Plant-Based Vegan Diets Can Dramatically Improve Eczema and Asthma.

Plant-Based Vegan Diets Can Dramatically Improve Eczema and Asthma.

Anne Fairchild McVey

At AD RescueWear, we like to report on new research in the area of eczema and asthma. I know personally about elimination diets, as our family is gluten and dairy free. It may not be the case for everyone, but my youngest daughter’s eczema disappeared when I removed gluten from her diet. So did all her GI issues and she was very sick. An elimination diet is easy to try and has no side effects which is not the case with prescription drugs for eczema and asthma. I urge you to consider an elimination diet or a plant-based diet if you are struggling with uncontrollable asthma or eczema. Below there are links for you to research yourself. Read below on how a plant-based, vegan diet may improve serious eczema and asthma symptoms.

There is new research that is strongly suggesting that plant-based, vegan diets are helpful for people struggling with stubborn eczema and life disrupting asthma. A diet of fruits and vegetables is well known to prevent illnesses but now researchers are claiming it not only prevents but also can effectively treat eczema and asthma. A small study put 20 patients with stubborn eczema on a vegetarian diet and at the end of two months their symptoms were cut in half. These results are similar to treating eczema and asthma with strong prescription drugs with side effects. Why not try a vegetarian diet and skip the powerful drugs and dangerous side effects? Unfortunately, this particular study had an extremely restricted vegetarian, calorie restricted diet. Possibly a more conventional, plant-based diet would be more practical and easy to follow with possibly the same benefits.

The Linkoping University Hospital in Sweden did a study for one year on individuals that had severe asthma. These researchers found individuals with a life history of severe, life threatning asthma. This group had extreme asthma. 35 subjects had long-established, hospital-verified bronchial asthma for an average of 12 years. Of the 35, 20 had been admitted to the hospital for acute asthmatic attacks during the last 2 years. Of these, 1 patient received emergency IV drugs 23 times during this period and another had been to the hospital 100 times requiring treatment. One patient experienced cardiac arrest during an asthma attack and had been brought back to life on a ventilator. At the beginning of this study, these individuals were on up to eight different asthma medicines, with an average of four and a half drugs per person. None were improving. Twenty of the 35 were constantly using cortisone, a powerful steroid with dangerous side effects.

The participants in the study had to consume a strict plant based, vegan diet for one year. The results were amazing. 71% of the participants that completed the study reported improvements in just four months and 92% of the participants saw an improvement after 1 year. With the improvement, the participants also experienced a drastic decrease in medication consumption. They decreased their medication need from 4.5 drugs down to 1.2 and some were able to discontinue cortisone. Researchers saw major improvements in lung function and quality of life in all the participants that completed the study.

If you, or your child, are struggling with serious asthma and eczema, you may want to try a vegan diet. A plant-based diet is high in raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The antioxidants in raw fruits and vegetables fight diseases as well as cancer by building up the body’s immune system. Beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, quinoa, or tofu provide the protein necessary for energy and also contain anti-oxidants to fight disease and provide immune boosting power. To learn more about a plant-based vegan diet visit: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/plant-based-diet-for-heart-health, http://www.livestrong.com/article/208583-a-plant-based-diet-plan/

You can read more about research on the benefits of plant based diets on asthma and eczema here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/treating-asthma-and-eczema-with-plant-based-diets.html#ixzz3Ng5xqluC

And here is a link to information on an elimination diet. Elimination diets allow you to remove the top allergen producing foods from your diet one at a time. The elimination diet can be life changing. It was for my family. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergies-el...

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