The Link between Sugar and Eczema

by R Social Collaborator January 20, 2020 4 min read

Food is medicine!

What an Irony! Are you wondering how can this seemingly impossible statement be true? Let’s simplify!

Bad food is bad medicine and will make us sick. Good food is good medicine that can prevent, reverse and even cure disease. Take away the bad food, put in good food and magic happens. It really becomes that simple!

Food is information carrying detailed instructions for every gene and every cell in your body, helping them to renew, repair and heal or to be harmed and debilitated, depending on what you eat.

If you are constantly putting in information that is making your body toxic, sick and fat—hyper-processed industrial junk food, sugar, flour, chemicals, additives, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, inflammatory foods, or what is called anti-nutrients—it will definitely act like poison in the body.

The Sugar Trend

This will AMAZE you! The USDA reports that the average American consumes a STAGGERING 2.5 pounds (over a kilo) of sugar a week: about 22 to 30 teaspoons of sugar daily! That’s a LOT of sugar, especially when you consider that the dietary effects of too much sugar has been linked to many fatal diseases.

Studies have shown that consuming anywhere from 75 to 100 grams of simple sugar (about 20 teaspoons of sugar), can suppress the body’s immune responses for up to 5 hours. Too much of these sugars have been shown to create up to a 50% drop in the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses in the body, leading to a weakened immune system. This may negatively affect your body’s ability to fight bacteria and viruses, including eczema.

How is Sugar bad for Eczema?

Sugar tends to have a negative impact on the skin because it causes high amounts of inflammation in the body.

When you eat sugar, sugary foods, or a high-glycemic food, your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels. These simple carbohydrates (like refined sugar, shakes, soda, candy, etc.), cause your insulin levels to spike, creating a burst of inflammation throughout your body.

This inflammation then produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin — two of the major components to build healthy skin. This process is called glycation, and can result in sagging skin, wrinkles, and can result in current eczema wounds not improving or taking longer to heal.

Some tips for eating less sugar!

  • Read the ingredient label
  • Sugar is in much more than you think! The next time you go shopping, you will notice it’s in sauces, chips, crackers, salad dressings, and even some kinds of meat. Steer clear of foods that contain a lot of sugar.

  • Avoid liquid sugar
  • Those pre-made yogurt smoothies and juices may seem perfectly fine for you. But really, they can contain at least 30 grams of sugar. That’s over the recommended sugar intake in just one thing you thought was healthy in the first place. Do what you can to eliminate liquid sugar, which means saying goodbye to soda, lemonade, shakes, sweet teas, etc.

  • Avoid high-glycemic foods
  • The faster a food is absorbed by your body, the higher it raises their blood sugar. Processed foods, which have little amounts of fiber, good fats, and proteins, often raise blood sugar faster, making them easily absorbed by the body. To help limit eczema outbreaks, avoid processed sauces, chips, and other snack foods to reduce inflammation and high sugar levels.

  • Eat lower-sugar fruits
  • It’s no question that fruits are an essential part of any diet. That said, some fruits (such as oranges) contain a surprising amount of sugar. Stick to one fruit a day or eat low-sugar fruits such as berries. It may seem like a tiny adjustment, but it can definitely lead to improved skin and fewer eczema flare-ups down the road.

  • Change your dessert choices 
  • A lot of folks don’t know that dark chocolate is one of the only substances studies to reduce sugar cravings. Not only does dark chocolate with cocoa butter taste great, but it’s also rich in fiber and protein, which is exponentially more satisfying to your body than sugar. Best of all, there’s no sugar crash with eating cocoa. If you want something sweet that’s going to keep your child focused and less stressed, make the switch to cocoa.

    A new Dimension to Dietary Approach

    The problem with current medical thinking is that it treats diseases individually, requiring specific diagnoses and labels such as “you have eczema.” And then you get the antibiotic, the immune suppressant, that sort of thing.

    What if you could just treat the whole person with dietary changes, upgrading the information given every day to your body through food?

    With that approach, inflammation dies down, gut issues subside, your immune system finally gets that much-needed break and conditions like eczema eventually subside.

    These foods inflame your gut and your cells, leading to whole-body inflammation that you experience as numerous problems, including eczema, as well as diabesity and all its repercussions.

    So, you see! How sugar is capable to trigger your Eczema Flare-ups! Even for people with no Eczema, sugar in excess is BAD for you!

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