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.
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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.
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.
|Savor autumn's fresh flavor! If you are a psoriasis sufferer living in the UK or Ireland, now is the time to make the most of foods like potatoes, onions, kale, leeks, thyme, tomatoes, celery, scallions, cauliflower, basil, pak choi, broccoli, chard, Brussels sprouts, chicory, beets, broccoli, radishes, spinach, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrots and swedes. Also many antioxidant-loaded fruits and berries — such as damsons and other plums, raspberries, elderberries and blackberries — are still in season. Furthermore, October is a great time for psoriasis patients to enjoy locally grown thyme and basil as well as walnuts and chestnuts.||October heralds in a number of antioxidant-laden fruits in Australia. Vegetables and fruits in season include: bananas, nashi pears, pineapple, avocados, asparagus, broad beans, kohlrabi, artichokes, carrots, broccoli, beets, spring onions, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, peas and watercress. Antioxidant herbs like garlic, rosemary, mint, parsley, marjoram, basil, dill, oregano, chives, thyme, coriander and sage are also at their best in Australia this month.||In October, farmers markets across the Northeast are awash with fresh, seasonal produce. Antioxidant-laden fruits and berries in season include cranberries, apples, grapes and pears. Veggies in season include chard, broccoli rabe, celery, cabbage, broccoli, fennel, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, mushrooms, carrots, rutabagas, onions, kale, parsley, lettuce, leeks, turnips, pears, beets, squash and cauliflower.|
|Fall's seasonal produce is abundant in October in the East North Central states of Illinois, Michigan and Iowa. If you live in this region and suffer from psoriasis, it's now time to savor herbs and veggies like broccoli, garlic, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, beets, turnips, carrots, cabbage, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, kale, celery and celeriac, leeks, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplants, pumpkins, spinach and squash. Also apples, persimmons and pears are at their finest in October.||In the southern / southwestern states of Texas, Arizona and California, October is an excellent time to relish fruits and vegetables supercharged with antioxidants. In most of these states, the following foods are in season this month: pomegranates, spinach, pumpkins, arugula, beets, broccoli, tangerines, basil, persimmons, lemons, grapefruits, tomatoes, mushrooms, apples, cabbage, okra, green beans, green onions, chard, carrots, cucumbers, turnips, peppers, lettuce, sweet potatoes, radishes and squash.||Psoriasis sufferers living in Florida can enjoy fresh, locally grown avocados in October. Besides providing antioxidants when incorporated into the diet, mashed avocado can be applied topically to psoriasis patches. According to folk healers, this will help cool and sooth the affected skin. In addition to avocados, the following antioxidant rich foods are currently in season in Florida: basil, broccoli, lemongrass, squash, dragon fruits, radishes, green beans, pumpkins, mushrooms, mangoes, zucchini, parsley, jackfruit, papaya, leeks, oregano, fennel, guava, chard, cucumbers, thyme, bananas, okra and onions.|