It can be very difficult to treat psoriasis mainly because it is still not very well understood. It is an autoimmune disease but the trigger that sets off this chronic skin condition still remains unknown although there are certainly some risk factors that may explain its development in some cases. This means that treatment will vary from one patient to another or several treatments may need to be experimented with. Some people look for clues in their diets and some may be able to obtain relief by changing their diet. With that in mind, there are certain foods that aggravate psoriasis that have been identified.
While there are some foods that aggravate psoriasis, this is not a one size fits all process. What may increase the risk of developing psoriasis lesions in one person may not increase the risk in another person with psoriasis. Psoriasis treatment for each person is all about experimentation in order to develop an individualized regimen that will help that particular person with psoriasis.
When trying to discover which foods can aggravate psoriasis, it requires a process of elimination by looking at the foods you eat and determining which may be worsening psoriasis based on information on common foods that are bad for psoriasis and eliminating them for 3 or four weeks to see whether you notice any positive changes.
Top 3 Foods That Aggravate Psoriasis
- Red meat
If you have psoriasis, one of the top foods that aggravate psoriasis is red meat and other processed meats because they contain high amounts of saturated fat. Most saturated fat is unhealthy is general but for psoriasis sufferers, it ends up worsening inflammation in the body which is believed to be at the root of this chronic skin condition as well as many other chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
When inflammation acts as nature intended, it plays an important role such as helping the body heal when injury is suffered. When inflammation goes awry, it can trigger many devastating effects in the body such as heart attacks. When you have high amounts of inflammation causing chemicals in the body, it can increase the risk of developing the previously mentioned chronic diseases as well as many others so keeping inflammation levels down is important for everyone especially those with psoriasis or other chronic conditions.
Saturated fats increase the levels of inflammation in the body so it is important to significantly reduce or eliminate the consumption of saturated fats. Saturated fats are those fats that are solid at room temperature.
Note: Coconut oil is a saturated fat which is actually believed to be beneficial for those with psoriasis. Click here to read about why coconut oil is much different from other unhealthy saturated fats.
- Gluten containing grains
These includes bread and many other foods that contain gluten. It has been discovered that some people with psoriasis suffer from celiac disease which is a gastrointestinal malfunction which causes an allergy to gluten which is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Most people are unaware that they are allergic to gluten. If you are particularly troubled by psoriasis symptoms, consider eliminating these gluten containing grains to see whether there is an improvement in symptoms. If there are improvements, you are gluten intolerant and should not be eating them.
There are many other foods including many grains that do not contain gluten that you can substitute such as flax, buckwheat, beans, millet, quinoa, rice, etc.
Foods such as potatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers (except black pepper) tomatoes, tobacco, chili based spices such as paprika, etc, are considered nightshades which are a family of flowering plants technically called Solanaceae. They are especially problematic for people with autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis because of their lectin, saponin as well as capsaicin content which are especially bad for those with psoriasis and should be avoided. Wikipedia has much more information on nightshades and how they affect the body that you may want to check out.
These are just a few of the top foods that aggravate psoriasis. Other foods include fast food, excessive consumption of sweets, fried foods, etc. Knowing what to eat and what to avoid can be a challenge for anyone with psoriasis which is why the Psoriasis Free For Life guide is so important because it gives you step by step guidance on what to do and what to avoid. Get your copy here.