Diet & Nutrition Last updated on 2022-02-15 13:03:12
Psoriasis Diet: Essential Tips On Eating Right
- Dt. Parvathy Menon
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IntroductionIs there such a thing as a psoriasis diet? Well, not exactly! There is no study to prove that food can cure or prevent psoriasis. But experts say eating right can help reduce the severity of your symptoms, and the best dietary advice for people with psoriasis is the same for anyone else: Eat a balanced diet!
Relationship Between Food and PsoriasisA study conducted by Naoko Kanda, Toshihiko, and Hidehisha in 2020 on the link between nutrition and psoriasis observed that people with psoriasis often have unhealthy eating patterns. i.e., they were more likely to eat food rich in unhealthy fats and less fish and dietary fiber than others. In fact, unhealthy eating habits can trigger an inflammatory response in anyone. For example, eating fatty foods can cause inflammation in the adipose tissue throughout your body, putting you at a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic ailments, including psoriasis. For more details, check our complete guide on psoriasis. Topics covered include types & locations of psoriasis, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
Experts Recommend Eating A Healthy Balanced DietPsoriasis is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting about 0.44-2.8 percent of people in India. Men are twice as likely as women to get psoriasis. When it comes to diet, what you have on your plate plays a significant role in how your body responds to psoriasis. Follow the four main principles while planning your diet:
(1) Eat a balanced diet.
(2) Avoid Gluten rich foods.
(3) Include a lot of antioxidants.
(4) Stay away from alcohol.
Foods To Eat:Include foods that are anti-inflammatory in nature:
- Seasonal fruits, cherries, and berries.
- Seasonal green leafy vegetables.
- Fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, herring, and mackerel.
- Herbs and spices such as turmeric, garlic, pepper, ginger, and thyme.Psoriasis patients are also more often associated with heart diseases. Therefore, make sure to include a heart-healthy diet which includes nuts and seeds. Avoid refined oils. Instead, go for cold-pressed oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, and flaxseed oils.
What NOT To EatAvoid food that is specifically known to cause inflammation and flare-ups in psoriasis. Some of them are:
- Eggs and milk. They are known to aggravate psoriasis lesions.
- Gluten: wheat, rye, and oats. Also, avoid wheat-based products such as maida, vermicelli, noodles, pasta, and bread.
- Processed foods. Avoid canned meat, canned fruits, and canned veggies. They are high in calories, preservatives, and additives that cause psoriasis flare-ups.
- Nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, brinjal, and capsicum.
- Alcohol.Any psoriasis diet should also be accompanied by regular exercise to lose weight. Just make sure not to injure yourself in the process. Any cuts, bruises, or scratches can lead to new psoriasis flare-ups. Read more on the Indian diet for diabetes and diet for IBS - D.
Concluding RemarksThere is no one-size-fits-all diet for psoriasis because not everyone reacts to food in the same way — some may be allergic to wheat and others to nuts. So the key here is to stick with a balanced diet that works best for you. Seek the wisdom of a dietician or a doctor to help you customize your diet plan. Consult a Dietician: Experts for Food Management & Nutrition Now!
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