How To Plan For A Winter Eczema Diet

By: Evelyn Lim

Certian lifestyle adjustments have to made with the changing of the seasons. For those with specific health conditions, this is very true. With the winter coming, humidity drops in the cooler months. During this time of the year, the air is much drier.

As an eczema sufferer, you are likely to experience a worsening of your symptoms due to an increased dryness in your skin. It is therefore very necessary to begin a moisturising regimen in the fall and continue it throughout the winter to alleviate dryness and reduce itching. Changes need to be also made to an eczema diet plan, designed to help you intensify hydration to your skin.

You will have to make some adjustments to account for foods that are not so readily available during wintertime. A good knowledge of the various foods suitable to an eczema diet should help you making known substitutes to foods that are temporarily unavailable. Some of these suitable foods are detailed below.

1. Ensure adequate intake of good quality dietary calcium from green vegetables and oily fish.

2. An effective eczema diet usually has 80 per cent comprising of fresh fruits, vegetables and freshly pressed juices. When possible, eat half of these in raw form. You can treat other foods as side dishes to your main serving of fruits and vegetables at each meal.

3. Eat less of animal protein, but ensure that you keep to your cold-water fish twice a week, such as salmon, trout, cod, herring, and mackerel for their good eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) content. EPA in the body metabolises into prostaglandin, a substance that promotes healthy skin.

4. For carbohydrate requirements, eat unprocessed grains, like brown rice. This includes looking for whole grains used in the bread or pasta that you purchase. If your young kid suffers from eczema, try giving flaked millet, or brown rice in a porridge.

5. Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a superior source of essential fatty acids, both omega-6 or linoleic acid and omega-3 or alpha-linolenic acid. The body converts these to EPA and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) to help your skin stay healthy. You should use this oil for salad dressings only; do not subject to heat.

6. Add pulses, like soya beans, lentils,dried peas, to your holiday soups, casseroles and salads, about 2-3 times weekly.

7. Consume some pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds, or walnuts daily. These foods contain zinc and vitamin B6, which are needed for essential fatty acid metabolism. These are frequently deficient or missing in eczema sufferers.

There are enough food substitutes available for you to select from so that you can continue to have a healthy eczema diet during the winter. To beat the chill, it is good to eat more warming foods to beat the chill. Also, drink more liquids during winter to prevent dehydration. Water, herbal teas and soups should be an important feature in your eczema diet plan during winter.

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