Diet and Your Skin
Working from the inside
As dry skin is a condition that appears on the outside of the body, it is easy to presume that treatment and maintenance should also come from the outside. In reality, attacking skin conditions from the inside is just as important with a well-balanced dry skin or eczema diet.
Sometimes, the state of our skin can be a real indicator of something going on inside our bodies; for example dehydration can lead to dry, dull skin and premature aging, lack of B vitamins in the diet can lead to red blotchy skin and pimples and a struggling gut can lead to more frequent eczema flare-ups. It is vital that we listen to our bodies when our skin is struggling and eat fresh nourishing foods that contain the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy skin balance.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Omega 3, 6 and 9 are essential fatty acids (EFAs) that humans need for good health. EFAs are not naturally produced in the human body and can only be obtained through diet or supplements. Dry skin and eczema sufferers often have a lack of EFAs in the body and therefore have a defective skin barrier. EFAs are vital for repairing, creating and maintaining the skin’s natural barrier function so should be a part of an every day eczema diet for anyone suffering with their skin.
This oil has the perfect ratio of omega 3 and 6 which matches the balance required by the human body. Just over one teaspoon a day easily provides your human daily requirement of EFAs. Use it for cooking or in salad dressings to get your daily dose.
Flax / Hemp / Chia Seeds
Easily sprinkled into cereal, cooked into flapjacks or eaten by the handful, all of these seeds are an excellent source of EFAs. Toasted seeds added to a salad or onto roasted vegetables can make a delicious meal or cooked into cakes for children.
Tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon or any other oily fish contain high levels of EFAs. Try to eat oily fish several times a week for a real boost of skin aiding nutrients.
PROCESSED FOODS & SUGAR
These are foods that have been artificially altered from their natural state with the use of synthetic chemicals. Unfortunately, these kinds of foods are often high in sugar content and contain many artificial flavours and preservatives. They also tend to be lacking in nutritional value due to the processing that they have been through.
If you are struggling with any kind of health issues, including dry or troubled skin, these kinds of foods should be avoided.
Fresh food in it’s natural state will always contain the highest levels of nutrients and will have the most benefit for your body and skin. Eating processed foods and excess sugar can also affect your gut health, which in turn can lead to the symptoms of eczema and eczema flare-ups so should be avoided or kept to an absolute minimum.
Read nutritionist Christina Robilliard’s advice for skin flare-ups.