Changing Your Diet Help Treat Your Psoriasis?

What you eat might help with psoriasis flares

The significance of a nutritious diet cannot be emphasized. Consuming vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables while avoiding foods high in saturated fat, for example, is beneficial to your heart.

Studies have shown that what you eat can help reduce the symptoms and impact of some chronic illnesses, such as psoriasis, over time.


1.     Is it possible to treat psoriasis by modifying your diet?

Yes, according to dermatologist Anthony Fernandez, MD, PhD, especially if you have obese or are overweight. "We have strong evidence that decreasing weight on a hypocaloric (low-calorie) diet can reduce the severity of your psoriasis."

When changing your diet, it's important to remember that it's not just how much you eat but also what you eat.


2.   When you have psoriasis, what foods should you avoid?

If you have psoriasis, it's typical to encounter lists of certain trigger foods to avoid. According to Dr. Fernandez, adhering to such limits isn't always essential. "In general, we do not advise people with psoriasis to avoid a particular meal." This is since there is no scientific evidence that specific diets promote psoriasis. Dr. Fernandez, for example, points out that there's no evidence that eggs can provoke a flare.

However, you may occasionally notice that particular foods affect your psoriasis. "We see folks who come in and say, 'I feel like my psoriasis flares if I consume this particular sort of food,'" adds Dr. Fernandez.

In that scenario, you may want to pay closer attention to how you feel after eating this meal, or avoid it entirely to see whether it makes a difference over time. Dr. Fernandez says, "We're always open to experimenting with small, harmless things like that." "Everyone is different, and their sickness may have a different trigger." If it's brought up, we'll take it seriously."

Dr. Fernandez points out that there are a variety of foods that can aggravate psoriasis.


3.   Foods with a lot of fat or sugar

Moderation is also essential when it comes to alcohol. "We know that persons who drink alcohol have a higher risk of heart disease." We require body fat to survive since it is essential to our overall health. Body fat, on the other hand, is pro-inflammatory. Having more of it can lead to increased inflammation, which is bad for psoriasis. Dr. Fernandez advises avoiding calorie-dense items that increase your chances of gaining body fat, such as fried fast food and sugary desserts.


4.    Alcohol

"Alcohol causes psoriasis," Dr. Fernandez says. "However, refraining from alcohol may not necessarily result in considerable long-term illness improvement." Instead, stick to your doctor's guidelines for alcohol consumption and don't go beyond.


5.    Can vitamins aid in the treatment of psoriasis?

You may have heard that taking an anti-inflammatory substance like turmeric will help you manage your psoriasis. However, science does not always support this claim. "Unless we know something like, 'Well, if you take too much of this supplement, it will cause injury,' we'll normally just say, 'Go ahead and try taking it,'" he says. "However, there is no strong evidence to support any supplements making a difference with psoriasis."


6.   Is there a special diet that can aid with psoriasis management?

A particular diet isn't the sole approach to controlling psoriasis. "We don't know which diet is the best for patients," Dr. Fernandez explains. "And we don't necessarily advocate it as a stand-alone treatment." Most patients will not improve enough with diet alone to eliminate the need for other medications."

However, some diets are more effective than others in treating psoriasis.


7.    Dietary guidelines from the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean diet has been demonstrated to have a good influence in studies. Dr. Fernandez adds, "That's probably the one most people recommend when discussing how to adjust your diet and improve your psoriasis." "Foods with anti-inflammatory qualities are included in this diet. They have low-fat content. They have a low-calorie count. The majority of them are organic."

Expect to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables and nuts and grains if you follow the Mediterranean diet. You'll get your protein from salmon, sauté in olive oil. You won't consume much dairy, red meat, or sweets.

However, a little indulgence now and then is OK. Dr. Fernandez says, "I never like to tell individuals that they have to start on the Mediterranean diet and only eat foods from the Mediterranean diet." "Eating meals that are extremely good but high in calories is acceptable as a treat occasionally. However, in general, avoiding too many of such items will help you control your psoriasis and reduce the amount of medication you need to take."


Low-calorie (hypocaloric) diet

Another effective psoriasis treatment is to eat a low-calorie diet. "It has been proved that losing weight reduces the severity of psoriasis," explains Dr. Fernandez. If you're overweight or obese, sticking to a low-calorie diet will help you control your psoriasis more effectively.

However, it's less apparent whether a low-calorie diet will help control psoriasis if you're not overweight or obese. Dr. Fernandez says, "We don't know yet." "We'll have to perform some investigation to see if such a diet can help you in that situation."


Is it possible to treat psoriasis with a gluten-free diet?

One of the most popular misconceptions is that a gluten-free diet will aid people living with psoriasis. However, according to Dr. Fernandez, this is not the case for most people. Studies have shown that a gluten-free diet does not help with psoriasis.

"Unless you have laboratory confirmation that you are gluten sensitive, a gluten-free diet makes no difference," he explains. "And we'll be able to test for that when the time comes." Dr. Fernandez explains that this implies if you're already exhibiting clinical signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance. "Having psoriasis alone isn't enough to trigger testing."


Are there any alternative diets that can help with psoriasis?

Other diets, you may have heard, can help with psoriasis. Two examples are a plant-based diet rich in vegetables or the high-fat keto diet. There's also the Pagano diet, which is similar to the Mediterranean diet in several ways.

Dr. Fernandez emphasizes that there is no substantial evidence that these diets can help with psoriasis at this time. However, doctors are conducting a study to investigate if some dietary methods (such as the keto diet) will help with psoriasis. "There's a lot of interest in looking into other diets for psoriasis," he says, adding that "better proof may be available in the future."

Doctors, like vitamins, don't mind if people follow varied diets as long as they don't harm their health. "If you want to try something like the Pagano diet, we'll say it's OK as long as we think it's healthy in general — or that it's not so severe that you're going to be missing out on certain critical nutrients," he says.


Is it possible to get rid of psoriasis by changing your diet?

Unfortunately, psoriasis cannot be cured by changing one's diet. Psoriasis does not have a cure. However, there are other options for managing the illness outside nutrition.

Dr. Fernandez explains, "Exercise is important for your immune system and can also help you lose weight because of the calories you expend." "Wellness is something to aspire for in general. Eating healthily, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are all important strategies for reducing the likelihood of a flare-up."

According to Dr. Fernandez, certain patients improve so much with diet and exercise that they don't require medicine.

"But we think of that as more of an exception, and we certainly don't suggest that's all you need to do," he emphasizes, stressing that neither exercise nor diet is recommended as sole substitutes for pharmaceuticals.

"For some people, the benefits they observe with exercise and diet may mean that all they need is a topical therapy to control psoriasis, rather than a pill or an injectable medicine that affects their immune system systemically and can have other negative effects," Dr. Fernandez explains.

And, he says, those with moderate to severe psoriasis are likely to need medicine for the rest of their lives. "However, we believe that we can reduce the number of prescriptions you need to take through wellness and food."





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