You are what you eat. We’ve all heard it before. Whether it was in a middle school science class or high school health class, you know how important it is to watch what you eat. But, what if your body (and health) react differently depending on what you eat?
According to an online article in The Good Men Project, people struggling with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have found that cutting out certain foods can make a real difference in managing flare-ups.
Flare-ups are common with psoriasis. The chronic autoimmune disorder is identified by raised, reddish, scaly patches on the skin caused by overproduction of skin cells. Typical locations are often the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. Psoriasis is not contagious, but there is currently no cure.
Psoriasis flares are usually triggered by something. It might be stress, medications, and yes, the food you eat. Science is still catching up with the research, but many believe there are certain foods that can have real impacts on the condition of your psoriasis.
Although the treatments for psoriasis are typically topical or oral medications, there is good information that cutting out certain foods or trying a different diet may be worth considering. Here are a few of the suggestions, according to the article:
Autoimmune Protocol, Gluten, and Alcohol (AIP) Diets—This diet removes soy, legumes, dairy, sugars, nightshade plants, grains, and alcohol.
Mediterranean and Anti-Inflammatory Diets—Diets low in sodium, fat and added sugars feature moderate calorie intake, the addition of veggies, fruits, and whole grains and removing trans fats.
Supplements—Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory characteristics. Probiotics are recommended to increase good gut bacteria. Vitamin D helps slow T cell multiplication and cytokine creation. Curcumin, found in turmeric, also has anti-inflammatory benefits.
The link between what you eat and psoriasis flare-ups is still being established, but if you find your symptoms improving, let your doctor know to make certain you’re not missing any key nutrients. To read more recommendations from this article, click here.