How to Fight Psoriasis with Your Diet

Plaque psoriasis can be managed through both medication and your diet.

With summer on the horizon, many sufferers of plaque psoriasis are looking for a solution. Plaque psoriasis is a condition of the immune system where the body mistakenly attacks itself, causing the cells to multiply and turn over. This results in swelling and patches of itchy, scaly skin.

While the condition isn’t fatal, it is certainly a painful inconvenience. Medications and ointments can help alleviate the symptoms, but research also shows that your diet can play a part in the length and severity of your outbreaks.

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Overall, there are three diets that seem to help psoriasis sufferers manage their flare-ups. Low-calorie, gluten-free, and antioxidant rich diet regimens seem to help reduce the amount and duration of psoriasis. Fish oil is also thought to help fight the symptoms of the condition, if you want to try supplements.

Here is a list of specific foods you can add to your diet to help with psoriasis:

  • Fish, lean protein or plant-based proteins such as tofu or tempeh.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Legumes (beans and lentils)
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Olive oil.
  • Small amounts of low-fat dairy.
  • Whole grains.

Every psoriasis sufferer is different, so the way your body reacts to treatments is personal to you and your doctor. However, changing your diet will not only help fight your symptoms, but also improve your overall health. 

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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