In severe cases, it can develop into bleeding sores that are not only painful but unsightly as well. Eczema can also affect people of any age and gender.
In fact, infants and small children are not exempted from this condition. It is estimated that this skin disease affects two to seven percent of the human population.
In addition, among the most common identified triggers include food allergies. It is for this reason that eczema patients are encouraged to undergo an allergy test and make necessary changes with their diet.
But whether or not your eczema is caused by food allergy, diet should be given important consideration as an effective form of eczema treatment. Why? With good diet, you can better fortify your immune system to promote healing from within. There is also the fact that eczema is closely linked to leaky gut and food intolerance. If the eczema is a condition that manifested during early childhood, it may be triggered by citrus, eggs, wheat or seafood.
Leaky gut is a certain condition known to develop when there is an imbalance in the gut. Technically, leaky gut refers to the state wherein the junction between the gut lining develops small gaps where the undigested food particles seep through and enter the bloodstream. Given the fact that the particles should not be there, it is therefore recognized as something foreign to the body. In response, the body's immune system starts to react through a number of inflammatory symptoms which may include fatigue, joint pain, asthma and headaches.
The gaps between the gut lining is known to be brought about by parasites, toxins€ and the overabundance of bad bacteria in the gut. Over the course of time, the buildup of chemicals, toxins, stress, heavy metals, impacted old feces, aggravated by high sugar and poor diet can feed the overgrowth of bacteria in the gut as well as damage the integrity of the mucosal lining.
Everyone has presence of bad and good bacteria in their gut. It is however important to maintain a healthy balance of about 20% bad and 80% good bacteria. Once this balance is disturbed, the overabundance of bad bacteria can produce toxins that can create the damage in the gut's lining.
Foods To Avoid
For people dealing with leaky gut and seeking eczema treatment, it is generally best to avoid the following food items:
- Dairy produce
In addition, you should avoid foods that contain additives and pesticides, preservatives and food colorings and anything that has been refined or processed, as these type of food products can trigger eczema flareups.
- Organic fruits and vegetables
- Fresh ginger
- Foods that are high in fiber such as lentils. garlic, onions, oats, bananas, artichoke and beans.
- Oily fish such as herring, salmon, sardines and tuna