Beauty Foods 101: 5 Best Foods for Eczema & Healthy Skin
What are beauty foods? Beauty foods honestly is just a fancy and cool phrase for foods such as fruits and vegetables that give the skin barrier its nutrients and antioxidants. We are ALL on quarantine right now, so lets get into some good habits, shall we? In this post, I will discuss 5 healthy fruits, veggies that contain proprieties that may help to decrease the flare-ups of eczema or atopic dermatitis. Getting to know your body and what foods work for you best, is the key!
Eczema or dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition. It can cause skin irritation, blisters, and rashes. FACT: I too have eczema and I've had eczema all my life. It wasn't until recently (7 years ago) when I finally found a solution for my skin inflammation. It started off with what I was eating. I switched to eating whole foods and making sure my fruit and veggie intake was high. Then I started to think if I can eat these healthy foods and they help with my skin irritation, why cant I apply on my skin as well! Ladies and gentlemen, that is how I came up with Beauty Butters LLC. Now, lets dive in to these yummy foods I love and eat almost everyday.
Eating anti-inflammatory foods can lessen or reduce eczema or dermatitis. This includes eating foods that contain fatty acids (omega-3), quercetin, and probiotics. Here are at least 5 that you should include in your healthy lifestyle:
1. Leafy vegetables i.e.spinach, kale, broccoli
2. Peppers i.e. red, green, yellow peppers
Omega 3s moisturize the skin and can fight red, dry, or itchy skin. It appears to improve skin barrier function, sealing in moisture and keeping out irritants. Quercetin is a plant-based flavonoid. It helps give many flowers, fruits, and vegetables their rich color. like apples, spinach, and berries. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and antihistamine. Histamine is involved in the inflammatory response and has a central role as a mediator of itching.
This means eating foods that contain the properties of anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine can reduce inflammation as well as levels of histamine in your body.
How can I incorporate these foods in my diet?
An easy and might I add yummy way to include foods in your everyday eating would be smoothies and creating delicious dishes. Every morning I have either a fruit and veggie juice or smoothie. I love putting spinach in my smoothies. I cant forget my turmeric and ginger tea as wellFor lunch or dinner, I love having sauteed peppers and onions as a side dish! Here are a few of dishes and smoothie combinations:
Smoothies or Juices
apple, kale, banana, berries
spinach, pineapple, banana, apple
strawberry, mango, kale
fish, sauteed onions, red & green peppers, rice
chicken, rice, spinach, corn, onions, black beans
(or no meat) Oven roasted vegetables: bell peppers, red onions, zucchini, garlic
These are just to name a few. But you can definitely switch it up and see what works best for you. Foods high in Vitamin C can help reduce inflammation and eczema flares, so eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is key. This includes:
What foods should I avoid?
Foods high in sugar may also trigger eczema flare-ups. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which can result in INFLAMMATION. Foods containing preservatives and artificial ingredients may also exacerbate symptoms. This includes foods such as margarine, processed food, canned foods, and fast food:
Please keep in mind that there isn’t a certain diet that eliminates eczema in everyone, but just know to avoid any foods that seem to make your symptoms worse. A healthy lifestyle of eating fruits, veggies, your daily intake of probiotics, and healthy fats are for sure preventive measures that we all can have a good habit of.