Psoriasis

What you eat, or don’t eat, may improve your psoriasis

Last evening I had the opportunity to take part in a webinar hosted by the National Psoriasis Foundation, featuring guest speaker Dermatologist and psoriasis expert Jerry Bagel, M.D. I was pretty excited to see that a lot of the information that was presented was consistent with the research on nutrition that I’ve done throughout my own journey. I did find it to be an incredible reminder to go back to basics and go back to a cleaner diet. I’ve been slacking a bit this summer in the healthy eating department. I’m a sucker for BBQ’s, but along with them comes the hot dogs, hamburgers, Corona’s and chips – not exactly the picture of perfect health.

Here’s a recap of some of the wonderful information that I took away from the presentation:

  • Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms do not appear until approximately ten years after the first signs of psoriasis (for the majority), so it’s something to keep a lookout for if you’re newly diagnosed or hitting that time-frame.
  • Drinking alcohol opens up the blood vessels in your skin, inviting the white blood cells, (including the T cells that are believed to be responsible for psoriasis) into the outer layers of your skin more easily. This makes a lot of sense, because I can usually see a pretty immediate reaction in my skin if i overdo it with the booze.
  • The following foods promote inflammation: processed food, sugary foods, white flour, white rice, foods that include omega-6 fatty acid – fatty red meat, dairy
  • Gluten can increase inflammation as well, 73% of people in a recent study found their psoriasis symptoms decreased by 50% by following a gluten-free diet
  • Psoriasis skin grows at seven times the rate of normal skin growth and Vitamin A helps to slow down that growth
  • Allow 12-24 weeks to see results when making a food/diet change
  • Elimination of the nightshade family may not make a difference in your psoriasis, it’s personal to each individual. Consider eliminating them one at a time (for at least 12 weeks) to determine if it is a cause of flares for you
  • Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory product, but further research is needed to understand the proper dosage needed for effectiveness (I’m on the right path!)
  • Try to eat cold-water fish 2-3 times a week, high in Omega-3, which has anti-inflammatory properties
  • If this kind of plan is new for you, take it slow and day by day. Small substitutions can result in big improvements.

A recording of the presentation will be available at the below link beginning the week of August 20, check it out:

http://www.psoriasis.org/events/educational/webcasts/diet-may-improve-psoriasis

3 comments

  1. You’re right to try to stay away from BBQs. I know it’s hard especially in good weather but it’s not the healthiest of food (especially with all the sides), psoriasis or no psoriasis. In Chinese medicine, food plays a big role in our health and wellness and it’s a case of balancing rather than avoid a food group completely.

    You could also try clear soups with loads of marrow, courgette/zucchini and carrots. Add a clove of garlic and small piece of ginger to help taste and chopped up tomatoes at the very last minute if you fancy.

  2. Wow, incredible blog structure! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you make running a blog look easy. The overall glance of your site is wonderful, as neatly as the content!

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