Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can significantly impact one's quality of life, causing discomfort, inflammation, and irritation.
Alongside conventional treatments, there are additional measures we can take to help manage these conditions, and it all depends on what you have in the fridge. Let’s explore the role of diet in managing eczema and psoriasis, along with including some powerful herbal balms into the treatment regimen.
Food that soothes: Anti-inflammatory foods
Incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), blueberries, ginger, turmeric, green leafy vegetables. These foods have anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate symptoms.
Your natural defence: Antioxidant-rich foods
Include colourful fruits and vegetables like berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. These foods are packed with antioxidants, which help combat oxidative stress and support skin health.
From Inside, out: Gut-friendly foods
Focus on foods that promote a healthy gut microbiome, as imbalances in gut bacteria have been linked to skin conditions. Consume fermented foods like yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi, which are rich in beneficial probiotics.
Less is more: Trigger foods to reduce
Identify and eliminate foods that may trigger flare-ups. Common culprits include dairy, gluten, sugar and processed foods. Keep a food diary to track potential triggers and consult with a naturopath for personalised guidance.
Wonderful, powerful, herbal: Incorporating herbal balms
In addition to dietary changes, topical treatments can provide significant relief for eczema and psoriasis. Herbal balms, made from natural ingredients, offer soothing and moisturising benefits. Look for balms containing ingredients like calendula, aloe vera, and shea butter, known for their moisturising properties. Calendula, manuka honey and carrot seed oil are renowned for their skin-healing benefits and can promote faster recovery.
Notes from the Naturopath
Noticing what you eat as part of your treatment plan can help drastically in achieving healthier skin. Focus on those anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods, and make sure your gut is getting a prebiotic boost where you can. Couple this with a powerful herbal balm and you may experience significant improvements before you know it. Every thoughtful action is a step closer to your dream skin.