Eczema can be a severe disease that can affect both children and adults make their lives misery. It produces thick, scaly, and dry red skin constantly itches. For a lot of sufferers, eczema is set off an allergic response to certain; avoidance of these foods can alleviate the symptoms. Chinese nutritional therapy, an ancient holistic system of healing which is part of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, views diet in an entirely different perspective from our western diets. This article will talk about the six Chinese food secrets that may aid eczema sufferers and change their life for the better.
1. Avoid Foods that Generate Damp in the Body
In Chinese medicine, one of the major underlying causes of eczema is internal dampness. Hence, it is best to avoid foods can trigger eczema. These include sugar, bananas, orange juice, peanuts, wheat, and dairy products like cheese, ice cream, butter, and cow’s milk.
Cow’s milk is the most food that triggers eczema in children. By nature, cow’s milk is extremely damp and if your child has a weak digestive system, the milk can cause weeping and oozing lesions, rashes, and itchy skin. In Chinese nutritional therapy, milk is not a common ingredient and is very seldom used. In Western countries however, a lot of people tend to over consume milk which is the reason more and more of them are getting an allergic reaction to it. You need to look for milk substitutes if your baby is suffering from eczema. Less dampening alternatives such as goat’s or soy milk can be potential replacements.
2. Select nourishing and cooling foods
If you have eczema, you can treat the symptoms of itchy skin, inflammation, and redness as well as their underlying cause by eliminating excess heat in your body. You also need to tonify the blood and vital energy (qi) and moisten dryness. Moistening and cooling foods recommended include tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberry, pears, tofu (bean curd), barley, celery, cucumber, watermelon, seaweed, lettuce, and grapefruit.
Blueberries, aduki beans, kidney beans, beetroot and other dark red veggies and fruits as well as leafy green veggies are all very good for tonifying blood and qi. Meats such as chicken, kidneys, and, liver are all blood and qi tonifiers. Eating bowl of oat porridge added with a few dates is a great way to start the day.
3. Don’t Eat Greasy Foods
By nature, greasy fried foods are warm and extremely damp forming. Eczema is itself a sign of excess heat (Yang) in the body which leads to symptoms like thirst, inflammation, and redness. Cooking styles that are Yang by nature include sautéing, stir frying, deep frying, grilling, and roasting. If you have eczema, it may be preferable if you steam, braise, simmer, or boil your food as these cooking styles are yin by nature and when cooked these ways, the foods cooked in this way will be more nourishing to the skin and body and are naturally cooler.
4. Balance your Tastes/Flavors
The saying, “too much of one thing is bad for you” is applicable in Chinese nutritional therapy. You will find a balance of tastes – pungent, sweet, bitter, sour, and salty in most Chinese recipes. Salty foods like fish, pork, and seaweed, for instance, stimulate digestion, drain built up moisture, and regulate moisture balance. Overconsumption of salt, however, will cause dryness and dehydrate the body. Sweet foods such as milk, bananas, and sugar, tend to moisten dryness and lightly the flow of blood and qi. But when you consume a huge amount of sweet foods, it will cause the buildup of heat and dampness in the body which can result in eczema. Hence, it is a really good idea to follow a balanced diet that includes all the flavors. You may need to reduce or increase a specific flavor depending on your specific needs.
5. Enjoy your Food and Chew them properly
Eczema is often triggered by emotional stress. We tend to not enjoy, under eat, or overeat when we are under stress. When you are angry while you are eating this will impact the flow of qi and may cause it to stagnate. Over time, stagnation of qi can create an excess of heat in the body that can come in the form of skin inflammation and rashes.
6. Avoid Ice Cold and Raw Foods
Consuming too much chilled foods ((as opposed to cooling foods) or raw foods can harm your digestive system. This system needs digestive fire or warmth to operate properly and an excessive and prolonged consumption of ice-cold or raw foods can eventually impair this digestive fire. Because of this, you will notice that the Chinese seldom eat ice-cold foods or raw foods.
7. Concentrate on Your Food When You’re Eating
When you’re eating your meal, just focus on your food and stop reading, watching TV or any other thing. Each portion you take in should be chewed fully since this helps your digestive system to work more efficiently.