Psoriasis and Your Diet

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Research show that there is little evidence to support the concept that diet can have major impact on psoriasis. While diet doesn’t cure or cause psoriasis, many people with psoriasis agree they have found cure by changing their diet.

There is evidence that dropping surplus weight and improving cholesterol can calm itchy soreness and clear outbreaks. However, you shouldn’t overlook your experience with the disease. If eating certain food makes the condition worse, stop eating and see what happens. That could be a trigger for you.

Weight Loss

weight loss

Losing weight tends to lessen psoriasis symptoms of systemic inflammation, says Grey Goldenberd, an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York. A recent study found that regular exercising and eating healthy can improve your overall health – psoriasis, too. Although, it’s not clear how the two are related; but inflammation is one likely connection.

Research has shown that overweight people are likely to develop psoriasis and the risk keeping increasing as BMI, body mass index. Obesity can lead to chronic soreness, which may further worsen your psoriasis. Moreover, the body tends to make more fat cells with increased inflammation, making it difficult to control weight. On the other hand, losing weight seems to lessen symptoms.

Even a small amount of weight loss can have huge impact on disease severity. Some tips to lose weight:

  1. Eat when you are really hungry rather than when you are stressed or tired.
  2. Keep a check on what you eat. Writing how you feel when you eat can help you identify triggers that may cause you to eat too much.
  3. Don’t skip breakfast, else you’ll be starved by lunch time and have difficulty choosing healthy options throughout the day.
  4. Stay hydrated. Most of the time people mistake thirst for hunger.
  5. Eat slowly, else you eat more than your require to satisfy hunger.

Heart healthy

 

According to a recent study, psoriasis appears related with artery inflammation increasing the probability for heart disease. “The study presents strong proof that what is viewed on the outside in terms of severity of psoriasis is mirrored on the inside in terms of vessel inflammation”, says Dr. Nehal Mehta, a senior author on the study.

You should stay active because an inactive lifestyle may lead to gain extra weight which can further impact your heart health.

Few recommendations for healthy-heart eating:

  1. Avoid foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils since they contain trans-fat.
  2. Limit your alcohol intake. People with psoriasis may benefit from eliminating alcohol completely.
  3. Eat fish regularly at least twice a week. Fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids which can lower your risk of heart disease.
  4. Avoid processed food and fast food since they do not contain much nutritious value.
  5. Check the amount of sodium you are consuming. Limit to 15oo milligrams per day.

Anti-inflammatoryanti inflammatory

Psoriasis is connected to systematic inflammation. Inflammation,which is your body’s reaction to your diet or environment, can cause many diseases such as aging, cancer and psoriasis. Many people have benefitted from dietary and lifestyle modification. Follow an anti-inflammatory dietto cure psoriasis.

Avoid foods that have shown to cause or increase inflammation: dairy products, refined sugar, processed foods and vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes and peppers.

Foods that have shown to reduce inflammation: Plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, olive oil, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds.

Gluten-free

gluten free

A study estimates that up to 25% of people who suffer from psoriasis may be sensitive to gluten and following a gluten-free diet can help in improvement of psoriasis.

Gluten is a form of protein found in barley, wheat and rye. Bread, crackers and pasta are obvious sources of gluten. It can also be found in foods such as salad dressings, sauces and ice cream.

A gluten-free diet can take some months for the inflammation to settle. Doctors recommend people with psoriasis to remain gluten-free for at least three months, to be sure that all sources of gluten are removed from your diet. If you do not find positive changes, add it back into your diet. In the next four to five days, be sure to make note joint pain, headaches or increased itching.

One benefit of gluten-free diet is that it encourages you to eat more fruits and vegetables, fish, dairy and meat, which can be healthy options if consumed right.