Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” The most powerful medicine lies in fruits. Fruits are the best healers of all ailments. These three fruits good for eczema are chosen because they promote gut and skin healing at the deepest level, and nourish the body and the soul.
Many people avoid eating too much fruits, for fear that they may consume too much sugar. The sugar in fruits is a totally different form from the added sugars found in cakes, chocolates, pastries, candies, and soda. Fruits have the exact kind of sugar that our bodies need, to run properly, to survive, and to thrive.
Almost everything we eat is broken down into glucose, to power the entire body and every cell in it. Fruits contain natural sugars which bind with antioxidants, important vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. These are the most powerful healers that nature has created for us. We can never get too much of fruits, so we should not limit our fruit intake. Fruits should be something that we eat freely, as much as we want. Read more about it on medicalmedium.com.
Not all fruits are equal
All fruits are great for the average healthy person. But when it comes to eczema sufferers, not all fruits are equal. A large percentage of people with eczema are sensitive to salicylate, and react to it with angry, inflamed and itchy skin. Salicylate is a chemical naturally produced by some fruits and vegetables, to protect themselves from diseases, insects, bacteria, and other trauma.
If you had been eating a clean diet (no processed foods) and yet your eczema is not clearing up, the next thing to consider will be the common inflammatory foods like dairy, eggs, soy, corn, gluten, nuts, etc. If removing these still reap no substantial results, then you may be sensitive to salicylates.
If that is the case, then these three fruits will provide the most soothing nutrition, to boost your body towards deep healing, and with minimum risk of salicylates reactivity.
Basis for choosing the fruits good for eczema on this top 3 list
All fruits offer abundant vitamins and minerals, in different amounts. The fruits good for eczema should have:
- gut healing properties – anything that aids in digestion, or lots of fiber that clears the colon and pushes the pathogens out along with it.
- skin healing properties – for instance, quercetin with its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and magnesium which has calming and soothing effects.
- antioxidants – to protect against inflammatory damage, and oxidative damage from free radicals.
- vitamin C – this is a natural antihistamine, and can help with allergic symptoms. It is also essential for skin healing, as it stimulates synthesizing of collagen.
- alkalising effects – an acidic diet brings a host of health issues, from depletion of minerals to uric acid formation. An alkalising diet restores the body’s pH balance, promotes healthy blood and strong bones.
- zero to very little salicylates.
Nutrition – The apple is such a common fruit, we often forget the amazing benefits it has for us. Vitamin A and C, and copper all contribute to strong and healthy skin. It also cleanses the organs, through its phytochemicals, and at the same time hydrates every cell in the body with its electrolytes, and nourishes with its trace minerals.
Salicylates – One thing to note about apple is that different variety contain different salicylates level, from golden and red delicious being low in salicylates, to jonathan being moderate, and granny smith being high. Being aware of this, as well as how your eczema responds to salicylates, will help you make the right choice.
Apple peel – One who peels the apple doesn’t know the apple. Lots of the goodness of an apple resides in the skin. Peel it away and you lose half the fiber and one-third of vitamin A and vitamin C. Quercetin, a potent antioxidant flavonoid, and a natural antihistamine, is also anti-inflammatory, and helps with eczema, asthma, and hay fever. And yes you guessed it, quercetin is found mainly in the apple skin.
Wash away the pesticides – So eat your apple together with the peel. But also be mindful that apple is on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) dirty dozen list, which annually tests produce for residue pesticides. To get rid of the high amount of residual pesticides, wash the apples the proper way: with vinegar water, or baking soda water, or salt water. Then you get all the goodness without the nasties.
Seeds – Throw away the apple seeds, unless you want to grow an apple tree in your backyard. They are inedible, as they contain a compound called amygdalin, which turns into hydrogen cyanide when chewed and digested. A small amount won’t kill, as the body is able to get rid of it. But if you are consuming apples daily, and especially if you have the habit of putting the whole apple into the blender or juicer, then it may be worth the while to just remove the seeds.
Breakfast smoothie – Besides having it on its own, we also use apple every morning in our green detox smoothie. It’s a nourishing and energising start to the day. The apple, celery, cucumber and lemon give us reasons to be thankful for, and remind us to have every meal as healthy as possible.
Nutrition – Besides being rich in potassium, banana also has lots of vitamin C and magnesium, which are able to control histamine level, and hence reduce inflammation. Magnesium is alkaline, and maintains a healthy pH of the blood. It is also a great relaxer, relieving stress and tension in muscles.
Somehow my kids they seem to know this, and they love to chomp down on banana right at bedtime, it calms them down and enhances their sleep.
Banana is free from salicylate (just make sure it is not the lady fingers variety, also called sugar banana). Moreover, the fiber in banana aids in bowel movement, so is great for gut health. For more nutritional facts about the banana, check out livescience.com.
Banana peel – it is edible, as it is loaded with vitamin B6 and B12, on top of potassium and magnesium. No, we have not gathered the courage to try eating the peel, it really does not look that appetising. If you are trying it, do let us know how it goes!
Another great use for banana peel is applying it directly onto the skin. It can help with inflammation, itch, and even lighten scars.
Ice cream! – Our favourite recipe, a must-have every single day of our lives, is the homemade single ingredient banana ice cream, made with…… Yes! You guessed it! Banana, and nothing else!
Nutrition – Papaya is also called papaw or pawpaw. It is loaded with so much vitamin C, that one medium fruit contains more than 200% of the recommended daily intake. It is also rich in vitamin A and magnesium, and other powerful antioxidants, and it has no salicylate.
Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that aids digestion. This enzyme also enhances healing of wounds on skin, and prevents infection. Another substance in papaya that is important to eczema warriors is choline, as it supports cell structure, and also reduces chronic inflammation. Lastly, papaya is high in fiber, and great in maintaining gut health. Check out medicalnewstoday.com for more nutrition facts.
Papaya peel – Remove the skin and seeds of the papaya, and enjoy the soft flesh inside. The skin is not poisonous, there is just no added benefit to eating it, and it isn’t particularly pleasant to chew on.
Seeds – Papaya seeds are edible, though not very palatable. It has a bitter, peppery taste. It can be used in deworming of parasites in the intestinal tracts, treating viral infections, and as a natural remedy for food poisoning. Some people on a high protein diet take these seeds to aid in digestion.
Hate it? – When I was a child, I hated papaya, as it smelled like vomit to me. Now I know the association is because of the digestive enzyme papain. If it smells nasty to you too, try this: drizzle some lime on it, you may get a pleasant surprise.
In the past, my marketing decisions when it comes to fruits are just quite random, depending on the fruit season, the prices, the freshness of what was on display, my mood and what appealed to my senses. Now, I go grocery shopping in a much more purposeful manner, I look for these fruits good for eczema. Once I have them in my basket, I feel at ease and satisfied that I am giving the best to my eczema warriors. Then I continue looking for other fruits that just happen to catch my attention.