Eczema is without a doubt one of the most common illnesses in the U.S.A that affects about 31.6 million people or more than 10% of the U.S.A population. There are several types of eczema, generally with symptoms such as dry, itchy, and scary skin that is usually covered in lesions that can be painful.
Although there are many medicinal emulsions and creams available on the market for treatment of eczema, they provide brief relief only because they do not address the actual cause of the illness. However, patients themselves have come up with some changes in their diet that do provide long term symptom relief. Here is a story of such a patient, Hanna Sillitoe.
Story of Hanna Sillitoe
Hanna Sillitoe suffered from a severe eczema symptoms when she was 35 years old. She didn’t succeed fighting eczema with commonly used pharmaceutical medicines. She felt severe pain because her stomach, legs, elbows, back, and knees were covered with red lesions. She even had to cover infected areas with a plastic bags prior dressing because she felt severe pain when her cloths were rubbing her skin.
Besides these skin problems, she suffered also from repetitive infections of urinary tract, dangerously high blood pressure, exhaustion, and being constantly overweight.
After trying every possible medicinal treatment available, doctors suggested chemotherapy as a last option. Not being willing to try it, she started searching online on the root causes of eczema and how diet can influences it. She made up her own diet, by using collected knowledge, and started with it.
The new diet helped her – eczema, psoriasis, and acne were cured, and she managed to lose weight in the process. She solved chronic kidney problems, her gums stopped bleeding, and she felt her energy was coming back.
How Does Diet Cure Eczema
Eczema, according to science, is an autoimmune disease. It happens when immune system confuses healthy cells with foreign intruders, and attacks them. It leads to dry itchy skin and painful sores and rashes.
Various external causes can provoke it, such as stress, hot showers, pollen, or some foods. Food allergens and inflammatory foods are among the most influential factors that keep it in persistent state of occurrence.
Hanna Sillitoe’s Diet
Hanna has come up with a diet that includes plenty of vegetables, homemade juices, whole foods, and drinking a lot of water. It is important to indicate that this diet may vary depending on the illness triggers.
Foods You Should Avoid
Allergens that can provoke eczema and therefore should be avoided are:
- Sugar and synthetic sugar alternatives
- Nightshades (The Solanaceae)
Important note: You should experiment by eliminating some foods while keeping the others until you find the right diet for you because different people react to different triggers. When you find out what foods trigger your symptoms, remove them from your diet.
Foods You Should Include
You should consume plenty of these foods::
- Green veggies (cucumber, kale, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, arugula, zucchini)
- Other veggies (cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic, carrots, onions, artichokes, celeriac)
- Sweet Potatoes and squashes (buttercup, sweet potato, pumpkin, acorn, butternut)
- Fermented foods (kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut)
- Healthy fats (olives, avocado, seed butters and nuts)
- Spices and herbs (ginger, turmeric, sage cayenne, cinnamon, rosemary and cloves)