Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause a lot of pain, itching and embarrassment due to the thick scaling red or silver patches it creates on the skin. Some people only contend with a few small patches that are easy to disguise or hide while others have large plaques over most of their body.
Either way, psoriasis is a challenge both mentally and physically as it can be difficult to treat. Here are three suggestions for addressing psoriasis and having clear, healthy skin.
First, look at diet.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence from psoriasis sufferers that the skin lesions are improved with a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet while including more vegetables and water. Even the National Psoriasis Foundation suggests giving a gluten-free diet a try.
The foundation states, “Eliminating gluten from your diet may help reduce your psoriasis symptoms as well as eliminate digestive woes, but it's only likely to help if gluten is a problem food for you in the first place. It is also possible that gluten isn't contributing to your symptoms, but that another food such as dairy, sugar, corn or soy might be.”
Some research has shown that psoriasis and celiac disease may share a connection of both having an autoimmune reaction to gluten protein. It is also known that sugar and white/simple carbohydrates increase inflammation which may increase psoriasis.
Second, consider some supplements that may help inflammation, the immune system and skin.
Try adding the skin-supportive omega-3 fatty acids such as in fish oil blends, salmon oil or cod liver oil. Make sure to get a therapeutic dose of 2000-3000mg per day but be careful if on a blood thinner or if you are allergic to fish.
As the skin problem may be a reaction to problems inside the body, try liver-supportive supplements such as dandelion root, choline, lecithin, artichoke and garlic.
Vitamin D levels are linked with psoriasis and vitamin D is supportive to the immune system so have your numbers checked today.