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The link between psoriasis and diet

People with psoriasis know too well how this skin disease can be uncomfortable. In severe cases - when the physical pain becomes acute - psoriasis can even be disabling. It may cause embarrassment, especially during summer, when we show skin more frequently. That’s why a psoriasis diet might help ease the pain and reduce the areas of the body affected by the flare-ups.

Psoriasis and food

The triggering causes of psoriasis may be different: stress, infections, trauma and, according to some theories, even food. The possible association between the disease and food intake has resulted in new diets aimed at relieving the symptoms of psoriasis. For example, a leading psoriasis diet has been introduced by Dr John Pagano, an American chiropractor, author of the well-known book Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative and the cookbook Dr John's Healing Psoriasis Cookbook... Plus!

However, the link between diet and psoriasis is still controversial and it's necessary to keep in mind that each patient may react differently to each diet. Nevertheless, even a specific diet doesn’t directly affect the appearance of psoriasis, it’s definitely important to enjoy good health and it surely helps to reduce acute outbreaks. Several studies have shown a relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and psoriasis, and have suggested that a diet low in animal fat and rich in fruit and vegetables, may have a preventative effect.

People affected by psoriasis should then follow a diet where high calorie foods are absent or reduced to a minimum.

Food to Avoid:

  • - Red meat.
  • - Processed meat (sausage, bacon, etc).
  • - Fried food.
  • - Aged cheese.
  • - Eggs.
  • - Butter.
  • - Salt.
  • - Pepper.
  • - Milk and dairy products.
  • - Sugar.
  • - Alcohol.

Recommended Food:

  • - Whole wheat bread.
  • - Pasta.
  • - Rice.
  • - Legumes.
  • - Vegetables.
  • - Fruit.
  • - Seafood.

Alcohol, smoke and psoriasis

Although the connection between certain foods and symptoms of psoriasis is yet to be confirmed, there are some good rules to follow along with a psoriasis diet: eliminate the consumption of alcohol and cut smoking all together. As a matter of fact, the link between the recurrence of flare-ups and heavy drinking and smoking is proven.

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