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The Power of Food to Fight Eczame, Headaches and Indigestion

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The Power of Food to fight Eczema, Headaches

and Indigestion


 

Food is the catalyst that initiates all chemical processes in the body. Food is also used throughout the world to treat health problems. Below I have listed three illnesses that your child may experience and the essential nutrients needed to help alleviate the symptoms of those illnesses.

Eczema

 

Eczema is a chronic skin condition where the skin itches, blisters become red and dry. Eczema affects both boys and girls equally (Rose, 2003). Research suggests that eczema is a genetically inherited condition which is worsened when exposed to environmental factors like pollen, pet fur or stress (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/14417.php).


Vitamins and Minerals that your child should be eating:

 

Vitamin A: Helps to reduce scaling of the skin

Vitamin D: Important for skin health

Vitamin B: essential vitamin for healthy skin and cell growth

Omega 3: Helps reduce inflammation

Zinc: helps clear rashes after they appear


Foods Your Teenagers should be eating:

  • Salmon
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Green leafy vegetables

 

Foods to Avoid

 

It is important to reduce your intake of animal fats and fried foods as they may block the formation of inflammatory agents that assist in the repair of skin cells (Rose, 2003). Avoid foods that may also cause allergies like wheat and dairy products. 

 

Headaches


At some point in your life you would suffered from a headache. Headaches range from mild discomfort to an intense, throbbing pain known as a migraine (Rose, 2003). Headaches are caused when there is a constriction of blood flow to the brain. They are triggered by stress or tension in the neck back and shoulders, poor posture, hormonal pain, caffeine, alcohol, drugs or low blood sugar.


Vitamins and Minerals that your child should be eating:


Potassium:
Helps reduce blood pressure

Calcium: relaxes the muscles which can reduce tension

Vitamin B3: increases blood flow

Foods your Child should be eating:

  • Chicken
  • Salmon and Tuna
  • Ginger

Foods to Avoid

Tyramine which is an amino acid has been shown to constrict blood vessels. Foods with tyramine include tomatoes, spinach, cheese and bananas (Rose, 2003).

Indigestion

Indigestion is pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest which usually occurs after eating (Festi & Scaioli & Baldi &. et al, 2009). Symptoms include a burning chest pain, hiccups, nausea and wind. You get indigestion when the acid in your stomach refluxes (returns) back up your esophagus (the pipe that goes from your mouth to your stomach). This happens if the valve at the top of your stomach doesn’t work properly (Rose, 2003).

Vitamins and Minerals that your child should be eating:

 

Vitamins A: Helps with the health of the stomach wall

Vitamin E: Reduces the effects of food intolerance, which reduces the chances of reflux

Magnesium: Neutralises stomach acids

Foods your Child should be eating:

  • Yoghurts
  • Peppermint
  • Green leafy vegetables

Foods to Avoid

  • Coffee
  • Milk
  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Spicy Foods

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

 

Festi, D. Scaioli, E. Baldi, F. et al. Body weight, lifestyle, dietary habits and gastro esophageal reflux disease. World Journal Gastroenterol. 2009; 15(14): 1690-1701.

Rose, S. (2003). Vitamins and Minerals: How to get the nutrients your body needs. Octopus Publishing Group: New York.

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