fish oil supplement, choose a clean source without artificial ingredients, that’s third-party tested and free of heavy metals or contaminants, and from a reputable brand that sources in a sustainable way from abundant waters. And always communicate with your health care provider or Registered Dietitian to determine that supplementation is safe for you given your personal health history and any other medications.
- Magnesium is widely available in a diet rich in halibut, almonds, cashews and other nuts, spinach, soybeans, oatmeal and potatoes. While magnesium has not shown to have a direct role in helping manage eczema and improve symptoms, low magnesium may increase the body’s sensitivity to stress, and deficiency increases histamine production. A histamine response is a natural immune system response to a foreign invader like a sting, bite or internal or external contact with an allergen. It produces a swelling, heat, redness while immune cells rush in to clean up and repair any damage. In excess, however, the body will have unresolved redness, inflammation, heat that can turn to dryness, flakiness and sensitivity. Sound familiar? Though the research is not conclusive, it’s a logical and natural solution to incorporate ample food sources of magnesium in your daily meals.
*Foods are your best source of these nutrients with the exception of omega-3s (fish oils) unless specifically advised by your health care provider or Registered Dietitian. Some supplements in excess can create other imbalances, while food sources may provide the best natural effect and improvement. It’s a good idea to check with your trusted health provider about individualized recommendations around supplements.
4. Avoid (or severely limit) processed refined foods, sugar, enriched flour, baked goods, saturated and trans fats. Limit or avoid foods with artificial ingredients and preservatives including artificial sweeteners. While there isn’t direct scientific evidence that any of these cause eczema or overtly make it worse, they do contribute to increasing inflammation in the body and may actually displace other foods that offer more nutrition that your skin needs. Inflammation IS a part of eczema, so you need to look to eliminate the triggers to inflammation for your best defense. If your body is sensitive enough to reveal health challenges like inflammation and dryness on your skin, you owe it to yourself to eat as clean of a diet as possible. Plus it just makes sense. Eliminate refined, processed foods, artificial ingredients and keep a list of potential personal triggers that you discover especially set-off or aggravate symptoms.
5. Take (environmental) control to improve eczema. Your home and office space and how your treat your skin and yourself can all influence the health of your skin and in turn, the severity of symptoms. Stress and fatigue can weaken your immune system which may worsen eczema symptoms. Household chemicals, skincare and cosmetic chemicals or preservatives, and even certain fabrics may worsen symptoms. To the extent possible, turn to green cleaning supplies like Shaklee or Seventh Generation. Transition (or rid and replace if you can) to natural skin care products like ABC and cosmetics like Jane Iredale natural mineral makeup that are free of parabens, fillers or chemical preservatives. Use mild, natural cleansers and cool compresses, and warm (not hot) baths with baking soda or oatmeal. Wear cool, smooth and looser clothing like organic cotton and wickable fabrics, especially during flare-ups, to lessen irritation. Moisturize the skin and humidify the air.
While any health issue can be stressful, when it affects the skin, we tend to be especially sensitive. The really good news is that skin cells are constantly regenerating themselves, working hard to protect you, serving their time, until they slough off to make way for new healthy cells to take their places. And by taking a step-by-step holistic and natural approach, you will not only help to improve and restore healthy skin that may have been affected by eczema, but you will incidentally improve your overall health at the same time. Now that’s a skin-win!