It is appropriate to make certain lifestyle adjustments when seasons change. For people with specific health conditions, this is very true. With the approaching winter, humidity drops and the air becomes drier. As an eczema sufferer, you are likely to experience a worsening of your symptoms with an increased dryness in your skin. It is therefore important that you start on an intensive moisturising regimen in the fall and continue it throughout the winter to alleviate dryness and reduce itching. Your eczema diet plan also needs to be modified, to help keep yourself adequately hydrated to prevent skin dryness.

You will need to adjust your grocery shopping to take into account foods that are not so readily available during wintertime. Having a knowledge of the various foods suitable to an eczema diet helps in substituting foods that are temporarily not available. Some of these suitable foods are detailed below.

* Ensure adequate intake of good quality dietary calcium from green vegetables and oily fish.

* An effective eczema diet usually has 80 per cent comprising of fresh fruits, vegetables and freshly pressed juices. When possible, eat half of these in raw form. You can treat other foods as side dishes to your main serving of fruits and vegetables at each meal.

* Eat less of animal protein, but ensure that you keep to your cold-water fish twice a week, such as salmon, herring, trout, cod, and mackerel for their good eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) content. EPA in the body metabolises into prostaglandin, a substance that promotes healthy skin.

* Consume some pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds, or walnuts daily. These foods contain zinc and vitamin B6, which are needed for essential fatty acid metabolism. These are frequently deficient or missing in eczema sufferers.

* For carbohydrate requirements, take unprocessed grains, like brown rice. You should also look for whole grains used in the bread or pasta that you purchase. If your young kid suffers from eczema, prepare flaked millet, or brown rice in a porridge for him.

* Add pulses, like lentils, soya beans, dried peas to your holiday soups, casseroles and salads, about twice to thrice weekly.

* Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a superior source of essential fatty acids, both omega-6 or linoleic acid and omega-3 or alpha-linolenic acid. The body converts these to EPA and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) to help your skin stay healthy. You should use this oil for your salad dressings only; do not subject to heat.

* Consider your food allergies during Christmas time and everything on the dinner table looks tempting!

There are enough food substitutes available for you to select from so that you can continue to have a healthy eczema diet during the winter. Eat more warming foods to beat the chill, as well as consume more liquids during winter to prevent dehydration. Water, herbal teas and soups should be an important feature in your eczema diet plan throughout winter.

Author's Bio: 

Evelyn Lim recommends using natural treatments for eczema. An eczema sufferer, she has managed to treat herself through a diet healing plan. To sign up to her free newsletter for tips, please visit