What foods to eat when dealing with Psoriasis?
When we think of a skin condition, we automatically think we have to treat the outside and it will be gone. Although this is not true. Most skin conditions like psoriasis actually stem from the inside. Yes having a cream and oil is essential in providing relief to your skin, but we have to fix what is happening inside our bodies to really tackle this debilitating disease. As everyone is different it can be hard to pin point an exact cause for what triggers psoriasis. That is why the first step is to identify what foods are triggering your psoriasis and start bringing in foods that are rich in antioxidants and omegas.
Antioxidant Rich foods
There are so many health benefits associated with antioxidants! Researchers have said that certain antioxidant rich foods reduce oxidative stress and prevent the body from producing ‘free radicals’ which actually produce inflammation in the body. Some foods that are rich in antioxidants are garlic, onions, green leafy vegetables like spinach, avocados, pumpkin, broccoli and list could go on!
Gluten Free Diet
Another diet fad that has been linked to aggravating psoriasis is gluten. Studies have shown that most people with psoriasis actually suffer from celiac disease, and are unaware! Although the link between gluten free diets and psoriasis still remains controversial, there is still lots of research to prove it can definitely alleviate some of the pain and stress of psoriasis!
Remember everyone is different, so finding the right diet plan for you will come with time and trial and error.
Internal Oil Supplements
As psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, your insides need a helping hand. Taking an internal oil supplement that is full of essential fatty acids and omegas will help rebuild and replace those lost nutrients!
You have probably heard this many times! But it is true, limiting your alcohol intake may help ease psoriasis symptoms. Alcohol dehydrates your body, making the skin super dry, red and aggravated. A beverage every now and then is good, however splurging on it when you suffer from psoriasis may just prolong your flare up!
And of course, last but not least, remember to exercise regularly! We understand that when your skin is very itchy and red, exercising is the last thing you would want to do, but if you push through and do as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day you may feel better not only physically but mentally too! Remember if you are to exercise, make sure to wash off the sweat from your skin to prevent it from causing a flare up.
As mentioned above everyone's skin is different, so through trial and error, feeding your body the right nutrients and exercising regularly you can make living with psoriasis more bearable!