• Eczema and Psoriasis

    Health and Nutrition always come back to how you feel on the inside, which will reflect on the outside. Therefore, this week is all about the health of your skin. When you feel your best from the inside, it will reflect on the outside. Eating well supports you internally in terms of having a healthy digestion, immune system, a healthy heart, and it influences your entire body from the inside. But what you eat also reflects in the health of your skin. This week, I’m focusing on skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Millions of people in the world suffer from eczema and psoriasis and they often use medication, including corticosteroids or topical ointments for to reduce the itching, swelling, and redness. However, the topical creams are not a permanent solution.

    Eczema and Psoriasis cause a lot of discomfort and although there is no known official cause of either, functional medicine has evidence and there are studies that suggest that both are inflammatory conditions that are a result of food allergies and sensitivities. Both eczema and psoriasis can be brought under control through a proper and balanced nutrition plan that will reduce the inflammation.

    When you have eczema and psoriasis, consider doing an elimination diet that will allow you to figure out which foods may cause a flare up. For many people, tomatoes, aubergines, citrus fruits, seafood, dairy, and gluten are some of the potential allergens that cause flare-ups. With that said, supplementing your diet or having a diet high in antioxidants, omega 3s, zinc, vitamin B12, and selenium are all good for reducing inflammation in the body. When you have chronic inflammation that affects your skin, its important to dot your I’s and cross your Ts when it comes to nutrition and what you eat. Eating organic vs non-organic foods can also have a huge influence.

    Some other home remedies for inflammatory skin conditions include using a water softener, drinking filtered water, reducing food allergens, keeping your home free from dustmites, and using organic soaps and cleaning products. Thats right, for some people, the quality of the laundry detergent can also affect the quality of your skin. It is also best to know what your triggers are and when your skin flares up, so that you can avoid the allergens and prevent an eczema or psoriasis outbreak.

    If you have eczema or psoriasis and aren’t sure how to bring it under control, send me an email (info@illuminatedhealth.com) or give me a call (07867 383748) and we can discuss how I may be able to help you.

    Health and Happiness,

    Varsha


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