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Does diet play a role?


Yes, studies suggest that diet does help. The National Psoriasis Foundation indicates that patients who follow healthy diets have reported improvements in both their psoriasis condition and their general health. Doctors also agree that following a healthy, well balanced diet to manage your psoriasis prevents the weight gain that can trigger related diseases. Because psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, certain foods have been shown to significantly increase its symptoms. Foods to avoid include


  •    Alcohol   It can increase the absorption of toxins in the small intestines, which then enter the bloodstream and trigger psoriasis flare-ups.
  •    Fatty red meats   It is thought that arachidonic acid, a compound found in animal tissues, may increase the levels of inflammatory agents in the body that contribute to psoriasis.
  •    Dairy products   Consider healthy substitutes, such as soy or almond milk and non-dairy spreads.
  •    Processed foods   Whenever possible, use whole, fresh, organic ingredients.
  •    Refined sugars High-fructose corn syrups are found in many grocery items today, even unexpected sources such as soup, nonfat yogurt, and so-called sports drinks Nightshade vegetables Potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers are all part of this botanical category. Some people report sensitivities to these vegetables. Be mindful of how omitting or adding such foods to your diet affects you.

 To reduce inflammation, do eat high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. For example, “eat the rainbow.” This includes carrots, squash, spinach, kale, broccoli, blueberries, and strawberries. Dietary fibers can help flush toxins from the bowels that could otherwise be absorbed and trigger psoriasis.



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