Psoriasis and diet both have a profound impact on our bodies. 4 things you should know so your diet can have a profound impact on psoriasis.
A Diet for Psoriasis contains lots of veggies.What we ingest affects the chemical makeup of our bodies. The chemical makeup of people who suffer with psoriasis causes an increase in the rate at which cells reproduce. This is controlled, more specifically, by cyclic guanosine 5 monophosphate (cGMP) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) both of which can be controlled by diet. Higher levels of GMP increase the rate of cell division.
The right levels of AMP decrease the rate of cell division. So that is the scientific mumbo-jumbo, but the bottom line is the right foods can help reduce psoriasis flare-ups. So without further ado, let’s go over some things you can adjust in your diet for psoriasis relief.
4 Ways You Can Adjust Your Diet for Psoriasis
1.) Become a Rabbit
Okay so maybe that is asking a little much, but studies show that beta-carotene benefits people with psoriasis. The vitamin A the body produces from beta-carotene is of great importance to skin health. Beta-carotene rich foods include:
- Carrots, Kale, Parsley, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Beetroot Greens, Watercress, Broccoli, Cabbage
A low-fiber diet allows for a buildup of intestinal toxins including bacteria and yeast overgrowth. These microbes can increase cGMP causing rapid cell division and increased flare-ups. You should get most of your fiber from vegetables, and the rest from whole grains. It may be a good idea to avoid or omit gluten. High fiber, gluten-free foods include:
- Raw Fruits, Raw Veggies, Sprouts, Quinoa, Millet
Psoralen Your Psoriasis
Before going into the sun you should eat psoralen-containing foods. Psoralens can contribute to making skin more sun sensitive and increase the positive effects of ultraviolet light for psoriasis patients. Avoid overexposure to the sun as sunburns can increase psoriasis. Some psoralen containing foods:
- Celery, Citrus, Carrots, Figs, Fennel
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Limit red meat, dairy and animal fats from your diet. Arachidonic acid, found in meat and other animal fats forms leukotriene in the body. It is an inflammatory compound that is produced excessively by those with psoriasis. Be aware also that animals are given hormones and antibiotic, and fed genetically modified grains. These alterations show up in the meat and then our body must process them. If you are going to eat meat, you may benefit from:
♦ Free Range
♦ Antibiotic Free
♦ Hormone Free
♦ Cage Free
There is more to psoriasis and diet than can fit on this page alone. There is much more information throughout this site, but some additional nutrients that have proven effective for psoriasis:
Folic Acid – Studies show even a mild deficiency can affect some psoriasis patients, and increase the risk of side effects in certain medications.
Lecithin – In one study it was found that more than 76% of participants controlled or improved their condition by taking this supplement.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Fatty acids, omega-3 in particular, appear to reduce inflammations associated with psoriasis.
Remember if you have any known food allergies or your psoriasis gets worse with anything you eat it is a good idea to remove that from your diet as food allergies often affect skin conditions. We understand that dealing with psoriasis is often confusing and frustrating, as not all remedies work on all people. We hope that we didn’t bore you with scientific jargon, and that you found some useful information on how you can alter your diet for psoriasis relief.