It is evident that right nutrition is important for beautiful, healthy skin. The skin also plays a major role by detoxifying the body through sweat elimination. When we sweat, we effectively throw out salts, calcium, sodium, chloride and urea out of the body. If you are suffering from skin rashes such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or heat rashes repeatedly, then chances are that you are not eating the right food groups. Symptoms like blisters and itchiness on the skin also indicate the same. Eating unhealthy foods leads to immunity problems as well as hormonal imbalance. All these can lead to skin oozing that leads to loss of proteins. The skin then loses important compounds while suffering from rashes. Skin rashes are also an indication that your immune system is reacting to certain food. So today, we will study the right food to eat for itchy skin and also foods to avoid. A healthy diet for skin problems will give you a healthier skin and also help you prevent rashes.
Symptoms of food allergies on the skin
The skin is one of the first organs to be affected by a food allergy. Following are some of the common symptoms that may be present on the skin:
- Reddish welts
- Boils or blisters
- Constant itchiness
Many times, a heat rash can actually be a food allergy and an allergic reaction to food may be perceived to be a sweat rash.
Foods to avoid during allergy season
Many foods tend to aggravate symptoms of itchy skin. These foods particularly lead to itchy skin in infants and children. Some adults continue to be sensitive to these food groups:
- Eggs-especially egg whites
- Wheat and gluten based foods
- Dairy especially milk and milk products
- Fish and seafood-shellfish, shrimp, lobster
- Coffee, tea, alcohol
- Yeast based foods
- Artificial sweeteners
Kids are typically allergic to cow’s milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and gluten. Most children overcome these allergies especially the ones like eggs, soy and milk as they grow. However, some allergies such as seafood, tree nuts and peanut allergies are often difficult to overcome.
Apart from these, there are many other allergens that people could have a severe reaction to. It is very important to read food labels in order to eliminate these foods from your diet.
Food good for skin allergies
These foods generally work well for most people and do not aggravate allergy symptoms:
- Brown rice
- Fruits- Organic fruit free from sulphites and chemicals. You can also eat cooked, raw or dried fruits
- It is best to avoid citrusy fruits and fruit juices
- Fruits good for skin allergy are cherries, cranberries, prunes, pears. Avoid tomatoes, peaches, apples and bananas.
- Green yellow or orange vegetables are good for the skin-artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, string beans, squash, sweet potatoes are safe.
- Chicken, turkey, lamb, salmon, mackerel and halibut are usually safe. Select organic, free-range and hormone free products.
- Avoid most condiments as they could contain dyes, MSG, aspartame, preservatives and food colors. Sea salt, molasses, most herbs and spices, vanilla extract etc are safe.
- Use cold pressed oils like olive oil for cooking.
Go for unprocessed foods that are wholesome and close to their natural state. In case of heat rashes, eat watery foods like cucumbers, watermelons and other seasonal foods that will hydrate your body.
Watch out for triggers
Foods can trigger allergies and aggravate rashes. So watch out for them. You can also keep a food journal. Allergies and skin rashes could manifest 72 hours after eating the offensive food. In some cases, you may be allergic to more than one food. In such as case, eliminating one food group at a time might not show results. Also, natural hormonal fluctuations can also trigger food sensitivity. Food triggers can also change over time.
Continue eliminating one food group at a time until symptoms go away completely. In case of heat rashes, you must also observe basic precautions like keeping the skin sweat free and cool at all times.
Precautions for heat rashes
Apart from watching your diet, do observe following precautionary measures:
- Stay indoors in climate controlled areas. Run a fan or air conditioner.
- Drink plenty of water- at least 10 glasses.
- Bathe frequently.
- Use a sweat-preventative product such as cooling talc.
- Wear lightweight summer clothes.
- When outdoors-seek shade. Avoid peak sunny hours between 11 am and 4 pm.
- Protect yourself with a hat or scarf.
Healthy diet ensures a stronger body. Apart from dietary measures, follow the above precautions to stay rash free this summer.