WHAT IS PSORIASISI?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy, scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure. It tends to go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while or going into remission. Psoriasis requires constant monitoring and leading a conscious lifestyle. The disease often recurs, and only proper timely care will help a person prevent the spread of the rash and get rid of the existing one.
TIPS TO MANAGE PSORIASIS
A holistic approach to your psoriasis will help you create balance with your skin.
Diet and Lifestyle Psoriasis
A new study says foods commonly eaten in the U.S. may play a bigger role in the skin disease than previously thought.
A moderate-to-high fat, processed-sugar diet is typically high in saturated fat (butter, red meat, cheese, and other dairy products made from whole milk, for example), plant-based oils (such as palm oil, coconut oil, and canola oil) and processed ingredients, like those in many baked goods. The foods also contain high levels of simple sugars, found in fruit juices, soda, candy, and even some whole fruits like apples, bananas, and watermelon.
Doctors have long maintained that there is no single food that can treat or cure psoriasis, and that’s still true. But if you have the skin condition or are at risk for the disease (which is frequently genetically determined), limiting or eliminating foods high in saturated fats and simple sugars can lessen the chances for inflammation—and therefore possibly psoriasis. Let’s start with processed foods
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We don’t need to tell you to exercise is good for your health—but consider this: obese psoriasis patients are more likely to have increased severity of psoriasis. Plus, continuing to participate in the activities you already enjoy shows that psoriasis doesn’t define you. If you’re ready to get on the move, talk to your healthcare provider.
AVOID DETERGENTS WITH FRAGRANCES
Detergent with fragrance can cause skin irritation. Best to use fragrance-free detergent such as Tide Free.
While there is little scientific evidence to support the idea that diet can impact psoriasis, some people with psoriasis have reported symptom relief from an anti-inflammatory diet, as well as losing weight, which may be a result of reduced systemic inflammation.
A Mediterranean-type diet, characteristically rich in healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, is known to help fight inflammation. It includes foods such as olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, fish like salmon and lake trout, and some meat or dairy from grass-fed animals, as well as fresh vegetables and fruits low on the glycemic index, like berries. Switching to a healthier diet can increase the chances of treating psoriasis more effectively.
Keeping a food diary can help you track which foods help and which to avoid when possible.