Improve Psoriasis By Improving Lifestyle
Psoriasis is a chronic ailment that responds very well to a healthy change in diet and lifestyle.In fact, I’ve never seen a psoriasis patient improve significantly long-term without making a long-term lifestyle change. There are definitely ways to prevent outbreaks and deal with symptoms, and they are not that difficult with a bit of thought.
You will find that some lifestyle changes are really simple, while others will be considerably more difficult to adopt. Finding ways to prevent psoriasis outbreaks is a search any sufferer is willing to pursue, and it is the intelligent option. The problem in my clinic when it comes to helping patients overcome their triggers is to identify them, and then once we have uncovered the patient’s actual causes and triggers of their psoriasis we can go about addressing them. Sometimes a patient doesn’t want to change the trigger, it maybe for example due to alcohol or due to a high stress occupation or relationship. In these situations all we can do is the best we can, at least we have made the association and it is up to the patient. In most cases we will be able to determine just what is at the bottom of those flare ups and outbreaks. You may like to read more about the causes and triggers of psoriasis.
The first way to change your lifestyle is to change your diet, take a look at our Psoriasis Diet. Changing your diet can help you lose weight, which may be a factor in triggering psoriasis. Add more fruits and vegetables to the diet and try to remove the animal fats. Use sugars in moderation and watch that alcohol, it is quite possible the biggest dietary trigger, apart from chocolate and candy.
There are many pharmaceutical medications and creams that can be used to treat psoriasis, but they require constant use and can cost lots of money over time. The best thing you can do for yourself initially is to change your lifestyle and prevent the outbreaks. It makes a lot of sense to try this first, instead of adopting not so healthy ways of living and then having to resort to drugs to get rid of the symptoms.
Smoking can trigger outbreaks, so changing your lifestyle towards smoking cessation is a great idea. There are many ways to stop smoking from chewing gums to patches and pills. The sooner you can stop this habit the better. Smoking increases your chances of developing psoriasis in the first place. If you already have psoriasis, your chance of frequent flare-ups is greater if you are a smoker.
As I’ve mentioned, probably the biggest lifestyle change for many is to reduce but preferably stop alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages also increases your changes of outbreaks, and I have seen many psoriasis patients with amazing reduction in their skin plaques by stopping alcohol altogether. Heavy drinking can most certainly bring on psoriasis as well. Your doctor should advise you to limit the amount of alcohol you drink because alcohol seems to be linked to flare-ups. If you are currently experiencing an outbreak, it is a good idea to lay off the alcohol until it subsides. Heavy drinking will also cause frequent flare-ups and prevent the disorder from ever fully going away. Do you drink alcohol and have psoriasis? Then with my strongest recommendation I encourage you to stop long enough for you to see the link. You will.
The final lifestyle change is a focus on stress reduction. Stress is a huge trigger of psoriasis, probably one of the biggest. To understand how stress is linked in with psoriasis, you have to understand about the adrenal gland’s role in improving immunity and suppressing inflammation. Learning ways to manage stress is important for anyone who suffers from the disease. Take some time out of the day to relax, enjoy a book, or take a brisk walk. Try not to take on too much at work and ask for help if needed. Reducing the amount of stress in your life will help prevent future flare-ups.
There is no doubt, stress, alcohol and a poor diet are the three bog ones. If you can manage to get a handle on all these three key areas, you will notice a marked reduction in flare ups and “attacks” of psoriasis.
Putting It All Together
After having worked with psoriasis patients for many years now, I’m convinced that making the right lifestyle changes is paramount for the psoriasis patient, and should be the very first thing he or she considers – before even thinking about any kind of medication. Most people I know with chronic psoriasis know the problem areas in their life, they know the stresses they live under, they know of their dietary indiscretions, late nights and various other lifestyle habits that leave a lot to be desired.
By making basic changes first and then improving your diet and lifestyle even further you may be surprised to discover that your psoriasis isn’t flaring up quite as much as it has in the past. Once you have mastered the ‘basics’ of diet and lifestyle, it is time to get into the treatment, and that’s exactly why I created The Psoriasis Program.