Nutrient-rich foods can enhance health and address many maladies, including mouth problems, such as angular cheiltiis. A balanced, healthy diet is mandatory when your body’s immune system has been compromised and may also be your first line of defense to prevent illness. While food is not a magic bullet, the angular cheilitis sufferer needs to be more cognizant of/her diet and its role in thwarting perleche.
To best determine which foods to eat, it’s essential to consult the revised standard Healthy Eating Pyramid, established in 2008. This pyramid bears similarity to the renowned Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, favored by many people living in Mediterranean countries, such as Greece and Italy.
Vegetables and fruits should be a common staple in conjunction with healthy oils, such as olive oil. You should also bulk up on brown rice, oats, and other whole grains.
The next group of foods to consume guilt-free include nuts, seeds, beans, and tofu – all which will satiate your appetite and provide you with a host of nutritional benefits. Fish, poultry, and eggs are also a mainstay of a healthy diet, particularly if you can go organic. Cheese, yogurt, and other dairy items may be consumed daily but in moderate amounts. Those who like to imbibe from time to time, may consider a glass of red wine with dinner as it’s a healthier option.
Meat, pasta, white rice, and fine grains are not necessarily taboo. You may eat these foods sparingly, if you’re so inclined.
All in all, the angular cheilitis sufferer needs to ensure adequate caloric intake, guarding against any possible nutritional deficiencies. Indeed, cheilitis may more readily arise when one does not have sufficient vitamin and mineral reserves.
Specifically, make certain that your angular cheilitis diet includes an ample amount of Vitamin B, particularly Vitamin B2. Spinach, mushrooms, and almonds are viable food options. The following fish may be consumed as well: mackerel, smoked salmon, wild salmon, and trout. Feel free to add hard-boiled eggs and hard goat cheese to your meals to pump up on Vitamin B.
In addition, foods high in Vitamin D may also help to ameliorate perleche. Tofu and soy milk are fortified with Vitamin D and calcium. Seafood lovers will also get their fair share of Vitamin D with consumption of fish. At breakfast, you can also opt for healthy cereal choices as many are now fortified with Vitamin D.
The angular cheilitis diet should also include an ample supply of iron and zinc. Dark leafy vegetables, dried fruit, such as raisins, egg yolks, and turkey can boost iron reserves. Of course, so can lean meats, such as lamb. Why not add pumpkin and squash seeds, cashews, and toasted wheat germ to increase your zinc supply?
In summary, a balanced, healthy diet chock full of vitamins, such as the full spectrum of Vitamin B family, Vitamins C, D, and E, and minerals, such as iron and zinc, can make your body less susceptible to angular cheiltis.
While your improving your diet, also determine if you’re gluten intolerant. If you’re unsure, stay away from foods containing gluten to see what effects, if any, this change of diet has on your cheilitis. Obviously, avoid any foods that contribute to inflammation and/or candida. Say no to processed foods, those high in sugar and salt, and to immunity-compromising beverages, such as soda.
It’s time to be more aware of the impact that foods can exert on your system, and choose food items that promote healing and wellness, and those that are angular cheilitis-friendly.