Diet for Psoriasis
Diet for psoriasis. Fact or fiction? In reality, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for psoriasis, but there are foods that are beneficial and foods that can trigger psoriasis.
The key to developing a psoriasis diet, is discovering the foods that harm and the foods that heal
in your own personalized treatment plan.
Psoriasis Diet Recommendations
When looking at a psoriasis diet, recognize you are looking at two primary factors:
- determining which foods trigger or exacerbate your psoriasis symptoms and
- which foods bring correction to psoriasis symptoms.
Because an imbalance in gut microbes (i.e. dysbiosis) can be a trigger for psoriasis
and because bringing correction to that imbalance requires dietary change, the first step in creating a diet for psoriasis involves determining whether or not dysbiosis is at play.
First things first, therefore, means you begin planning a psoriasis diet by completing
the Candida Survey
. Determine if dysbiosis levels are high and therefore a possible factor in your psoriasis outbreaks, and then start by following the Candida Foods List
as the basis for your diet for psoriasis. In addition, use the information in Begin Within Natural Skincare's Candida Cleanse
section to help minimize cleanse symptoms
and to determine when and how to re-introduce certain foods.
Following the Candida Foods List guidelines also deals with a couple of potential psoriasis triggers—gluten and dairy.
- Gluten: A significant percentage of psoriasis sufferers seem intolerant of gluten, a protein found in many types of grain. In studies, eliminating gluten from the diet of those exhibiting psoriasis symptoms produced a significant lessening of symptoms in many of the study participants. Gluten-containing grains include barley, rye, oats and wheat.
- Dairy: Because of some studies' findings that many people exhibiting psoriasis symptoms have abnormal serum levels of free fatty acids, it can be prudent to eliminate animal fat, such as is found in dairy products, from the diet for a time. At the very least, commercially-produced dairy products should be avoided and an elimination diet done (i.e. initially avoid a food and then reintroduce it once every 3-4 days to see the body's response to the food) to see what the body's responses are to raw, organic dairy products.
If yeast overgrowth is not an issue, eat according to your metabolic type
. Even if you are a body type that does well on grain intake, however, it is suggested that you, at least initially, avoid gluten-containing grains
and instead use other carbohydrates such as starchy vegetables (i.e. yams, sweet potatoes), millet, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, rice and sprouted non-gluten bread as well as flours made out of tapioca or beans.
Include regular amounts of vegetable-source proteins, lighter meat poultry (i.e. chicken breast) and 1-2 servings of low-mercury content fish
per week. In particular, salmon, sardines, mackerel and anchovies are an important part of a diet for psoriasis. Oily fish of this type contain large amounts of the omega-3 oil eicosapentanoic acid (EPA)
, an essential fatty acid that converts to anti-inflammatory factors in the body and has been found to be particularly helpful in lessening psoriasis symptoms.
Flax, sunflower and sesame seeds are also good sources of omega 3 oils
and can be added to the diet on a regular basis. Though P body types tend to do much better when including red meat in their diet, if they have psoriasis symptoms, it is prudent to eliminate animal protein for a time
to determine if their symptoms are exacerbated by the arachidonic acid
(AA) dairy and red meat contain. AA is a natural inflammatory substance that can cause psoriasis lesions to swell and redden.
With all of the body types, however, a psoriasis diet would include an abundance of vegetables
, with up to 50% eaten raw, especially lycopene-rich foods such as cooked tomatoes (i.e.chemical-free tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and tomato paste). Fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene (i.e. carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, mangoes) are also helpful as they convert to skin healthy vitamin A as needed by the body. In addition, drink lots
of purified water
Additional Foods to Avoid
In a Diet for Psoriasis
Regardless of body type and degree of Candida overgrowth, there are certain foods, in addition to gluten, dairy and red meat, to generally avoid with psoriasis
. Items on this list include:
- citrus (both whole fruit and juices)
- sugars (both refined and whole/natural)
- fried and processed foods (i.e. including processed meats and cold cuts)
- spicy foods
- eggs (i.e. some people find eggs act as a psoriasis trigger; eliminate and then re-introduce and evaluate)
As you discover foods that trigger psoriasis and avoid them, and find the foods that help your body holistically manage psoriasis and eat those on a regular basis, your can tailor-make your psoriasis natural treatment plan
and begin moving toward healthy, beautiful skin.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out Begin Within Natural Skincare's other Psoriasis
Take a look at Causes of Psoriasis
as well as at Know Symptoms of Psoriasis
and Vitamins for Psoriasis
and then Psoriasis Natural Remedies
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