One of the most common skin conditions that millions of Americans suffer (1 in 10) from eczema. Otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, eczema has no real cure despite a lot of research being done on the condition.
By changing her diet, one woman was able to battle this condition and its severity.
A 28-year-old woman from the UK called Victoria Jinks had been suffering from severe eczema since she was born. She tons of topical treatment products such as creams and ointments which made the condition even worse.
Her skin condition was so bad that she had to cover herself up with long sleeves even during summers. She even missed days from work because the skin will become very itchy and start to bleed.
Eventually, she decided to stop using topical treatments and fixed her diet. In 2017, Victoria decided to exclude meat from her diet and after some time, she went full vegan. Cutting off meat, dairy, and other animal products cleared up her skin after two months. This was the first time her skin looked so good.
Victoria claims that going vegan is not the solution for everyone and it’s not a real cure for eczema. However, it did help her immeasurably and encourages others that suffer from this condition to try it.
Cure for Eczema and Allergies?
There isn’t any conclusive evidence that proves plant-based diets can cure eczema and allergies. However, there are a few studies that claim the effectiveness of it for treating skin conditions.
There is proof that certain food can trigger eczema because of the allergies which make allergies correlated to eczema. About 30% of people with the condition have allergies to certain types of food. The most common food allergies that are associated with eczema are allergies to soy products, cow’s milk, eggs, gluten, fish, shellfish, and nuts. Even though eating these foods doesn’t cause eczema, it can flare up the condition if you already have it. It’s important to note that these are just a few of the foods that people can react to. Other people may react to different types of food so cutting it off from the diet can be very beneficial.
The Right Diet for Eczema
Just like some foods trigger eczema and worsen it, some foods help ease the symptoms. Anti-inflammatory diets are the perfect way to manage eczema. Here are some instructions on what to eat and what to stay away from if you have eczema. Most of the food that’s meant to eat is anti-inflammatory and contains lots of antioxidants.
Foods to eat:
- Omega-3 fats – salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseed, leafy green vegetables
- Monounsaturated fats – olive oil, avocado
- Carbohydrates from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
- Coffee and green tea in moderation
- Turmeric and ginger
Foods to stay away from:
- Trans fats – hydrogenated oils, margarine, processed food, fried food
- Saturated fats – red meats, full-fat dairy, food from animal sources
- High amounts of omega-6 – vegetable oils from safflower, corn, cottonseed oil
- Carbohydrates from processed foods and food filled with sugar
There are also many supplements you should take if you have eczema such as Vitamin D (people that skin worsens during winter and deficiencies), Vitamin E (reduces levels of IgE antibodies), and Omega-3 Oils (if you dislike fish).
Many people across the world decide to turn their diet around and go vegan. Veganism is a diet that consists only of plant-based foods. The person that wants to follow a vegan diet doesn’t eat any kind of animal product. Around 6% of Americans identified themselves as vegan since 2017 whereas, in 2019, about 25% of 25-34-year-olds are either vegan or vegetarian. The main difference between vegetarians and vegans is that vegans exclude all animal products while vegetarians don’t eat meat.
For some people, it’s hard to completely remove animal products from their diet but the benefits are extraordinary. Vegan diets can help with many health benefits such as:
- Losing weight
- Reducing the risk of heart diseases by lowering the intake of cholesterol
- Lowering the risk of colon cancer development as well as other types of cancer
- Managing diabetes by lowering the levels of A1C
Other than the health benefits, veganism also supports the welfare of animals which is the reason why so many people turn vegan.