Emotion Stress Is A PsoriasisTrigger

Stress Can Trigger PsoriasisEmotional Stress Can Often Trigger Psoriasis

After having been in clinical naturopathic practice for almost 30 years,  I have noticed  that powerful emotional events occurring in that person’s life are frequently linked with the actual cause of their poor health. And in the case of people with psoriasis, there is no exception. In fact, most of my psoriasis patients notice that stress, particularly emotional stress, has been linked to their psoriasis flare-ups.

When I carefully look at the patient’s time line, and ask the question: “When can you last remember feeling truly well?” the person can generally recall one or several stressful events which took place before they became unwell. If you have been unwell for several years, ask yourself what happened in your life before you became sick. An event may have occurred up one year prior, but typically it will have been in the months leading up to you becoming unwell.

With psoriasis, the patient may well have had it so long they forget what started it, it what the triggers are, but I’ve found the onset was often precipitated after a series of stressful events. The person’s immune system may have been struggling for some time and I’ve typically seen a patient developing psoriasis after a few rounds of antibiotics or some other kind of immune type of drug. What I’ve commonly noticed is a cluster of stressful events occurring in the patient’s life which started to cause adrenal fatigue, and then their immune system became increasingly compromised leading to leaky gut syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and a rampant yeast infection or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then ensued, culminating in psoriasis. (See my other book called Psoriasis – Understanding Stress and Immunity for more comprehensive information on adrenal fatigue).


Psoriasis And Stress Are Linked

psoriasis and stressUnderstanding That Psoriasis Is Linked To Stress Is Important

What you are about to read is something I will often try to explain to psoriasis patients who pay me a visit, it is an explanation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and how it can bring you a lot of joy or a lot of grief in your life. Psoriasis and stress are certainly linked, and this article will explain why and go further explaining that if you can reduce your stress that it can save you a lot of grief as far as those psoriasis flare-ups are concerned.

When you understand this system reasonably well, you will be in a good position to be able to more effectively balance your ANS and bring about harmony to your nervous system that in turn can have a tremendously positive effect on your immune system.

The stronger your immune system, the better your body will be able to resist psoriasis and the quicker it will be able to recover from virtually any illness. I consider this information to be priceless and one of those gold nuggets you will find in The Psoriasis Program. For those in particular who have had chronic psoriasis for many years, a healthy, well-balanced ANS that in turn can build a powerful immune system will be worth more than the most powerful dietary supplement or herbal medicine you could ever wish to buy.

How Psoriasis And Stress Are Linked

Self-awareness about your psoriasis and stress in your life can be the difference between hardly ever experiencing those nasty skin flare-ups all the way to experiencing them on a regular basis is one of the most (if not THE most) important factors in my clinical experience contributing towards a happy and positive natural psoriasis treatment plan.

Your autonomic nervous system is the system that automatically regulates your body in times of stress, and then helps to de-regulate your body and chill it out after any stressful event. The sympathetic nervous system is the accelerator of stress, it primes your body in preparation for any upcoming stressful event, no matter how small (like hurting your toe) or how big (like jumping out of a plane) and your parasympathetic nervous system is the brake and will help to normalize your body after any stressful event. Now let’s look at this fantastic system a little more closely.

Your autonomic nervous system is a part of your nervous system that regulates key involuntary functions of the body, including the activity of the heart muscle; the smooth muscles, including the muscles of the intestinal tract; and the glands. The autonomic nervous system has two separate divisions: the sympathetic nervous system, which accelerates the heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and raises blood pressure, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles.

Of all of your body’s systems, your nervous system is most probably the most fragile. Its delicate balance is easily affected by emotional, physical and chemical factors or more commonly by a combination of these stresses. As a result of an imbalance, you can readily suffer from a wide variety of health problems, and because your entire body is controlled by your nervous system, chronic stress has been linked with just about every single illness known to man.

If you can relate to stress and you have psoriasis then I’m certain you will get a lot of benefit from The Psoriasis Program. Check it out.



Psoriasis And Exercise

psoriasis and exerciseThose With Psoriasis Benefit From Significantly From Exercise

Psoriasis and exercise are a good combination if you are looking for ways to minimise your psoriasis flare-ups. Regular exercise also helps to reduce stress levels, and stress is one of the leading triggers when it comes to flare-ups or psoriasis aggravations.

Dr. Alan Menter, chairman of the division of dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, believes that exercise can certainly play a significant role in the holistic treatment of psoriasis. Menter mentioned to WebMD that those who have psoriasis are on average 7 percent heavier in body weight that those who don’t have psoriasis.

The most probably cause my guess is that those who have psoriasis have more inflammation in their bodies in general, particularly those who are obese. The fatter a person is, the more inflammation they will be producing as a consequence due to their increased number of fat cells, which produce inflammation themselves. So the bigger a psoriasis patient gets, the more inflammation they will be experiencing, the worse the skin flares and the worse the joint pain if they have psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis patients also tend to be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and regular exercise will help them to lower these risks as well. Leading psoriasis experts also believe those who lose weight find that their psoriasis medications tend to work better, requiring lower dosages and consequently they will experience fewer side effects.

Psoriasis Exercise Has Its Challenges

I’ve discovered over the years after seeing many psoriasis patients in my clinic that many are embarrassed and ashamed of their patches of red, itchy and flaky skin. They may want to consider that the combination of psoriasis and exercise go a long way towards reducing these ugly red patches. And even know many who have psoriasis understand the benefits of exercise, most will not want to go out and bare their arms or legs at the local gym or swimming pool, and this is totally understandable. Playing tennis or a social game of golf may turn a lot of psoriasis sufferers right off.

To avoid people staring, many with psoriasis simply won’t go out much in the warmer weather or bare their skin. You can see the problems that this will eventually bring, not wanting to go out and exercise and feeling socially isolated make it a lot easier for a person gain weight. If you combine these kinds of behavior along with overeating or over drinking, you have a sure fire recipe for weight gain and obesity.

Psoriasis patients need to be mindful of the kinds of skin and joint aggravations that may occur with exercise. Friction and sweating in areas like the abdominal folds, armpits, breast or groin areas can worsen psoriasis, and anything that places excess stress on the skin may trigger a skin flare up within a week or two.

Those with psoriatic arthritis need to be mindful that exercise can place a lot of additional stress on their joints as well, causing joint pain ranging from mild to quite severe.

Here are some great psoriasis and exercise links for you to explore:

Great tips on exercising when you have psoriasis.

Treating psoriasis with exercise.

5 Tips To Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups When Exercising

  • The first thing you will want to do is to prevent trauma to your skin by excess rubbing or friction.
  • Be careful not to use water that is too hot, and no excess rubbing and scrubbing that may aggravate your skin.
  • Wear loose exercise clothing to prevent constriction and areas of friction.
  • Lubricate areas before you exercise, such as the groin, under the breasts or between the thighs to prevent chaffing. I’d recommend a little Jojoba oil, and not to use those petroleum (crude oil derivative) products.
  • Consider training in the comfort of your own home if you have any skin flare ups, and be sure to venture outdoors when you feel OK about exercising around other people.

8 Best Psoriasis Exercise Tips

psoriasis exercise tipsDon’t Let Psoriasis Put You Off Exercise!

It was time for me to write a blog post outlining some great psoriasis exercise tips. I have found that those who exercise quite vigorously every day may be doing themselves a disservice. Those who are too vigorous may even possibly be aggravating their psoriasis because of how much stress they place on their metabolism, skin and their digestive system. This is not something I have read anywhere else; it is a personal observation I have made in my clinic after working with many athletes and patients who exercise a lot that have psoriasis.

Exercise heats up the body, and it is important for you to not only understand that and kind of skin lesions or infections are aggravated or exacerbated by exercise due to the increased moisture caused by perspiration, I believe that any psoriasis can possibly be aggravated by any exercise that is too vigorous or too excessive.

Here Are Some Great Psoriasis Exercise Tips

  1. Those with chronic psoriasis need to take extra care and shower immediately after any exercise and wear cotton undergarments.
  2. Cool the body down gradually after you exercise by having a tepid then cool shower. This will prevent you body from maintaining a slightly higher than normal peripheral temperature which can aggravate a yeast infection, an increase in digestive problems and disturbed sleep.
  3. Avoid having a sauna if you have a chronic yeast infection, it will heat your body core up too much, I’ve found that saunas frequently aggravate those with chronic yeast infections and some just feel worse and may even experience headaches, dizziness and many different types of skin and digestive flare-ups.
  4. Those with athlete’s foot need to dry their feet carefully in particular after showering and wear sandals preferably until the feet are completely dry. Buy a few pairs of top quality running shoes and be sure to rotate them, place a few drops in the toe and heel area once per week, this will help to completely eradicate athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus in time. Be patient! Apply a little tea tree oil to the nails and feet after drying them.
  5. Guys with jock itch should also shower immediately after any exercise, dry themselves carefully and thoroughly and wear 100% cotton undergarments only.
  6. Don’t use antiperspirants! You don’t want to block the flow of perspiration, and if you want to mask any body odor then use an organic product like Aubrey Organics or the brand called Jason.
  7. Be especially careful of not falling into the trap of carbohydrate replenishing drinks if your cycle or run. Many people drink energy drinks, soda drinks or those fancy sports drinks that contain a high amount of refined carbohydrates. And I’m sorry, but you won’t “burn it off” because you are exercising!
  8. Keep yourself well hydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Water improves most all aspects of your digestive system and allows the body to fight a yeast infection all by itself generally.

You can read more psoriasis exercise tips here:

Psoriasis and activity: More exercise will help you fight the disease.