Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, so an anti-inflammatory diet is important to reduce Psoriasis.
These foods cause inflammation and should be avoided:
- Fatty red meat – these meats contain an abudance of saturated fats as well as arachadonic acid, a natural inflammatory substance that is believed to make psoriasis plaques red and swollen. Also avoid, prepared meats and sausages.
- Dairy products – whole milk dairy products are also loaded with saturated fats. Milk is also a common food allergen that triggers psoriasis in some people, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
- Refined sugars – too much sugar not only causes inflammation, but it also causes weight gain which is a trigger for psoriasis.
- Nightshade vegetables – potatoes, peppers and tomatoes are considered nightshade vegetables. Some psoriasis sufferers find that these foods aggravate the condition.
- Alcohol – alcohol increases inflammation and is thought to trigger bouts of psoriasis. It can also interfere with some psoriasis medications.
These foods have been shown to reduce inflammation and should be included:
- Coldwater fish – they’re full of omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system
- Flax seeds, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, avocados and walnuts – these foods are chocker block full of the “good” fats and omega 3’s to reduce inflammation and sooth skin.
- Colorful fruits and vegetables – specific vegetables that might have inflammation-fighting properties include carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and broccoli.
- Whole grains – whole grains are loaded with anti-inflammatory antioxidants, plus fiber has been shown to lower inflammation and regulates blood sugar levels.