Any thoughts or suggestions on things I can research on why my eczema always flares up right before menstruation? I'm fairly certain this has nothing to do with any changes in diet during this time. I have had my progesterone/estradiol tested mid cycle and prior to menstruation and according to my doctor both were within normal limits. I have pretty bad eczema although cutting out junk has helped a bunch.
Background info: I eat somewhat paleo, strict avoidance of gluten, corn, soy (I eat natto about once or twice a month). I do eat Greek yogurt and have cream with my coffee. Eat fish (usually wild salmon, mackerel, sardines) twice a week, do my best to buy pork and beef at the farmers market, lamb leg from costco, make weekly bone broth, eat kimchi/sauerkraut. I do eat white rice, or brown when I have the foresight to soak the stephan guyenet way. Things I am working up the nerve to try eliminating are dark chocolate, eggs, nightshades, dairy although I am thinking I may do these separately because doing them all at once (AI protocol) feels too complicated for my busy nursing school life right now. Supplementing with Zinc 60mg, D3 5000 units, 3 capsules of HCL with protein heavy meals (usually dinner or lunch). Was taking FCLO 1 tsp for about 2 months until I ran out and have not been able to order any more. Lab results in May of this year were Vitamin D, 25-hydroxy: 41 ng/mL, Vitamin B12: 546 pg/mL, Folate: 22.3 ng/mL. Have not rechecked D levels since taking 5000 units daily.
Any thoughts on what I can research? I know there are a bunch of things I can still tweak in terms of figuring out my eczema (dairy, sugar, eggs, nightshades, GAPS) but I am thinking I would rather just take one step at a time and not overstress myself with tackling all these items while in my last year of nursing school. Thanks in advance!