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Nutrition Guide to Healing Psoriasis

Heal Psoriasis Naturally With Food

Your one-stop source for information on the optimal diet, the top psoriasis fighting foods, and the best recipes for taming psoriasis.


What is this Psoriasis Guide?

Are you looking for a natural way to treat and heal psoriasis with food at home? The goal of this online guide is to provide comprehensive information on how to prevent and get rid of psoriasis symptoms at home with appropriate nutrition and so-called anti-psoriasis foods. The page you are currently viewing is the home page of this guide. If you want to stay abreast of the latest news and tips for psoriasis sufferers, you should bookmark this page! Other sections of this guide are dedicated to providing diet advice, food recommendations and recipes for psoriasis patients. If you are ready to heal your psoriasis naturally with psoriasis fighting foods, start navigating this guide by using the menu on the right.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune condition that affects the skin of 4.5 to 7.5 million Americans. Under normal conditions, old skin cells are shed off and replaced by new ones in a cycle that usually takes little less than a month. In people with psoriasis, the cells grow and divide at a rate almost ten times faster than normal skin, resulting in thick, inflamed patches or lesions, covered with dead skin cells (called scale). Psoriasis can develop on any part of the body, but it most commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp, groin, and buttocks. Psoriasis is associated with some other health conditions, including diabetes, obesity and overweight, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Furthermore, up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis will also develop psoriatic arthritis, a disease causing inflammation in the joints.

While psoriasis can flare up at any time, it most often strikes people between ages 15 to 25 and lasts a lifetime. However, the symptoms typically come and go, and it is possible for people with psoriasis to be symptom-free for years.

The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. There is also no known definite cure for psoriasis. However, there are several treatments and remedies that can control the symptoms. Many people find relief from staying in warmer climates or from increasing exposure to sunlight. Also certain nutritional factors and the so-called anti-psoriasis foods (the topic of this online guide) may help control and heal the disease.

Important Notice: Information included on this website may contain errors and should never be a substitute for professional nutrition advice or for professional medical or health advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health care professional.

There are plenty of reasons to incorporate more mushrooms into your diet. Not only are mushrooms packed with anti-psoriasis nutrients such as zinc, selenium and ergothioneine, they are also easy to season as nearly all seasonings pair well with mushrooms. If you're serving mushrooms as a side dish, use seasonings that go well with the main dish.

To add variety to your anti-psoriasis diet, add more unusual foods such as black salsify to your food repertoire. Black salsify contains inulin, a type of fiber that stimulates the growth of bifidobacteria in the intestines. Bifidobacteria are beneficial bacteria that help keep candida in check in the body (overgrowth of the candida yeast has been linked to psoriasis). Black salsify also provides plenty of folate which seems to be particularly important for psoriasis patients.

Did you know that zucchini blossoms are edible and that they are delicious, too? They are also versatile and can be eaten sauteed, roasted, stuffed, or steamed. In Mexico, zucchini flowers are also commonly used in soups. Before using zucchini blossoms in your recipes, be sure to remove pistils from female flowers and stamens from male flowers.

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ANTIOXIDANT FOODS IN SEASON THIS MONTH

Produce that is in season — as opposed to food that is not in season — has more nutritional value, tastes better and is usually more affordable as you are not paying for importing the food from abroad. The chart below shows which antioxidant foods are at the peak of their season in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the US this month. Foods that are naturally rich in antioxidants can help heal psoriasis symptoms by protecting the skin from free radicals which have been linked to skin inflammation in psoriasis. Note: the information shown may be inaccurate to some extent due to unpredictable weather conditions and other factors.

If you are a psoriasis sufferer living in the UK or Ireland, now is the time to make the most of foods like cauliflower, broccoli, raspberries, oyster mushrooms, button mushrooms, watercress, lettuce, garlic, sage, new potatoes, cucumber, celery, courgettes, fennel, carrots, radishes, chard, borlotti beans, broad beans, French beans, cabbage, pak choi and beets. July heralds in a wide range of antioxidant-laden fruits and vegetables in Australia. Foods in season include bananas, cantaloupes, beets, avocados, broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, onions, fennel, swedes, cabbage, lettuce, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Antioxidant herbs like rosemary, mint, parsley, thyme, marjoram, dill, chives, and sage are also at their best in Australia this month. In July, farmers' markets across the Northeastern United States offer fresh, seasonal produce. Antioxidant-laden foods in season include peas, summer squash, carrots, chard, lettuce, mushrooms, basil, beets, garlic, onions, potatoes, bok choy, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, blueberries, raspberries, thyme, cabbage, and green beans.
You can find plenty of locally-grown produce in Illinois, Michigan and Iowa in July. If you live in this region and suffer from psoriasis, July is the time to savor foods like beets, apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, basil, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, carrots, chard, peaches, plums, peas, potatoes, and zucchini. In the southern / southwestern states of Texas, Arizona and California, July is an excellent time to relish fruits and vegetables supercharged with antioxidants. In most of these states, the following antioxidant-laden foods are in season this month: apricots, basil, blackberries, broccoli, cabbage, chard, carrots, figs, peaches, pears, plums, summer squash, turnips, and sweet potatoes. The following antioxidant-packed foods are currently in season in Florida: dragon fruits, green beans, leeks, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, raspberries, oregano, basil, and thyme.