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PSORIASIS

FOODS THAT HARM

  • Products with gluten for those who are allergic

    FOODS THAT HEAL

  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Avocados
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Flaxseeds
  • Oranges
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Herring

    WHO’S AFFECTED

  • 2% to 3% of North Americans
  • 10% to 15% of new cases begin in children
  • Twice as many Caucasians have psoriasis as African Americans
  • Slightly more common in women than in men
    Psoriasis is an unsightly, tough-to-treat skin condition marked by red, raised, and scaly-looking patches of skin that seem to appear and disappear for no good reason
    It’s actually an immune disorder
    Psoriasis occurs when your body’s T-cells, which are supposed to destroy germs as they enter your system, instead destroy healthy skin cells
    In addition, about 15% of those with psoriasis will have some arthritis pain
    Scientists aren’t sure what the connection between the two ailments might be but speculate that it may have to do with an immune response that’s also felt in the tendons and ligaments
    16% of people with psoriasis are allergic to gliadin, a gluten protein

    Nutrition Connection

    Boosting your immune system with a healthy diet can help diminish the effects of psoriasis
    Here’s how:
    Find folic acid
    Some studies suggest that people with psoriasis are deficient in the B-vitamin called folate, or folic acid
    So liberally lace your diet with plenty of folate-rich foods, which include asparagus, spinach, broccoli, avocados, oranges, chickpeas, and lentils
    Befriend flax
    Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are rich in anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids that may calm skin conditions like psoriasis
    Opt for omega-3s
    A British study found that people who ate 5
    5 oz (156 g) of fatty fish a day (think salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines) experienced improved psoriasis symptoms

    Beyond the Diet

    Other ways to ease symptoms include: Get tested for

    Allergies


    Ask your doctor to refer you for testing to see if you’re allergic or sensitive to gluten
    Stop smoking
    One 2007 study found that the more someone smokes, the greater the chance that person has of developing psoriasis
    Relax in the tub
    Add up to 3 cups of Epsom salts to a lukewarm tub
    Epsom salts contain magnesium, which helps heal psoriasis by removing the scales and reducing the itch
    Soak up some sun
    Vitamin D helps your body fight psoriasis
    During the winter, or on rainy days, take 1000 IU of vitamin D
    Try tea tree
    Dilute tea tree oil in a little olive oil and massage into psoriasis patches several times a day
    This home remedy relieves itching and softens scaly skin