Psoriasis is a fairly common, persistent and often very uncomfortable skin condition, though one with no serious health consequences. The skin thickens and gets coated with white scales surrounded by a red, swollen border.
Psoriasis isn’t always accompanied by itching (though it can be), and it doesn’t leave scars. It typically develops on the knees and elbows, lower back, scalp, eyebrows, pubis and underarms. The nails can also be affected and can become dull, grooved and cracked. Psoriasis can occur at any age, tends to improve in summer, and can disappear and reappear for no apparent reason.
Psoriasis is linked to an increase in the number of skin layers. A number of factors can trigger it: hormonal changes, emotional stress, skin irritations, certain medications, diet, and the overall state of the digestive system. While small amounts of sun exposure can help, sunburns can makes things worse. And while psoriasis is often caused by a congested liver, diet is typically the biggest culprit. Stress can aggravate the condition and therefore needs to be managed effectively.
Diet for psoriasis
The first step toward healing is to adopt a suitable diet.
Psoriasis appears to be linked to a problem with fat and protein metabolism. To successfully eliminate psoriasis, you need to:
- Reduce your consumption of foods containing large quantities of saturated fats (meat and dairy) and trans fats (margarine and processed oils).
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids (contained in the good fats found in extra-virgin cold-pressed oils). Because of its anti-inflammatory action, A.Vogel VegOmega-3 is particularly effective, including against psoriasis.
- Eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds for the zinc they contain, which your body needs in order to metabolize essential fatty acids. Eat raw nuts but not roasted ones, because when they’re roasted, their oils are transformed and lose their benefits.
- Adopt a diet rich in vitamin B6 to boost your body’s ability to metabolize essential fatty acids; sources include yeast, wheat germ, rolled oats, soy, bananas, nuts, fatty fishes, brown rice, whitefish, potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pulses, root vegetables, eggs and dried fruits.
- Eat dark orange fruits and vegetables.
- Eat spinach and blueberries; they are high in beta-carotene, which is essential to skin healing.
- Avoid bovine dairy products, because in most cases, they affect the incidence of psoriasis.
- Drink non-chlorinated spring water.
The consumption of animal protein is closely linked to the incidence of psoriasis. A vegetarian diet (with proteins sourced from nuts, seeds, soy and pulses) appears to have a positive impact.
There also appears to be some benefit to eating fewer foods that leave residual acid in the body and eating more of the foods that leave alkaline residues. Faced with the task of eliminating an excess amount of residual acids, the kidneys can’t keep up, so the skin has to compensate. If you’ve got sensitive skin, it becomes irritated and subject to psoriasis.
Foods considered acidic are listed here in decreasing order of acidity. Some fruits, such as berries and apples, lose their acidity when cooked. But if you cook them, don’t add sugar!
- White sugar, brown sugar, fructose, food colouring, beef, orange, grapefruit, white vinegar, bottled fruit juices, commercial soy sauce, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, peanuts, wheat, oats, cocoa, tea, coffee, wine, alcohol, tomato sauce, hot peppers, jam, cheese, apricots, kiwis, pineapple, rhubarb, berries, too much bread and butter, grapes, peaches, radishes, tart apples, dairy products, beets, lentils, peas, broad beans, cold cuts, asparagus, lamb, plums, rye, salmon, tuna and sea fish.
Foods that produce alkaline residues:
- Tapioca, rice, millet, almonds, carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds (unsalted, unroasted), sesame seeds, yellow Delicious apples, pears, potatoes, bananas, goat cheese, goat’s milk, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, celery, avocado, cauliflower, lettuces, quark (unripened white cheese), cottage cheese, breast milk, yeast, hazelnuts, cooked onions, barley, parsley, bell peppers, melons, leeks, coconut, alfalfa sprouts, water… sun, rest and happiness.
Solutions for psoriasis
First, try to minimize external irritants:
- Avoid soap, shampoo and skin products that contain chemicals and scents. Try using body care products consisting exclusively of natural ingredients that will nourish your skin and help it regain its balance.
- Use biodegradable cleaning products to wash your clothes, which are in constant contact with your skin.
To help eliminate irritating residual acids from your skin, use A.Vogel’s Stinging Nettle, which helps the kidneys eliminate acids effectively.
While an accumulation of toxins and a lack of alkaline minerals have an affect on skin, intestinal pH has a huge impact on psoriasis. Your body’s ability to absorb alkaline minerals depends greatly on the presence of L+ lactic acid in the intestine. Healthy intestinal flora produce all the lactic acid needed for a normal gut pH of between 4.5 and 5. When the intestine becomes too alkaline (pH of 6 or higher), Candida can proliferate, become very aggressive and secrete acidifying mycotoxins, which aggravate psoriasis. L+ lactic acid fosters the development of good intestinal flora, eliminates harmful bacteria including Candida, bolsters intestinal motility, activates digestive enzymes and fosters the absorption of alkaline minerals, which helps make the body more alkaline.
The liver plays a predominant role in the incidence and severity of psoriasis, as it is responsible for fat metabolism and fosters the elimination of toxins (acids). For the liver to function properly, it’s especially important to adopt a diet rich in fibre (8-10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day). Half a freshly squeezed lemon in a cup of warm water in the morning can help eliminate toxins accumulated in the liver. A small glass of freshly extracted carrot juice can also boost liver function. Breathing properly with the diaphragm helps deliver oxygen to the liver, and getting plenty of rest and exercise can also contribute to liver health. To get the process started, there are a few herbs that can help. A.Vogel’s Boldocynara is highly recommended. It contains artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion, boldo and peppermint.
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