Lowri Hawkins – My Experience with Eczema & Diet
Diet is a very personal thing when it comes to eczema. There isn’t a one size fits all and it can be quite an overwhelming process embarking on a journey to find foods that heal and foods that hinder.
The gut-skin axis is something I’ve been learning about recently and how they are so interlinked, even if you don’t see it directly through your skin. A weak gut lining, due to irregularities in the gut’s microbiome, is often referred to as leaky gut. When gut bacteria are released into the bloodstream, it can in turn cause inflammation in the skin, which is our last elimination organ after our kidneys and liver.
For me, I’ve come to the understanding that food doesn’t directly have a huge impact on my skin’s condition. There have been times where my mum has cut things out of my diet, limited certain ingredients and tried all sorts of diets with little to no benefit.
Despite not finding that a certain ‘diet’ or clean eating helps manage my skin, I still think there’s importance in fuelling your body correctly and eating a diverse range of foods, both healthy and what we deem as unhealthy.
Here are some of the ways I make sure I’m giving my skin the goodness is needs, whilst being completely unrestrictive.
Drinking plenty of fluid is always super beneficial for keeping your skin hydrated. In the UK the NHS suggests we drink 6-8 cups a day. This doesn’t just have to come in the form of stand-alone water, squash and hot drinks are included.
Follow Diets Backed by Your Own Research
It’s so easy to get sucked into the online forums telling you about a certain way of eating for your skin with claims of a cure. Restrictive diets can be harmful long term and should be done with great consideration.
The best thing to do is identify your allergens, intolerances and see what directly impacts your skin by keeping a food/skin diary. Only change your diet to suit you and be careful with the information you find online.
Use a Greens Supplement
Each to their own with this one but having a powdered green/veg supplement to drink is a brilliant way to get a boost of fruits and veg in. Micronutrients helps us get the right vitamins and minerals, which play a huge part in our health. Certain vitamins and minerals can help relieve the severity of eczema but it’s down to the individual and there’s not enough scientific evidence to recommend a specific one.
Take a Probiotic
Research shows that a good quality probiotic can help manage eczema. Balancing the microbiomes both in the gut and on the skin can be tricky when inflammation is present in the body. It’s common for the bacteria to be abnormal in atopic eczema sufferers so probiotics can help to build up the good bacteria and bring it back to balance.
B.fresh Strawberry Shines
This strawberry based juice is my favourite from the entire B.Fresh range, not only because of its skin loving ingredients but also for its delicious, sweet flavour. It’s a good source of Vitamin A which helps rebuild and repair skin cells that are commonly broken. It also contains antioxidants and Vitamin C which both have an important role in the health of skin and its inflammatory response.
To summarise, whatever your situation is with your skin, there will be something that will bring you relief, it’s just a case of trial and error until you find something that works for you.
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