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Help For Psoriasis Sufferers

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects millions of people. It appears as patches on the legs, arms, knees, elbows, scalp ears and or the back. Psoriasis is the rapid growth of cells in the skin’s outer layer.

The skin is a direct connection to how the liver and the bowel are working. Your skin reflects the condition of these two organs. Cleaning the liver and bowel is the most important step to overcoming psoriasis. You will do this with the food you eat and don’t eat, but it is important to take certain supplements/herbs too.

A probiotic is a must. Taking probiotics daily will introduce healthy bacteria into your digestive system, which will help to build your immune system. They also help to digest food, get rid of toxins, and fight inflammation that leads to psoriasis.

For the liver, I like brands that mix a bunch of liver-loving herbs together such as St. Francis Liver Health, or New Roots Liver (Milk Thistle), or AOR Liver Support. Just wander into any reputable health store and they are sure to have good brands.

Arachidonic acid (AA), which is found in red meat and dairy, promotes inflammatory response in the body and makes the lesions of psoriasis turn red and swell. Therefore, it is best to eliminate red meat and dairy.

On the flip side, fish oil, flax oil and primrose oil will interfere with the production of AA. So definitely take an oil supplement daily.

Vitamin D is a vital hormone for healthy skin. You need to take a D3 supplement every day, even in summer.

Vitamin A has been shown to help diminish psoriasis. Foods high in vitamin A include sweet potato, carrots, dark leafy greens, squash, red peppers, cantaloupe, and tuna fish.

Don’t consume fried foods, alcohol, processed foods, saturated fats (found in red meat and dairy), sugar or white flour. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition and these foods create inflammation! Instead, make sure your diet is composed of mostly fruits, whole grains (gluten-free when possible such as quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, teff, amaranth and gluten-free oats), and veggies. Eating this way will also increase the fiber intake. Fiber binds to bowel toxins and promotes the excretion of these toxins through the poop. This is important because the build-up of toxins in the colon has been linked to the development of psoriasis. Fiber sources are fruits, veggies, whole grains, chia seeds, flax seeds (freshly ground) and soluble fiber supplements. You may experience gas, bloating and even constipation as you increase the fiber intake. Don’t fret, these symptoms will go away.

And of course, something that we’re all told constantly …… try to reduce your stress. Stress increases the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body and increases inflammation that can exacerbate the psoriasis.

Try to eat organic when possible as this will lessen the toxic load on your liver.

Your skin is your largest organ and it is important to remember that what goes on your skin goes into your body. So don’t use toxic skin creams that will seep into your body making your liver work harder. A great alternative for a skin moisturizer is coconut oil. Be careful of products at the health store; some contain junk!

If you have more recommendations on how to beat psoriasis, I’d love to hear from you. Please post your comments in the section below.

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