Can You Treat Psoriasis with Food?
There’s never a good time of year if you’ve got psoriasis, but heat and sun can definitely increase the risk of a flare-up. Summertime staples such as sunburns and cookouts can quickly make this irritating, painful, and inflammatory condition worse.
Your diet might impact psoriasis flare-ups, and eating food fresh off the grill can sometimes make it worse. Although there is no magical diet that can cure psoriasis, there are some general guidelines that may protect you more often than not.
Because psoriasis is an inflammatory condition, eating a diet that limits inflammation can be quite helpful. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, and limiting refined grains, processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Red meat can also promote inflammation, so swapping grilled steaks for options such as salmon, tuna, tilapia, or other types of fish can be helpful.
There’s no scientific evidence that any kind of specific diet can treat psoriasis, but many people have noticed that certain foods—or types of food—can lead to flare-ups. Furthermore, eating more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats never really hurt anybody, especially when they are substitutes for processed and refined options.
If you find yourself at a barbecue this season, here are some substitutions you may want to make:
– Skip the chips for some colorful fruit and veggies: Potato chips, and other chips, are full of refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, which can encourage inflammation. On the other hand, colorful fruits and veggies such as strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, cantaloupe, carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and others are rich in vitamin A and other antioxidants that promote healthy skin, limit inflammation, and help keep you hydrated.
– Swap the steak for a salmon fillet: Red meat can lead to further inflammation and dryness, and can wreak havoc on people with psoriasis. Fish options such as salmon are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and are anti-inflammatories that provide a number of health benefits. If you can, try to eat two servings of fish per week to get adequate levels of DHA and EPA omega-3s.
– Avoid alcohol: Alcohol can also cause inflammation and dehydration, which can both intensify psoriasis. Instead of drinking booze to cool down this summer, stick to water, unsweetened iced tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Staying away from sugary sodas is also a wise choice, but adding some lime to your water, zero-calorie flavor enhancers or opting for a sugar-free beverage can help you add a little taste and texture to your drink.
If you’ve got psoriasis, your dietary choices could help you keep it under control. Add to your enjoyment this summer by making the best nutritional choices to limit inflammation.
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Health and Wellness Associates