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Psoriasis: Foods to Eat and Avoid

I wrote a brief introduction to Psoriasis yesterday and mentioned high level dietary considerations for managing the disease. This post is a follow up on that one, with specific foods to eat and avoid. It is worthwhile mentioning again, Psoriasis isn’t contagious, nor is it a result of poor personal hygiene. Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease caused by a number of factors or their combinations, including the genetic, environmental and immunological. [1]

Below are the specific foods Psoriasis patients may want to include and exclude from their diets. For the reasons behind their being mentioned here, please refer to Psoriasis: Dietary Considerations.

  • Weight Loss
    • Avoid fried foods
    • Include snacks such as cucumber, tomatoes and carrots
    • Watch your saturated fat intake
    • Do not starve yourself
    • Eat plenty of fibre, both soluble and insoluble
    • Avoid processed foods
  • Heart Healthy Foods [2]
    • Eat plenty of soluble fibre
    • Avoid more than 1.5 grams of sodium per day
    • Limit alcohol
    • Include Omega-3
    • Include lean meats
    • Avoid poultry with skin
  • Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Include [2]
    • Cold water fish
    • Flaxseed, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts
    • Colourful fruits and vegetables
  • Inflammatory Foods to Avoid [2]
    • Red meats with a high fat content, such as pork
    • Milk and related dairy products
    • Processed products
    • Foods containing refined sugars
    • Vegetables belonging to the Nightshade family, such as tomatoes, peppers and  potatoes
  • Gluten-free Foods [2]

References:

  1. Psoriasis: Dietary Considerations
    http://calwellness.in/2018/06/12/psoriasis-dietary-considerations/
  2. Diet and Psoriasis
    https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/alternative/diet-supplements

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