When you consider that food is the primary substance you absorb from the world around you (aside from oxygen), it makes sense that eating choices have a significant effect on your psoriasis symptoms. Research published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology (JCAD) notes that “Dietary intervention should be recommended to patients with psoriasis,” and states that the foods you eat form a “foundational therapy” for many current and potential complications of the disease. The scientists also note that even small changes are beneficial: You don’t have to restrict yourself to some limited, exotic menu that interferes with the pleasure of shared meals. Here are a few easy-to-follow food guidelines that can make a difference in your psoriasis symptoms:
Follow dietary recommendations for general heart health
While you may not find a lot of dietary advice specifically directed toward psoriasis, you will certainly encounter plenty that focuses on cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Whether or not you have these additional problems, the JCAD research study shows that eating a heart-healthy diet can also reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms. In very broad terms, this approach encourages you to include large amounts of fruits and vegetables in your daily meals, as well as nuts and low-fat dairy products. Heart-healthy eating also emphasizes chicken and fish in place of red meat and urges that people reduce sugar, saturated fat and refined carbohydrates. You can find cookbooks with many delicious and appealing meals your whole family will enjoy by looking up Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (the DASH diet). The clinical researchers note that DASH recommendations follow directly along the lines of what would be advised for people with psoriasis.
Gentle weight loss eases psoriasis symptoms
Medical studies consistently report that obesity contributes to psoriasis, and weight loss improves the effectiveness of other psoriasis treatments. One reason for this phenomenon is that fat cells secrete proteins called “cytokines,” which actually increase the level of inflammation in your body, worsening the pain and itching of psoriasis lesions. Furthermore, losing weight helps decrease systemic complications from psoriasis, including cardiovascular disease and psoriatic arthritis. Gentle weight loss while eating a varied diet is the right approach, rather than stressing your body with extreme calorie deficits or appetite suppressants.
Anti-inflammatory foods are especially helpful
The JCAD study on psoriasis recommends “a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which favors whole grains over processed grains and omega-3 fatty acids over omega-6 fatty acids.” To refresh your memory: Omega-6 is a type of fat that makes up far too high a percentage of the typical American diet. These fatty acids can be found in cottonseed, soybean and corn oils, as well as in other fats widely used to process foods. Eating too many Omega-6 fats can actually aggravate inflammation and contribute to “complex regional pain syndrome." Omega-3 oils are the healthy forms of fat found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. A British research study cited in Prevention found that eating one six-ounce serving of salmon daily resulted in a 15-percent reduction in itching and scaling due to psoriasis, and researchers consider this benefit to be primarily due to omega-3 fatty acids.
True healing and recovery works from the inside out, and that includes everything that you allow into your body. You’ll get the maximum benefit from dietary approaches when you add the specialized nutrients contained in Equilac because the overall effect is synergistic. One healthy behavior improves the effectiveness of another, so your overall state of health will continue to flourish.