There is no definitive diet that will help reduce the painful symptoms of psoriasis, but there are foods that are more likely to cause flare-ups than others. If you suffer from psoriasis, these are four foods you should consider avoiding.
- Alcohol – Alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. When your blood vessels become dilated, white blood cells, including those T cells responsible for psoriasis can more easily make their way into the outer layers of your skin. Alcohol is also dehydrating which can have a negative impact on already dry patches of skin.
- Red Meat – Red meat contains a polyunsaturated fat called, arachidonic acid. It can worsen psoriasis symptoms by converting to inflammatory compounds. Since psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, you want to avoid anything that will increase inflammation. Psoriasis sufferers are also at an increased risk of heart disease, so avoiding red meat makes sense.
- Dairy – An anti-inflammatory diet is key in reducing psoriasis symptoms. High-fat dairy is known to cause inflammation and should be avoided. Most importantly, stay away from whole milk and full-fat cheese and yogurt. Look for low-fat versions – you’ll also be doing your heart a favor.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes, along with potatoes and peppers, are nightshade vegetables. Anecdotally, many people with psoriasis have experienced worsened symptoms after eating these types of veggies. If you suffer from psoriasis, you might consider removing them to see if symptoms improve.