The Truth About Dieting For Eczema
Dieting cured my eczema.
Which diet? I’ll tell you so you can Google it now?
There is not a definitive answer. It’s like asking “is basketball or is soccer better?” or “is it football or is it soccer?”.
It’s an inevitable ongoing controversial question – there’s no one best diet that can cure eczema. Here’s the truth.
The New Concern About Dieting
The truth is, almost all healthy diets can cure eczema.
But what matters is, how fast the diet is going to be, because when you tell someone it can be cured, the next thing they want is speed.
So, the next question after “Which diet works?” becomes…
“Which is the fastest diet?”
Why Do Most Healthy Diets Work?
Because most healthy diets are based on the same principle of “eat healthy”.
When you eat healthy in this current society, you are stopping the intake of modern foods which are artificial, toxic and health-damaging. And you are increasing the intake of natural, organic, health-repairing and non-processed foods.
By eating healthy, you are allowing your body to repair the damages done from previous eating habits and allowing it to heal.
Most healthy diets work because they don’t continuously feed your body with damaging foods, but instead they give your body the healthiest sources of nutrients that promote recovery.
If you’re interested in how off-scale our diets today, read this. (it’s ridiculous)
Examples of “Eat Healthy” Diets
- DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) – which promotes high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and low fat dairy products and reduction in sweetened foods, red meat and fats.
- GAPS Diet (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) – promotes the rebuilding of healthy gut bacteria through the key consumption of homemade bone broths and lacto-fermented foods. Learn more: 1, 2.
- Paleo Diet (Paleolithic Diet) – focuses on eating habits of the Paleolithic era, or you could think of it as a caveman’s diet: “fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils [Wikipedia].”
- Gluten-Free Diets – does not allow the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley…etc. It is primarily used to treat people with celiac disease but many people also tend to be sensitive to gluten and result in inflammatory symptoms e.g. eczema.
- Vegan Diet – eats only plants and no animal products at all. This diet also excludes eggs and dairy products or else it becomes a vegetarian diet.
How Does Body Healing Work?
Body healing works via the time when your vital organs are not working on processing and digesting food. This is the crucial period of time where your body can repair itself of many chronic diseases caused by poor eating habits such as: asthma, psoriasis, eczema and even cancer.
Dieting is the solution to reversing the symptoms caused by your eating habits. It heals you permanently and effectively from the within, but it’s slow. Unlike conventional treatment: masking the symptoms from the outside, fast but temporary.
Healing For Acquired (Post-Birth) Cause
It is often the question “Why can other people eat exactly what I ate and face no problems?” that leaves us intrigued.
Genetic health is the answer to this unfairness. It is the answer to why my friends can eat unhealthily but their body are able to digest and detoxify unwanted substances.
They may not have obvious symptoms such as eczema show up in their early ages, but the build-up of artificial toxins will accumulate and expunge altogether at once via many possible ways: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, brain degenerative diseases and all ways worst than our early signs such as eczema.
In reality, eczema sufferers are better because we receive an early warning, although it comes at a price with early suffering. Steroetypical thinking believes that their eczema cannot be cured and most of them are stuck with it for life.
No. When we receive the early warning, we have to respond to it by fixing the damage down to our body, via dieting.
Healing For Congenital (Hereditary) Cause
Then the last doubt goes to “Why are some people born with diseases, allergies, eczema, asthma?”
Again, the simple answer is genetic health. This is determined by many factors including:
- environmental pollutants.
- during-pregnancy unhealthy eating habits.
- unlucky random improper structure of genes.
To fix the body that naturally has a problem upon birth cannot be permanent because in today’s technology, it is near impossible for a perfect gene modification. The best solution to this problem is a maximum safety diet designed for that particular body.
Why? Because genetic health can be changed through dieting and lifestyle choices.
Although acquired eczema can be treated and cured with dieting, congenital eczema at its best can be brought to near-perfection through a strict ongoing diet.
The Inuit Paradox
The Inuit are people who live in extremely northern regions of the globe and their food sources are based heavily on protein (whales (esp. bowhead whale), walrus, caribou, seal, The Narwhal, polar bears, muskoxen, birds) and fat.
In fact, 75% of their daily sources of energy come from fats. Their environmental conditions allow very scarce supplies of plants: grasses, tubers, roots, stems, berries, and seaweed.
If the so-called “healthy diet” is based on eating a balance of high vegetables and moderate amounts of carbohydrates and protein, how can the indigenous people of the arctic regions survive? (with half the rates of heart disease and cancer caused by today’s diets)
Here’s a detailed post and a magazine article on the Inuit Paradox.
I believe the answer to this anomaly is the evolutionary adaption of genetics. Through generations of reproduction, the people who live under such harsh (for us) conditions have managed to adapt to the circumstances around the place and sustain life.
Eating their “normal” high-protein high-fat diet is considered healthy. I suspect if they had suddenly switched eating habits with someone else from the current Western society, they would get sick and fall into many diseases because their genes have yet to be able to respond to our artificial foods.
What Is The Best Diet For Eczema?
Eczema is triggered by a combination of a variety of factors. There’s not a best diet for everyone because different people have different triggers for eczema, some could be genetic issues, some could be environmental, allergens…etc.
To find out which eczema diet is best for you in terms of speed and accuracy, regardless of afterbirth or congenital cause, I suggest following these criteria:
- The diet does not contain any substances you are allergic to.
- It does not have anything that you could be sensitive towards, including those that are not strong enough to show obvious effects.
- It does not have anything that hinders the repairment of your gut.
Here’s my slideshow for simplicity:
The diet will include these restrictions:
- Nothing artificial.
- No dairy products.
- No gluten.
- No excessive intake of flavourers e.g. salt, vinegar, sugar.
- No more than 20% of acidifying foods in any one day.
- No foods high in natural chemicals.
- No known allergens.
Here’s an eczema-safe food list.
While on the strict diet, make sure you keep track of foods that you could be sensitive to – this is the reason why no one diet is perfect, everyone has their own sensitivities, even to natural foods.
To keep track of food items, I suggest introducing new food choices one at a time, or else it would be unclear between multiple choices.
I highly recommend taking an allergy test.
My Typical Meal Plans
Each morning, I blend two apples (or a variant of an apple and a pear) with a banana, with a cup of water. I drink everything from the blending including all the residue because during pure juice extract cannot give you the majority of the essential nutrients, which is a waste.
I also drink 3 teaspoons of flaxseed oil on top of my juice.
For lunch, I fill a pot 33% up with water and boil veggies into it.
Vegetables (combinations/amounts vary):
- Bean sprouts
- Black fungi
Then I have a bowl of carbohydrates, either one:
- Rice noodles
- Sweet potatoes (these taste awesome)
- Brown rice, never white rice
- A mix between several gluten-free grains
Protein, either one:
- Fish (low mercury breeds)
- Minced beef
I like to chop everything to bite-sized pieces for easy chewing.
Note that the proportion of each meal should be 50% vegetables, 25% carbohydrates and 25% protein.
My dinner is often the same with my lunch but I try to switch around the vegetable list so I don’t eat the same stuff twice. This gives my body a more luxurious variety of nutrients and for better taste.
During the initial periods of my recovery, I often blended raw vegetables and drank everything, it was the most healthiest and nutritious choice, but it tasted quite off-putting, so it is ultimately your choice.
I only drank room-temperature water as a drink and for snacks I ate bananas, carrots sticks, celery sticks and sweet potatoes.
To Eczema Sufferers
Regardless of the cause of your eczema congenital or post-birth, the one simple answer towards the elimination of symptoms of eczema requires a persistent obedience to a strict diet.
I assume the whole process took over a year for my eczema (which is fast considering I had it for 10 years) to have entirely healed, including the times when my skin had only scars, I felt that the inner body still hasn’t fully repaired itself.
The absence of skin symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean the completion of healing, it just means the level of toxins in your body isn’t strong enough to expunge externally via skin passageways, you are simply in the late recovery stage.
Three more important things contribute to the overall success of healing: persistence, patience and hope. Having these traits means the second half of the battle.
So, here’s the truth about eczema and dieting.
It is definitely possible.