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As you may already know, most issues with eczema start not from the skin, but from the gut. Your gut health is of paramount importance and cannot be overlooked. The secret of an eczema cure is thus not about what you put on your skin, but what you put into your belly. We have some tips on what food would be most beneficial in your fight against eczema.!

Some of these foods may contain allergens that may cause your body to flare up. If it happens, remove the suspected culprit from your diet for a few days, to see if your eczema gets better.


1. Fatty fish

The high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish, such as salmon and herring, has anti-inflammatory effects. This may help reduce any symptoms of Eczema that you face.


2. Pumpkin and chia seeds

Zinc, a mineral which helps to heal wounds and metabolize fatty acids, can be found in abundance in these seeds. Also, the gel and mucous consistency helps to soothe hypersensitive, inflamed digestive tracts. The fibre it contains also helps in your digestion, so that food doesn’t stay too long in your gut, thereby preserving gut health.


3. Fruits and Vegetables

Another great source of fibre, certain fruits and vegetables contain a plant-based flavonoid called quercetin.Quercetin is responsible for many of the rich colours found in plants and flowers.

Furthermore, it acts as a powerful antioxidant and antihistamine, which helps to reduce inflammation and swelling of your skin, while reducing histamine levels to tame your allergy symptoms. Foods that contain quercetin include apples, cherries, kale and spinach.


4. Dark Chocolate

Of course, you may have heard that chocolate may worsen the symptoms of eczema. That is true, but only for processed chocolates. Dark chocolates shouldn’t bring about any flare ups or reactions.

In fact, dark chocolates bring with it many benefits for your skin and your gut health. For example, digestive gut bacteria breaks down and ferments the components in dark chocolate, turning them into anti-inflammatory compounds which can help to lesseninflammation in your system. Furthermore, when eaten with prebiotics, dark chocolate helps stimulate the growth of healthy gut bacteria that are necessary to clear your eczema.


5. Bone broths

Using grass-fed, organic beef or poultry, broths are rich in easy-to-absorb minerals, collagen, and amino acids to help repair and reduce the inflammation of the often-damaged gut.


6. Probiotic foods

Foods rich in probiotics, such as yogurt and goats’ milk, should be consumed in abundance, in order to preserve your digestive health. Furthermore, probiotic foods contain live cultures, which boosts your immune system, and in turn, helps to reduce flare-ups or allergic reactions.


7. Sacha Inchi

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Containing the highest amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in any food, the Sacha Inchi is integral to an eczema diet. Not only do the fatty acids help rejuvenate your skin and reduce any symptom of eczema you may face, Sacha Inchi also has high amounts of vitamin A & E, which are necessary for skin health. Coming in the form of nuts, powders, oils and even as tea, Sacha Inchi is easy to include in your diet.