Dieting is one of the most useful treatments for psoriasis. Even when the medication is recommended by doctors, changing the way you eat can have a significant impact on how your body reacts to the disease and how intense the symptoms are.
When it comes to a treatment for psoriasis, both, what you eat and what you do not eat are equally important.
Folic Acid Benefits
Folic acid is essential for skin health and especially important for people with psoriasis, as they often have a vitamin deficiency.
In addition to taking supplements (which are likely to be recommended by the doctor), you can also consume green leafy vegetables and whole grains, which are often fortified with folic acid. Wheat and rye, however, can cause reactions in some people, so it is best to avoid them.
And where to find folic acid? Spinach! Yes, this dark leafy green is rich in folate, so for an immediate boost in folate just consider adding more spinach to your diet. One cup of spinach (approx. 270 mg) account for 65% of your daily needs. Asparagus stands shoulder to shoulder with spinach regarding the folates, and it is also rich in other nutrients like Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A.
Soluble fiber is effective and fast acting
A high fiber intake is important in helping to flush out toxins from the body, reducing the chances of an episode or attack. As toxins tend to congregate in the colon, eating a diet high in fiber helps to eliminate them and ensures that there are good nutrients along with them.
Beta-glycan is a water soluble fiber find in oats. Mixing soluble fiber with water creates a gel. It’s a slow moving material which helps to delay digestion resulting in better absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food. You can think of it as a kind of a transporting medium that gives adequate time for absorption of the nourishing elements from the food through intestinal walls.
Fish is especially beneficial for people with psoriasis. Certain types, such as crustaceans, should be avoided as they are rich in saturated fats and therefore harmful. All others, especially fish high in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the symptoms of psoriasis considerably. Good sources of omega-3s are sardines and salmon. Trout and mackerel are also good addition to psoriasis diet.
For those who do not eat animal products, both flax seeds and sesame can act as an alternative. Sunflower seeds, although low in omega-3 fatty acids, still provide enough to justify their consumption.
Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural oils to clean and detoxify your body. The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for up to 20 minutes each day and that this action helps improve health. Don’t wait try oil pulling with flax or sesame seed oil. The results are amaizing.
What To Avoid
It is important the foods you eat, and you should also avoid certain foods to control the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
- Animal fats are especially harmful to people with psoriasis.
- Red meats, eggs and anything heavy in dairy products
- Citrus fruits can also trigger psoriasis, so avoid them as much as possible.
Alcohol, coffee, certain sauces (especially spicy ones), tomato juice and canola or vegetable oil can trigger episodes of psoriasis in some people. Pay attention after consuming these foods and see the effect which they cause in the body.
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