Why I decided to try the Vegan Diet
After coming back from a recent trip, my eczema got worse. It was already getting worse before I left. I was in so much pain, I needed to try something radical. Which is why I decided to try the vegan diet.
I wasn’t able to enjoy my trip to the fullest. I was constantly irritated, itching at night and woke up with some sore skin. Showering stung like hell. Throughout that trip, I knew I needed to change something drastically. Everything I was doing in the past sort of stopped working after awhile.
Throughout my research on how to manage/cure my eczema, I saw several posts/videos about individuals going on the vegan diet to cure their eczema. At first, I always dismissed going vegan. Cutting out that many foods seemed daunting. How do I explain to people that I stopped eating meat when I loved my garlic parmesan chicken wings, jerk chicken and occasional ribs?! I wouldn’t even my recognize myself.
At this point, I am ready to try anything to improve the quality of skin because. Can’t let my eczema take over my life!
3 Reasons to try the Vegan Diet
1. Higher Nutrient Density
When you are on a journey to heal yourself, your mind and body needs all the nutrients it can get its hands on to start healing. You can not heal yourself when you are still on the diet that either got you here in the first place or is preventing you from healing.
When replacing animal products like eggs, dairy, chicken, beef and so forth, you automatically increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. We all know that fruits and vegetables have a higher nutrition complex than animal foods. These vitamins and minerals that are not found in animal products are actually the key to healing.
One of the essential vitamins that is found in fruits and veggies, is actually not found in useful amounts in animal products. Vitamin C! We all know Vitamin C is one of the essential vitamins to healing. If you haven’t ready my post on the benefits of Vitamin C for eczema, make sure to check it out!
Another essential mineral that is hard to source from meat, is Magnesium. This mineral is needed for more than 300 biological functions in the body. Most of us have a magnesium deficiency without even knowing about it because many of our foods no longer contain high amounts of it.
Magnesium helps the body to reduce inflammation which is one of the main symptoms of eczema. Magnesium also plays a key role in decreasing stress and anxiety, which is a known trigger for eczema flare ups.
Research has found that compounds that occur in plant based foods such as carotenoids and flavonoids seem to regulate our immune and inflammatory response. Studies have shown that in increase of fruit, vegetables and whole wheat has been associated with the decrease of inflammation. Not only is this great news for your skin, but your overall body. When you are healing from eczema and topical steroid withdrawal, we must look deeper beyond the skin and the entire body.
You need to ask yourself, how can I help my body overall which in turn will reflect on my skin?
3. Reduced intake of chemicals, toxins, steroids and antibiotics
The amount of chemicals, toxins, steroids and antibiotics in our environment and foods is continually increasing everyday. We don’t realize this but our entire body is constantly working to process and filter our these for you. This is where our liver, kidney, digestive system and skin plays a crucial part.
As we continually to consume foods with chemicals, toxins, steroids and antibiotics, after a certain time, your body can no longer filter these out effectively. What ends up happening is that other other organs need to work hard to pick up the slack. It is said that, when someone has skin issues, is it because their liver, kidney and digestive system is not functioning optimally. This results in our body using our skin eliminate these toxins.
Thinking about making the switch to a vegan diet?
I’ve tried a lot of treatments and diets in the past, so I decided why not give the vegan diet a try. The key is to keep trying something until it works!
I highly recommend staying on the vegan diet for at least 3 months to start seeing the benefits.
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