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Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease can be treated through regular medication based on the severity of the symptoms. Though there is no complete cure to the condition, there are certain medicines that can ease out the symptoms. These medicines have their own side-effects too and hence one may follow some healthy diet regime to prevent the frequent attacks of psoriasis. The foods below are items you should include or remove from your diet in order to help in substantially combating psoriasis.
Foods to include in your diet
Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Salmon
Salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and would ease out the psoriasis symptoms to great extent. It will also check frequent psoriasis flare ups. You can include more fish into your diet, provided you are not allergic to the same. Omega 3 fatty acid has anti-inflammatory properties that would help you fight psoriasis. Wild salmon has high levels of astaxanthin which farmed salmon may lack. Having wild salmon is good but still you may have it in moderation to avoid side-effects if any.
The main benefit of garlic lies in its properties that inhibit the lipoxygenase which is responsible for inflammation that is the result of arachidonic acid. Garlic has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties too along with the rich levels of antioxidant selenium.
Carrots and melons
Carrots and melons may not have any direct studies favoring their effectiveness in psoriasis but they are known for the anti-inflammatory properties which may eventually help in controlling psoriasis symptoms and frequent flare ups.
Lettuce has good amount of vitamin C, beta-carotene and folate that improves digestion along with the liver health. Improved digestion would show positive results in psoriasis.
Turmeric has been used in many Naturopathy and Ayurveda medicines of Chinese and Indian origin. The benefits of turmeric for psoriasis have been witnessed over years but no substantial study has been found backing it. The research for the same is in process.
Just like any other green vegetable, broccoli is also rich in beta-carotene and is good source of vitamin C. Organically grown broccoli is even better and should always be your first choice. Those suffering from psoriasis can have broccoli in steamed or raw form to get maximum amount of fiber.
Fiber rich diet that can regulate the blood sugar levels and also aid digestion may be good to ease out the symptoms of psoriasis. You can switch to whole grain breads and cereals to flush out the toxins.
Apart from these 7 foods, you should include more of nuts and berries in your diet too.
Foods to avoid
Alcohol is strictly not recommended if you are fighting psoriasis. Alcohol intake may dilate your cells and allow the unwanted T-cells on upper layer of the skin. Even the moderate drinking would worsen the symptoms.
Tomatoes have no proven side-effects but many people suffering from psoriasis have observed that they have unfavorable experience with tomatoes. The effect of tomatoes may differ from person to person and if you have also found some negative impact of tomatoes on psoriasis then just avoid!
Main reason for aggravation of psoriasis symptoms is inflammation. Junk food which is loaded with saturated fats would add to your weight which would increase the risk of heart disease which is also one of the side-effects of psoriasis.
Arachidonic acid in dairy products is main trigger for psoriasis. Red meat and eggs are also having higher amount of this acid. Especially, when you consume cow’s milk, the risk of psoriasis gets higher.
Citrus fruits are known to flare up psoriasis as they have allergens and allergic reaction in most cases may be the primary cause of psoriasis. The allergic reaction would also make the symptoms of psoriasis worst. You can start avoiding citrus fruits to see whether you are allergic to them.
Many people are allergic to gluten and would develop unexplained rashes on the skin. Avoiding gluten has always shown positive results in psoriasis patients. There are laboratory tests that would check whether you are intolerant to gluten and if it’s so then follow gluten free diet regime which is usually expensive!
Obesity and psoriasis are connected to some extent and sugar will trigger the weight gain for sure. Refined sugar has always remained the biggest enemy of health and excess sugar would cause inflammation which is not good for psoriasis.
You may also avoid condiments and fried foods if you want to keep psoriasis at bay. Just some additions and eliminations would make psoriasis management easier and your body healthier.
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