Cooking fresh, and avoiding additives and too much sugar is important for neurodermatitis. Which foods are tolerated varies from person to person. A food diary will help.
Neurodermatitis therapy must be individually tailored to the individual affected. This also applies to nutrition. Those affected should only permanently avoid foods to which they are intolerant. Because if you avoid eating too much food out of fear, you will no longer be able to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs in the long run. the threat of malnutrition.
Determine triggers of neurodermatitis
In order to determine the “triggers”, i.e. the triggers of relapses, an elimination diet is recommended: For a few days, only eat tolerable foods (see list) as often as possible, the skin should improve. Then try foods from the “Frequently Disordered” list step by step, keeping a food diary to find out which ones your skin reacts to. Attention: Intolerances can disappear over the course of life or new ones can appear.
Prevent inflammatory neurodermatitis flare-ups
With the right diet, you can try to contain the inflammatory process. In general:
- A balanced diet strengthens the body against infections, which in turn can trigger relapses.
- Alcohol, coffee, and strong spices can be problematic because they increase blood flow to the skin, which makes itching worse.
- Also, be careful with quickly absorbable sugar – such as in sweets and white flour products – because it generally promotes inflammatory processes in the body. Incidentally, honey and thick juices are not an alternative to ordinary sugar, as studies have shown. Like table sugar, they consist mainly of sucrose.
- Anti-inflammatory antioxidants are mainly found in vegetables and fruit (note compatibility), but also in omega-3 fatty acids from high-quality linseed oil, for example. Eat as little sweets as possible, because too much sugar has an inflammatory effect.
- Since the intestinal flora supports the immune system, probiotics in the form of fermented milk products can help if there is no milk intolerance. Gamma-linolenic acid, for example from borage, evening primrose, and hemp oil, also helps.