5 Ways To Treat Eczema With A Vegan Diet
A vegan diet can do wonders for your health. If you suffer from eczema, you may find that a change to a purely vegan diet will help clear it up. The nutrients you get from vegan foods, especially raw foods, can help to fight against the skin condition and prevent it from reoccurring.
It’s not just about switching to eating vegan foods, either. There are different ways that you can treat it, and some options can be applied topically. Here are five ways to treat your eczema with a vegan diet.
1) Cut Out Anything Non-Vegan
The first step to take is to cut out all food and drink that is non-vegan. This is more than the meat and eggs. You’ll need to cut out milk, cheese and any made from animal produce. For those worried about getting protein, lentils are an excellent source to substitute with, and they are also extremely filling. You can add them to soups, stews and homemade smoothies.
It’s also worth cutting out sweets completely. The refined sugars in these are linked to all sorts of health problems, and some of them are made from animal produce. Cakes and biscuits should be cut out completely to encourage the healing.
Now you need to replace all those non-vegan foods. Use whole grains, vegetables and fruits. There are meat substitutes that are vegan friendly, but you will need to check the packaging to make sure. Seeds, nuts and dried fruit are excellent additions, but eat them in moderation.
2) Follow High-Carb, Raw Food Diet
While cutting out everything non-vegan, you’ll need to focus on foods that will actually kill the candida in the body. This is the reason you’re suffering from eczema, so getting rid of it will get rid of the problem. Candida is a yeast that will sit in the gut. Everyone will suffer from it in small amounts, but it can prevent the gut from absorbing all the nutrients in the fruit and vegetables that you eat.
A raw food diet is certainly the way forward. Not everything you eat can be raw, but it’s worth eating as much raw fruit and vegetables as possible. High-carb options are also preferably, especially starchy carbs like potatoes, sweet potatoes and whole grain pasta or rice.
Don’t forget the leafy greens! They are full of nutrients that your body desperately needs. You can easily eat them raw through the use of green smoothies.
3) Get the Healthy Fats
Don’t forget to get some fat into your diet. This will help to fight against the Candida and will help to treat your eczema. You can get the healthy fats from avocados, coconuts and some oils, like olive oil. Some nuts will also have healthy fats in them, and are also full of fibre to help encourage healthy bowels.
Olive oil works well as a salad dressing, so you get to eat it raw. If you don’t really like the taste of that, consider coconut oil or almond oil instead. These are healthy options, and include other health benefits due to the ingredients used within them.
4) Apply Directly to the Skin
It is possible to create topical lotions to treat your eczema, and you can do that with your vegan ingredients. One of the best treatments is coconut oil, which you can apply directly to the skin without having to mix it with anything. Place it on the areas that are affected by the skin condition and allow your skin to absorb all the nutrients overnight.
Almond oil and olive oils are other options, if you don’t like the smell of coconut. You’ll also absorb some of the healthy fats, and getting them all directly into your skin will help to actively work with the dry skin condition. It will work much quicker than just following a vegan diet on its own.
It is also possible to create pastes and creams from fruits and vegetables. Consider mixing some lemon juice with your oils to benefit from the vitamins. If your skin is extra sensitive due to the eczema, you may want to use this lightly at first to see if you do come out in a reaction. Everyone is different.
Nutmeg pastes and aloe vera juice are also popular options when it comes to homemade topical treatments. Aloe vera is especially beneficial due to the vitamin E within it. You could also add some sea salt to your bath water and soak your whole body to gain some relief from the condition. The salt is purifying, but make sure you apply some oil to your skin afterwards as it will also dry the skin out!
Get rid of your store-bought moisturising creams when you make your own topical ones. The store-bought options will include chemicals that can actually make your eczema worse.
5) Have a Probiotic
Most probiotics are yoghurt or milk based, but this is not the case for all of them. Find a dairy-free option and start drinking it on a daily basis. This is beneficial because it will fight the bad yeast in the gut and only leave the good bacteria. Yes, your body still needs some bacteria in the system to help fight against infections!
If you can’t find a dairy-free probiotic in your local store, consider cultured vegetables and ingredients like sauerkraut and miso. They are full of the good bacteria that will fight off the Candida and help to promote healthy skin.
This will take time to cure. Eczema won’t go away overnight, and it can take three months to see it working. However, you will likely feel it before you see it disappearing. The condition won’t be as itchy or sore, and you may feel that the skin is a little softer than it used to be. Some people find that they still have some scabbing after six months, but it is much better than it ever was before.
A vegan diet is beneficial due to all the nutrients that you get. You also cut out the foods that are more likely to cause a Candida build-up. Just make sure you stick with it, and follow a raw food diet as much as possible.
Karen Reed is the Managing Director of the health community www.Positivehealthwellness.com Positive Health Wellness strives to give people the information they are looking for to live a healthier, happier and more positive life each and every day.