Psoriasis-Friendly Dietary Suggestions

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that increases the rate that skin cells grow and form. This leads to a build up of cells on your skin's surface faster than they can naturally shed. This excess skin can become scaly, dry, itchy red patches that could be painful to some. The symptoms could come and go, and there is no cure, but effective medication such as Temovate, Aristocort or Synalar can help to bring relief to symptoms and decrease the rapidity of accelerated skin cell growth.

Psoriasis-Friendly Foods

A healthy and balanced diet is always an integral part of any treatment plan for a health condition. You can always talk to your doctor about what dietary foundations would be best for you, and what you should avoid. This is a list of some foods that are suggested to be beneficial for minimizing the symptoms of psoriasis. You can try incorporating them into your everyday meals to see if your condition responds well.

Add:

  • Blueberries are an example of a fruit with antioxidants, fiber and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Bright green and orange fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory agents. Dark green veggies such as broccoli, kale and spinach are great healthy staples to go to, and bright orange veggies like carrots and fruits like squash are also . These healthy vegetables
  • Fatty Fish (albacore tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines) provides your body with Omega 3 fatty acids which boost your immune system and work to control inflammation, both of which directly affect psoriasis.
  • Good fats, or polyunsaturated fats, extend beyond fish. Cooking with vegetable oils and adding nuts like walnuts, pistachios, and almonds to your salads or meals are simple ways to incorporate these healthy fats to your regular meals.

- Avoid:

Talk to your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet or health routine. Cutting out a food or food group without having a medical professional confirm that it has negative effects on you could mean that you are losing out on good nutrients. Of course, this is in reference to examples like tomatoes or gluten, both of which are good for you unless you have a specific reaction to them. Other examples such as oily fast food or sugary snacks with little nutrients are obvious things to avoid.

  • Sugar is a main culprit for excess weight and other health issues, including psoriasis, which can be irritated by being overweight. Make it a habit to read food labels, knowing that if a form of sugar is one of the first few ingredients, you may want to limit or avoid that item. It will also be beneficial to learn unexpected dietary sources with high sugar content such as fruit juices or cereals.
  • Alcohol is definitely enjoyable, but the psoriasis symptoms that it is likely to trigger is definitely not. Alcohol may hinder the effectiveness of your psoriasis medication, as well as encourage inflammation in your body. Be sure to check with your doctor whether you can have alcohol while using your specific prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Tomatoes and bell peppers have been found to cause skin irritation for some people with psoriasis. Since these vegetables in and of themselves are good for you, there is a degree of trial and error to see if they happen to cause a flare-up of your symptoms.
  • Red meat can raise your likelihood of heart issues and inflammation levels. Of course, protein is part of any healthy diet, but it will be better for your psoriasis if you limit fatty red meat and stick to lean meats.

We hope that this list helps give you a clearer guide to approach an psoriasis-friendly diet. Eating foods that minimize flare-ups are an important part of managing your condition; along with regular exercise, stress management and effective medication.

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