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Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: My child is 5 months old she has mild eczema - face, scattered on belly, back and arms. She is being breastfed only.

What could I have been I eating that could contribute to her skin condition? Are there any foods that I should avoid?

What are sollanaceous food?


A: Try taking Omega 3 in the form of "Pure" fish oil or organic flaxseed oil yourself, to help deal with your daughter's intolerances.

Wheat and dairy (cow's milk) are common reactionary foods. It is wise to avoid these foods during pregnancy, as there is evidence that they may contribute to the development of asthma and eczema in the child. Always supplement with Omega 3 during pregnancy, as this may prevent allergies in the future.

You can also try to eat foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are mainly oily fish such as salmon and trout. You should review this article on Omega 3 fatty acids to learn more about this vital nutrient.

In addition to this, recent studies show that mothers who have a diet that closely follows the Mediterranean diet, tend to have children who are less at risk for developing allergies, eczema, dermatitis. This diet correlated the mother's diet to the child's risk for a number of allergic conditions such as eczema. A Mediterranean diet is one which recommends plenty of vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, fish (high source of omega 3 fatty acids).

Sollanaceous foods are those foods which belong in the nightshade family - eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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