You make all sorts of lifestyle adjustments, including diets, with the course of the seasons; for those with health conditions like eczema, your diet in summer may differ from your eczema diet for the winter.
In terms of the climate, humidity drops in the cooler months, making the air much drier. You will have to begin a moisturizing regimen in the fall and continue it through the winter to avoid dryness on your skin. As a further measure, get a dehumidifier. Inside the house, keep temperatures in the room at 68 degrees F; temperatures warmer than that tend to remove moisture from skin. During this period, your eczema diet for the winter should include plenty of liquids, such as herbal teas.
The eczema diet may need some adjustments in winter, to account for the unavailability of some foods during wintertime. But having knowledge of the various foods suitable to an eczema diet will enable you to substitute another food for a regular food type which is temporarily unavailable. Some of these suitable foods are given below.
* An effective eczema diet usually has 80 per cent coming from fresh fruits, vegetables and freshly pressed juices. When possible, eat half of these in raw form. You can treat other foods as side dishes to your ‘main serving’ of fruits and vegetables at each meal.
* Lower intake of animal protein, but have some cold-water fish twice a week, such as salmon, trout, cod, herring, and mackerel for their good eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) content. EPA in the body metabolises into prostaglandin, a substance that promotes healthy skin.
* Use unprocessed grains, like brown rice, for your carbohydrate requirements. This includes looking for whole grains used in the bread or pasta that you buy. If your young child suffers from eczema, try giving flaked millet, or brown rice in a porridge.
* Genuine, cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a superior source of essential fatty acids, both omega-6 or linoleic acid and omega-3 or alpha-linolenic acid. The body converts these to EPA and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) to help your skin stay healthy. Use in dressings only; do not subject to heat.
* Consume some pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds, or walnuts daily. These foods contain zinc and vitamin B6, which are needed for essential fatty acid metabolism. These are frequently deficient or missing in eczema sufferers.
* Ensure enough intake of good quality dietary calcium from green vegetables and oily fish.
* Add pulses, like soya beans, dried peas, lentils, to your holiday soups, casseroles and salads, about 2-3 times weekly.
There should be enough food substitutes around to assure that you will continue to have a healthy eczema diet during the winter.