For some people, diet might play a role in helping manage the symptoms of psoriasis. Here we take a look at foods to embrace and foods to avoid!
Psoriasis is a complex disorder which is thought to be genetic and triggered by environmental, physical, physiological and psychological factors. Because it is a chronic illness with no current cure; one of the best ways to deal with psoriasis is to steer clear of things that trigger it.
Whilst there is no scientific proof yet that diet can contribute to the severity of psoriasis, many people find that avoiding certain foods can help. This is because some foods promote an inflammatory response in the body, which is thought to lead to flare ups.
Some inflammatory foods which can make psoriasis worse include:
Alcohol - scientific research has now proven a direct link between the consumption of alcohol and the aggravation of psoriasis symptoms. Not only that, but it can prevent treatment from working and lessen the chances of psoriasis going into remission. With that in mind, probably the best piece of advice we can offer is this: bin the beer!
Nightshades - this family of plants include vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes and aubergines. You might regularly consume some of these as part of a healthy staple diet. However, nightshades contain the chemical solanine, which is thought to stimulate inflammation. Although it might feel hard to eliminate these foods, there are plenty of delicious replacements you could use as substitutes; for example sweet potatoes in place of potato, sweetcorn instead of tomatoes.
Gluten - psoriasis sufferers may have an intolerance to gluten and, in some cases, may have an increased chance of developing celiac disease. If you are gluten intolerant, then removing it could lead to noticeable improvements. Gluten is found in foods containing wheat, barley and rye; such as bread, pasta, cereals, cakes and pastries. It can also be hidden in processed food, so be sure to always check packet labels. All of the major supermarkets now cater to gluten free diets, so it’s easy to get your hands on substitutes.
As always with the management of psoriasis, rule number one is to listen to your body!
If you notice a correlation between certain foods and an activation of symptoms, it is best to try to eliminate them from your diet. It’s also important not to try to cut out everything at once. Start slowly, removing one thing at a time, so that you can see which foods are having an impact and making your psoriasis worse.
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