Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when your skin cells replicate too quickly, resulting in dry, itchy whitish scales. If you suffer from psoriasis, you're probably hoping that one day you'll find a solution to relieving and healing your skin...
Here's the good news - by simply adding a few skin-loving foods to your diet, you'll be well on your way to preventing psoriasis flare-ups and healing your skin for good! Wondering how specific foods impact psoriasis?
While there's no scientific evidence that eating specific foods can help psoriasis, there is evidence that losing excess weight can reduce symptoms. Doctors and nutritionists both recommend eating a balanced diet to maintain a healthy body weight and control your psoriasis, as well as slash your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease, which are elevated in people with psoriasis.
According to Heather Mangieri, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and registered dietician based in Pittsburgh in the US, the following foods form part of the foundation of a healthy diet - make sure you add them to your diet right away!
Four foods that soothe psoriasis
Psoriasis solution #1: Inflammation-fighting vegetables
According to Mangieri, vegetables like spinach, kale, carrot, broccoli, squash and sweet potato have inflammation-fighting properties. “A diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables can have an anti-inflammatory effect,” she says. There’s no scientific evidence to back that eating these vegetables will help ease psoriasis. However, psoriasis is an inflammatory condition after all; so it makes sense that adding these vegetables to your diet will be beneficial to your skin health.
Psoriasis solution #2: High-fibre grains
Like specific fruits and vegetables, high-fibre grains also pack anti-inflammation antioxidants. Examples of these grains include whole-grain bread, brown rice, pasta, oatmeal and cereal. Studies have linked high fibre intake to lower inflammation levels and better regulation of blood sugar
, so make sure you include these grains in your diet.
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If you’re on a Banting diet and are trying to avoid eating grains, you can opt for beans and lentils instead, which are also chock-full of antioxidants and fibre that are beneficial to your skin.
Psoriasis solution #3: Lean meats
While fatty red meats are associated with increased inflammation and chronic conditions like stroke and heart disease
, lean types of meat have the opposite effect. So you might want to choose chicken over steak next time you decide to cook up a meaty feast! Some psoriasis sufferers even report anecdotally that their skin condition seems to improve when they limit red meat.
If you’re a red meat lover, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to eliminate it from your diet completely. You should just try and choose less fatty cuts when you occasionally eat red meat, like sirloin or lean flank steak.
Psoriasis solution #4: Fish and seafood
You already know that foods like salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna and sardines, which are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, are essential to any heart-healthy diet. Turns out that they’re also thought to reduce inflammation and assist the immune system, which is overactive in psoriasis sufferers. Plus, because people with psoriasis are at heightened risk of stroke and heart attack, it’s of course a good idea to eat fish and seafood at least twice a week!
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