Battle Psoriasis from the inside out!

When we think of diets and changing our eating habits we often think of weight loss. Did you know that incorporating certain foods into your diet can also aid in the treatment of Psoriasis? With Psoriasis being an autoimmune disease it is believed that flare-ups are caused internally. So why not battle Psoriasis from the inside out? Find some relief with psoriasis by changing your diet, and possibly drop weight and improve your overall health at the same time!

Fat is an inflammatory tissue and psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, so reducing inflammation within the body is very important. Following an anti-inflammatory diet could help reduce symptoms and control chronic inflammation. Try incorporating more omega-3 fatty acids, also known as “good fats”. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease inflammation and have a positive impact on the body’s immune system.

Foods to incorporate:

  • Turmeric
  • Aloe Vera
  • Avocado
  • Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, nuts (plant base omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fruits and Vegetables (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, broccoli, berries and mangoes)

Foods to avoid:

  • Fatty red meats
  • Dairy products
  • Processed food/fast food
  • Refined sugars
  • Trans-Fat
  • Reduce sodium intake
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol

Psoriasis and Celiac disease (gluten) share common inflammatory pathways. Some who have psoriasis may also have a gluten allergy. If gluten is a problem for you, then eliminating gluten from you diet may help reduce psoriasis symptoms and aid in digestive troubles. Though gluten is found in many of our favorite foods, don’t worry, there are still some good options for a gluten-free diet. Some naturally gluten-free foods are fresh fruits and vegetable. Keep an eye out for additives that could contain pesky ingredients that are gluten. It’s a good idea to read labels carefully to avoid not only wheat, but its derivatives: durum, graham, kamut, semolina and spelt. A good tip to keep in mind is to read labels frequently because manufactures can change ingredients without notice.

Make sure to consult your physician before changing your diet!