Are there any gluten psoriasis diets that can help relieve psoriasis symptoms? The answer to this is yes and no. This is because different people react differently to different types of food. Certain foods may cause the psoriasis to flare-up in people while they may not have an effect on others. However, there is no scientific evidence that a special diet is beneficial to psoriasis but eating healthy overall is definitely recommended.
Vitamins A and D
Veggies and fruits that provide vitamin A help in healthy skin promotion. Some good sources of vitamin A include carrots, cantaloupe, tomatoes, mango and watermelon. Vitamin D can be obtained from sun exposure and it also helpful in treating psoriasis. The best thing about vitamin D is that you can get enough of it from 10-15 minutes of sun exposure.
Red fatty meats
Red fatty meats can cause inflammation and some psoriasis patients find that eliminating them from their diet helps control, their symptoms. While they may not necessarily worsen the psoriasis, a heavy diet on fatty meats can cause heart disease. Remember, people with psoriasis have a higher risk of suffering from cardiovascular and heart diseases. If you want to eat beef, go for the much leaner cuts.
Omega-3 and fish
Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation. In addition, doctors recommend eating fish such as mackerel, albacore tuna, herring, salmon and lake trout, at least twice a week to ward of heart disease. Since people with psoriasis are more at risk of contracting heart disease, it makes sense for them to include anti-inflammatory omega-3s in their diet.
Antioxidant rich foods
People with psoriasis should eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. Some great antioxidant food sources include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts. The main benefit of eating these foods isn’t to make the psoriasis better but to protect against infections that may worsen the psoriasis.
Yeast and gluten
The connection between psoriasis and gluten isn’t fully understood yet but there are indications that people with celiac disease may be more at risk of psoriasis. For these people, a gluten psoriasis diet would help in improving their psoriasis symptoms. However, for everyone else, no scientific evidence exists showing that a gluten free diet helps. This also varies from patient to patient but it wouldn’t hurt to eliminate yeast from your diet for a while to see if it helps.
Psoriasis is a disease with a lot of inflammation so it only makes sense that eating an anti-inflammatory diet may help reduce the symptoms. High fat dairy is commonly associated with inflammation and thus going for whole milk and full fat cheeses is a bad idea. [note]Opt for the low fat versions and even if they don’t improve your psoriasis, low fat dairy is better for your heart anyway.[/note]
Many people have attested to the fact that when they drink a lot of alcohol, their psoriasis gets worse. While there is no scientific proof you may want to explore whether limiting your alcohol intake reduces the outbreaks. The theory behind this is that alcohol dilates the blood vessels giving the white blood cells and other substances easier access to the skin. This promotes an inflammatory response that triggers the psoriasis. Alcohol also dilates the body and dries the skin worsening psoriasis symptoms.
Some people find that natural herbs help to reduce inflammation and enhance the body’s immune system. While there is also no scientific evidence to support this, some psoriasis patients do report some sort of success with oregano oil, evening primrose oil and milk thistle. Turmeric has also been used by some patients but there are no studies to show that it is effective in psoriasis treatment.
Stay away from fad gluten psoriasis diets
One of the worst things you could ever do as a psoriasis patient is to follow a fad diet that doesn’t have all the nutrients you need. People with psoriasis hear of claims that a new “revolutionary diet” is out there and they jump on it without looking at what it contains. [note]These extreme diets end up hurting them more than it helps them.[/note]
Before starting any sort of diet, talk to your nutritionist first. This way, he/she can recommend the best possible meal plan for you.