Treating psoriasis naturally is very attractive for many people dealing with psoriasis because there is a chance of being able to obtain long-term relief from this chronic skin disease. Natural methods are also inexpensive and with few or no side effects compared to many conventional treatment methods. Diet is an important part of holistic treatment including what to eat and what to avoid eating. Here are some foods to avoid when you have psoriasis.
While following a diet for psoriasis may not be considered a treatment option by many in the medical field, if you notice a reduction in psoriasis lesions after making diet changes or worsening of symptoms after eating certain foods, making diet changes may be something for you to consider. With that in mind, here are some foods to avoid when you have psoriasis.
1. Meat and Poultry
So much of the meat and poultry today contains steroids, growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, etc, all of which may be harmful to many people but especially for those with this autoimmune disease.
These substances (hormones, antibiotics, steroids, etc) consumed by animals can accumulate in fat and may aggravate or lead to various health issues. If being vegetarian is not quite your cup of tea, you should attempt to cut down on the amount of meat and poultry that you consume. Also,
- Choose skinless poultry or lean meat
- Look for farm raised or organically raised meat and poultry that are usually free from these harmful substances
- Grill or broil the meat consumed until it is well done in order for any fat to be cooked out. Discard all drippings.
Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever and can be quite harmful to the body. It is no surprise that the number of diabetes type 2 patients (the “sugar” disease) is skyrocketing. The problem is made worse by the many processed foods that contain hidden sugars.
Amongst the many harmful effects of sugar is its ability to lead to weight gain which can decrease the ability of treatment being able to take effect quickly as well as decrease the amount of time between psoriasis flare-ups.
Sugar also depletes nutrients from our bodies that help to support the effectiveness of the immune system.
If you cannot completely eliminate sugar from your diet completely, try to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Go for plain water or water with lemon instead of sodas or juices. Choose healthier snacks instead of candy or cookies.
Another of the foods to avoid if you have psoriasis is dairy products that are made from cow’s milk. In Eastern cultures and Eastern medicine, dairy foods are said to overload the system. In addition, milk producing cows in the US are raised on various growth hormones to promote greater milk production which may have some health effects. While most people may not have issues with dairy products produced from these cows, for someone with psoriasis, it may aggravate this chronic skin condition.
Other foods to avoid or reduce consumption of if you have psoriasis include trans fats (eliminate) as well as saturated fats, alcohol, etc. For the foods that you need to eat more of to prevent psoriasis or psoriasis flare-ups, read Is A Diet For Psoriasis A Viable Treatment Method?
These are just a few foods to avoid if you have psoriasis. For more natural ways to cure psoriasis with symptoms starting to improve within 3 days, click here.