Psoriasis is sadly not a condition that can be cured. However, it is a condition which can be maintained to the point where it should not pose too much of a problem to your daily life. As you may know, there are plenty of scalp psoriasis home remedies available on the market. However, I have found nothing more effective than a dedicated psoriasis diet plan.
On this page I want to talk to you a little bit about how you can plan your lifestyle around eating the right foods.
Does Psoriasis Diet Really Work?
I am going to be honest with you here. When it comes to the psoriasis diet there is not a whole lot that you actually need to do. In fact, you need to do nothing more than eat healthily. Studies have shown time and time again that psoriasis seems to appear more in those that are overweight. The moment that they start to lose weight the flare-ups become a whole lot less frequent. I want to give you a couple of tips on eating healthily now.
Foods to Eat for Psoriasis
Firstly, you are going to want to drink water…and a lot of it. Many people do not do this. You need at least eight glasses of water each and every day. If you get thirsty then you are going to need to drink more. Your body needs water in order to thrive. If you do not have water then you are opening up yourself to all sorts of conditions. Your psoriasis flare-ups will be one of these conditions. Do not drink coffee, sugary drinks, or alcohol (the latter is a common psoriasis trigger). You need to drink water. You can probably get by with herbal tea that has been chilled. However, try not to drink it hot as in some people this has been known to increase the likelihood of the condition occurring.
Secondly, you are going to want to eat ‘good fats’. You want to steer clear of processed foods. This will not do you any good. Instead stick to foods which contain the fats which are good for your body. Aubergines, olive oil, nuts, fish, and chicken are good for this. Most of this contains a fat known as Omega-3. This fat is vital for reducing inflammation in the body. In fact, those who get enough Omega-3 in their body will find that there is very little chance of them having to deal with flare-ups. It is just that effective. Try to get a good amount of Omega-3 each and every day. In an ideal world you will want to have some Omega-3 products with every meal. I know this world is not ideal though. Once or twice a day should be fine. Try to steer clear of supplements if you can. These are known to increase the likelihood of psoriasis symptoms occurring.
In terms of fruits and vegetables you should try and eat as many as you can every day. You will want at least five portions. This will enable you to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs into your system. Do not eat the same fruits and vegetables all of the time. Not only is this going to get boring but it is likely you will end up missing out on a couple of the things that you need. Have a smoothie in the morning with some of your favourite fruits and vegetables inside. Trust me, not only is it delicious but you will feel much better as a result. It is also a quick breakfast if you make it the night before and stick it into the fridge.
What Foods to Avoid with Psoriasis
It is important that you steer clear of most meats whilst you are following a psoriasis diet. Products such as chicken and fish should be fine. Beef and Pork based products are off the menu. These can both increase inflammation in the body and that is obviously not going to be good for you.
I suggest that you steer clear of products which contain gluten (i.e. anything that is made from flour). This is because studies have shown that many people who have gluten intolerance also suffer from psoriasis. It is known to increase the chances of a flare-up occurring in those people. Now, I am not saying that you have gluten intolerance (although it is worth checking out!), what I am saying however is that consuming copious amounts of gluten HAS been known to increase inflammation in the human body and thus should be avoided. I am sure that a bit every so often will not be too bad. However, if you can steer clear of the ‘white’ products and opt for wholegrain products instead. Not only will you reduce the chance of inflammation but you will most likely feel a great deal better as a result.
One thing I do wish to mention at the end is that you should attempt to steer clear of dairy products. Dairy products are known to increase inflammation in the body and thus are going to make your psoriasis a whole lot worse. This means that you are going to need to kiss goodbye to foods such as milk, yoghurt, and cheese. You can still eat quasi-dairy products. Just pick up some soy dairy. It does not taste as good but it certainly is going to get the job done.
As you can see, there is not too much to the psoriasis diet. All you need to do is ensure that you eat healthily and you should be good to go. It is pretty much an ‘open book’ when it comes to choosing the right foods. I really do suggest that you get out there and carry out a bit of research. Any website or book dedicated to eating healthy foods should be fantastic for the psoriasis diet. Do not forget to combine your food intake with other methods of maintaining psoriasis! It is going to be much better for you in the long run. For more information about psoriasis diet plan please watch this video: