Practical Psoriasis Diet Tips for Those Suffering from The Effects of Psoriasis Symptoms
1. Reduce your alcohol intake
If you suffer from psoriasis symptoms, it is imperative that you reduce your alcohol intake.
Excessive alcohol consumption is a surefire way to keep your psoriasis thriving since alcohol puts great strain on the liver.
One study of 362 men between ages 19 and 50 found that many drank heavily before they developed psoriasis symptoms; twice as much as those who were psoriasis-free.
The liver can normally process about one once of alcohol per hour, which is equivalent to approximately 4 ounces of wine and 12 ounces of beer. If you consume more than this amount in one hour, your liver will have to work harder to filter out the excess alcohol. If this is a concern regarding general health, then the concern is greatly magnified when it comes to psoriasis since psoriasis is associated with an overburdened toxic liver. Small amounts of alcohol should not be of any concern. There is even some evidence to suggest that small amounts of red wine can be beneficial.
2. Reduce your caffeine intake
When used in moderation caffeine can be beneficial for your psoriasis since it stimulates the various body functions, but ingesting too much caffeine will cause havoc in your system. In addition, Caffeine contains tannic acid, which increases the acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, therefore leading to increased inflammation and itching.
Common sense dictates that one or two cups of coffee per day will in most cases not do much harm, but overdoing it on coffee is a surefire way to keep your psoriasis thriving. [Of course if at all possible eliminate coffee altogether, but obviously for many people this is extremely difficult].
3. Avoid refined sugar!
If you suffer from psoriasis symptoms then it is imperative that you reduce your intake of refined white sugar.
Excessive consumption of refined white sugar is a well-known aggravating factor with a host of medical conditions that include: heart disease, insulin and blood sugar disorders, mood disorders immune system disorders, inflammatory conditions, yeast infections, psoriasis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and others.
Yes, if you have psoriasis you will have to cut down on your intake of refined white sugar since INGESTING WHITE SUGAR IS A PROVEN PSORIASIS TRIGGER!
4. Avoid artificial sweeteners
Those suffering from psoriasis should avoid artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame. Many people experience skin rashes as a symptom of aspartame. Some develop adult acne, some itching rashes, and some rashes in the genital area. Soft drinks on a whole create an acidic environment in the body, but add to it the toxic chemicals within a diet soft drink, and you have a double-acidic whammy.
Many psoriasis patients have stopped drinking all diet products that have aspartame, and have seen a significant improvement in there psoriatic symptoms ever since.
5. Avoid soft drinks
Soft drinks like coke, sprite, or any other flavored soda water, are absolute poison to the psoriatic.
Soft drinks are saturated with artificial colors, artificial ‘flavors, phosphates, and of course the main ingredient of any soft drink SUGAR, lots of it! An average can of soda contains almost four tablespoons of sugar!
Because of all these factors soda is an INSTANT PSORIASIS TRIGGER! Drink a few cans of coke and you’ll be itching almost immediately. Don’t get fooled into drinking those so-called “Diet” sodas. They are just as bad or maybe even worse than the regular stuff! After all, they’re still loaded with chemicals and preservatives, in addition to the artificial sweeteners used to replace the standard sugar and corn syrup.
Soft drinks on a whole create an acidic environment in the body, but add to it the toxic chemicals within a diet soft drink, and you have a double-acidic whammy.
Seltzer is just plain filtered water that has been carbonated and therefore is perfectly acceptable.
Beware of the many so-called “natural” soft drinks such as Snapple, or other so-called “natural sodas,” sports drinks, and “health drinks”. These are usually sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup being that it is just as refined as white sugar puts it on the same level as white sugar with all its accompanying dangers.
6. Eat red meats in moderation
While good quality animal based protein products most definitely have their place in a healthy diet, they should be used as condiments rather than as the centerpiece of each meal.
The over consumption of protein places a great strain on the kidneys. Over time, kidney function slows to where they cannot effectively eliminate the nitrogenous waste. This waste is then distributed throughout the body, crystallizing in joints, causing arthritis, rheumatism, and skin problems such as psoriasis.
Therefore, use small amounts of meat to good advantage in stir- fried combination dishes, soups, stews, and casseroles
Chicken, Turkey, Cornish Hens, and other types of non fatty fowl are recommended, due to the fact that when compared to meat they relatively easier to digest.
All other fatty fowl such as Duck and Goose are not recommended due to their high fat content.
Avoid breaded or fried chicken products; you don’t need the extra oil! Prepare your chicken by baking, grilling, or roasting instead.
7. AVOID PORK!
PORK IS A KNOWN PSORIASIS TRIGGER due to its SUPER high saturated fat content. This is a fact that has been verified by thousands of psoriasis patients.
Many patients have reported that consuming even small amounts of pork, or pork products (such as lard), has caused them an almost instantaneous psoriasis outbreak.
It is therefore ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that ALL pork and pork products [such as lard] be COMPLETELY removed from the diet.
Yes, it is difficult to avoid pork products since many common food products such as piecrusts and pizza crusts contain lard; but the fact remains that pork is as mentioned an instant psoriasis trigger.
8. Avoid trans-fats
Trans-fats are especially harmful for the psoriatic because; Trans fatty acids adversely affect immune response by lowering efficiency of B cell response and increasing proliferation of T cells.
Recent research indicates that psoriasis is likely a disorder of the immune system. This system includes a type of white blood cell called a T- cell that normally helps protect the body against infection and disease.
Trans- fats in the diet enhance the body’s pro-inflammatory hormones (prostaglandin E2), and inhibit the anti-inflammatory types (prostaglandin E1 and E3). This undesirable influence exerted by trans- fats on prostaglandin balance may render you more vulnerable to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and psoriasis.
In conclusion, if you suffer from psoriasis stay away from ALL FORMS of trans-fats. Eating trans-fatty acids in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils will only keep your psoriasis lesions RED AND INFLAMED.
Trans fatty acids are commonly found in most commercially baked cookies, cakes, pastries, and margarines [you should look for spreads made from natural non hydrogenated oils]. If the label states hydrogenated vegetable oil, or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, stay away from that product.
9. Avoid fried foods
Avoid Fried Foods such as fried chicken, fried meats, breaded meats, fried fish and poultry, and potato chips.
Fried foods are saturated with oil, and the high oil content will cause an immediate negative reaction to anyone with any kind of intestinal problem, especially to someone with psoriasis. In addition, the high temperatures used in the frying process change and damage the molecules of the oil, making them in effect strangers to the body.