Eczema is undoubtedly one of the most common health ailments in the U.S, affecting 31.6 million individuals or more than 10% of the American population. There are various types of this skin condition, but all of them present symptoms like itchy, dry and scary skin that is typically covered in painful lesions.
Although there are many creams on the market to treat eczema, they don’t address the root cause and provide temporary relief only. The good news is that many eczema patients have found that making certain dietary changes is the key to getting longer lasting relief. One of those patients is Hanna Sillitoe, and this is her story.
At the age of 35, Hanna had serious health problems. Her fight with eczema worsened and her knees, legs, back, stomach, and elbows were covered with red bumps. She was on so much pain that she was forced to wrap her skin in plastic prior getting dressed so that her clothes wouldn’t rub against her rashed skin.
“As well as skin problems, I suffered recurring urinary tract infections, my blood pressure was dangerously high, I was overweight and permanently exhausted.” Hanna said.
After every possible ointment and cream failed her, doctors told her that chemotherapy was her last option. However, she started reading online about the way a diet can affect eczema. With what had learned, Hanna took matters in her own hands and came up with her own diet.
“I cleared my psoriasis, eczema, and acne, and lost five stone in weight without trying.” Hanna reports,
“My recurring kidney infections disappeared, my bleeding gums healed and my energy levels bounced through the roof.”
How Diet Heals Eczema
It has been scientifically shown that eczema is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks healthy skin cells by confusing them with foreign invaders, leading to itchy and painful rashes and sores.
Even though there are various external triggers, including hot showers, stress and pollen, certain foods are undoubtedly the largest affecting factors. Inflammatory foods and common food allergens put eczema sufferers in constant state of outbreak.
What is Hanna’s Diet
Hanna` diet involves eating plenty of veggies, whole foods, homemade juices, and drinking plenty of water. It is important to mention that the diet might be different from person to person, depending on the triggers.
Foods to Avoid
An anti-eczema diet involves avoiding allergens like:
- Sugar and synthetic sugar alternatives
Note: Only because you suffer from eczema, doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut out these foods. It is recommended to experiment with an elimination diet until you find out what your triggers are.
Foods to Include
Foods that you can eat plenty of include:
- Green vegetables (kale, broccoli, cucumber, spinach, zucchini, arugula, brussel sprouts)
- Other vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, mushrooms, onions, carrots, celeriac, artichokes)
- Squashes and Sweet Potatoes (pumpkin, buttercup, butternut, acorn, sweet potato)
- Fermented foods (kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir)
- Healthy fats (avocado, olives, various nut and seed butters)
- Herbs and Spices (turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sage cayenne, cloves, and rosemary)