Psoriasis Detox Hints And Tips

Psoriasis Detox Hints And Tips

Some Important And Handy Psoriasis Detox Hints And Tips:

1.Never over-eat on a detox. Eat less, not more, eat more slowly and concentrate on smaller portion sizes. Use smaller dinner plates, that way they will look rather full when you place a smaller portion on them, a good trick. 2. Try not to eat late at night or within 2 hours of going to bed. 3. Drink plenty of good quality water each and every day. 4. Do not drink within 30 minutes of main meals, and try to wait 30 minutes after meals before consuming liquids. 5. Always chew your foods slowly and thoroughly before swallowing. 6. Don’t read anything or watch TV when you eat, relax and enjoy your foods. 7. With very high levels of toxins, we generally recommend that you go easy at first, try slowly detoxing over a 2 – 4 month period for best results. It takes about that time to rest & restore your digestive function. 8. Did you get a headache or hung-over feeling within the first three days of the detox? Then reduce the dosages of supplements, take it easy and prolong your detox. You will have significantly fewer aggravations and feel much better in the long run. 9. For optimal results, I recommend sauna therapy; one or two saunas are generally enough per week. 10. Do you want your liver to be in top shape? Then cut out all alcohol for two months entirely whilst you adopt this dietary approach. I will simply not believe you if you tell me you feel no different; you will feel fabulous and probably re-think how much you were drinking previously. I have witnessed this with countless patients over the years, many of which were only drinking one or two glasses per evening. Try it and see for yourself. 11. Dry skin brushing is a most beneficial practice. Do this each day before you have a bath or shower. You will love the results. Avoid the psoriatic plaque areas naturally, and be sure to go easy at first. 12. Water at the rate of 30 – 35mls per kg of your bodyweight is your daily target to drink. Six to eight glasses, each and every day. Best looking skin belongs to those who are hydrated the most. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself! 13. Visit a well-stocked health food shop for special foods and do visit the Farmer’s type Markets for great organic produce. 14. For an additional boost (particularly if you have poor immunity and suffer from stress) have a second glass of water after your lemon juice drink in the morning, add 1 heaping teaspoon of high-quality Vitamin C powder. 15. Do you have a bowel that needs a helping hand? Linseed & sunflower & almond (LSA) (best ground and sprinkled on salads, cereals or other foods – 2 Tablespoons a day), ground psyllium hulls (mix with water and drink, then another glass of water, they absorb water and clean the intestine) and Aloe Vera juice (add to water or fresh fruit juice), handy for restoring bowel function, clears junk out of the bowel – stay on this regularly for 3 months for the best effect. Read more hints and tips in the Psoriasis Diet.

Liver And Psoriasis

The Important Connection Between Your Liver And Psoriasis

The liver is the largest organ in your body; it is the major cleanser and filter of the blood stream and plays a critical role in keeping you healthy and free from an incredible amount of toxins and chemicals that make their way into your diet. The liver contains many cells called Kupffer cells that ingest and break down toxic matter, it has been discovered that there are more than an incredible 300 billion Kupffer cells!

The liver is such an amazing filter that it is even capable of breaking down a wide range micro-organisms as well, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and many different kinds of parasites from the bloodstream. The liver, like any filter, requires regular cleaning for optimal performance. It has been estimated that the liver performs over 500 different functions inside your body, and regular care and cleansing of your liver will not only ensure that it’s many functions will become improved over time, but that your overall health and well being improves to a remarkable degree.

You will be able to read a lot more about the importance of liver cleansing when it comes to psoriasis in The Psoriasis Program.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Psoriasis

I discovered several studies ( 1,2) that point out the liver’s connection and psoriasis.

In particular, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects about half of patients with plaque psoriasis and a functional liver disorder is strongly associated with psoriasis severity, Italian researchers have shown in 2009. Their findings come from a prospective clinical study involving 130 patients presenting with chronic plaque psoriasis and 260 healthy people without psoriasis, matched for age, gender and body mass index. Research has also discovered that the traditional and commonly prescribed systemic anti-psoriatic drugs (such as Methotrexate) for chronic plaque psoriasis in those with NAFLD may cause major side-effects and predispose a person to other chronic diseases.

Patients with psoriasis should be encouraged to correct modifiable liver risk factors, such as becoming overweight or obese and moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, because modifying these risk factors will not only positively affect both their psoriasis and risk of other diseases, but their life expectancy as well.

1. Dermatol Ther. 2010 Mar-Apr;23(2):155-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.,2010. Psoriasis, the liver, and the gastrointestinal tract. Gisondi P, Del Giglio M, Cozzi A, Girolomoni G. Department of Medicine, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. [email protected]

Your Kidneys And Psoriasis

Your Kidneys And Psoriasis Have A Special Relationship

Your kidneys play a very important role when it comes to cleansing the body of toxins. These two little hardworking organs positioned in your lower back filter all your blood, around 6 litres of it, twice every hour, filtering out any dangerous impurities and discarding them out of the body by way of the urine.

The kidneys are selective filtration organs, they hold back vital nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, glucose and amino acids, returning these back to the bloodstream yet allow wastes to be efficiently eliminated from the body.

Once protein has been used by your body, the end product called urea is eliminated from the body by way of the kidneys. The kidneys keep the urea balance, and too much urea can be even life threatening.

The kidneys are most important to your health, and like the liver which we will talk about in another post, perform an amazing amout of functions. For example, they help with the production of red blood cells, assist in the control and regulation of blood pressure, and even help maintain the body’s acid/alkaline balance which is of most importance when it comes to psoriasis. You can read all about acid and alkaline and psoriasis in my book The Psoriasis Diet.

What most people are not aware of is that kidney disease, just like heart disease, is silent, and the symptoms may not show up until the situation becomes critical. When you have psoriasis, you will want to keep your large intestine, kidneys, liver as well as your lungs all in optimal shape. This will ensure that the most important elimination organs are functioning at their best, which in turn will help to optimize your chance of beating psoriasis. If you keep these organs functioning at their very best then you may be able to keep those psoriatic plaques at bay forever. I have seen this occur in many cases of psoriasis, and for this reason wrote a book entirely on the subject of internal cleansing and detox for my Psoriasis Program.

Just like the large intestine, there are many potential signs and symptoms of problematic kidney function, and it is therefore most important for you to know the symptoms of kidneys that are not functioning optimally.

I have listed the most common signs here for your convenience, and if you recognize any of these then I can highly recommend you take action. Some you may be familiar with, others perhaps not, but if you have psoriasis any symptoms in this list then you are well advised to improve the health of your urinary system. It is important to recognize the symptoms of kidney diseases so that you can correct any problems early on.

Kidney Symptoms To Be Aware Of:

1. Changes in urinary frequency. This may be the first symptom for many people; they may discover that they urinate more or less frequently. The urine may be darker in colour and smell offensive. There could be an increased urge to urinate or a problem in actually urinating. 2. Blood in the urine. This is called haematuria and is a real concern. Blood in the urine can have several causes and should be immediately investigated by your doctor. 3. Difficulty or pain when passing urine. Again, if you have problems trying to pass urine or experience pain you should go to your doctor as soon as possible. A urine test will be able to discover whether your have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Signs and symptoms of a UTI include pain, burning or stinging during urination. It is important to receive the right treatment if you have a UTI, because the infection may spread to the kidneys and cause fever and severe pain. 4. Feeling cold or chilly all the time. Those with kidney disease may feel cold even when it is warm due to anaemia or a chronic condition called pyelonephritis (kidney infection) that may cause chills or a fever. 5. Extreme fatigue. Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin, responsible for helping to make red blood cells (RBCs). These red blood cells help to carry oxygen throughout your body, and a lack of RBCs can cause anaemia, a condition responsible for generalized weakness and in some cases extreme fatigue. 6. Poor concentration and dizziness. This may be the result of a lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain cause by the anaemia. 7. Swelling and oedema. Healthy kidneys ensure that any excess fluids along with wastes are efficiently removed from the body. When the kidneys cannot perform their task, fluid may build up causing swelling or puffiness in the hands, feet, lower legs, ankles and face. 8. Skin itching or rashes. Those with psoriasis may miss this common symptom of kidney disease, dismissing it as a skin problem rather than a kidney problem. Wastes that build up in the blood stream can be as a result of failing kidneys. The itching may be very severe and cause numerous skin rashes. 9. Metallic taste in the mouth and ammonia breath. High levels or urea may build up in the blood stream as kidney failure ensues. The urea is eventually broken down to ammonia in the saliva, which may cause “ammonia breath” and give the person an unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth. 10. Shortness of breath. Anaemia can cause a shortness of breath, and chronic kidney disease can allow fluid to build up in the lungs causing shortness of breath. 11. Feeling sick and nauseous. This may occur with chronic kidney disease due to a build-up of waste products in the blood stream. 12. Dull pain in the back or sides. I have noticed this in many patients over the years that believed the dull pain to be a problem with the back, when in fact it was a kidney (or adrenal gland) problem. The pain can range from a very low-grade and dull pain right up to a severe cramping pain spreading from the lower back down into the groin region. Severe pain is more common with a kidney stone. Any pain should be immediately investigated, particularly if recurrent and severe.

The Kidney Detox

A Kidney Detox Is Important But Generally Overlooked

The kidney detox is an important consideration when it comes to psoriasis recovery. We spoke earlier of the kidneys, and their importance when it comes to cleansing and detox. The kidneys are a regulatory organ, they help to control the levels of electrolytes, and when salt is dissolved its elements sodium and chloride become important electrolytes, responsible for transferring the electrical activity within your body.

The kidney is also responsible for blood pressure regulation as well as ensuring you have a correct acid base balance (pH levels); kidneys even stimulate the production of red blood cells within your body. Each day your kidneys process a staggering 230 liters of blood (400 pints) and manage to remove an incredible 2.2 liters (4 pints) of wastes!

Without optimal kidney function, toxic wastes would simply build up in our blood stream causing infection, inflammation and we would soon develop kidney stones or they would fail altogether causing premature death. It is important to remember the kidney damage takes place ever so slowly and gradually – and generally without symptoms, and if left untreated, kidney disease can become irreversible leading to kidney failure.

The kidneys are also responsible for excreting many different waste products, toxins and chemicals from your body. These toxins are many and varied and can come from a wide variety of sources, including chemicals and toxins in your food and water, pharmaceutical drugs, environmental chemicals (pesticides, etc.), alcohol residues, various forms of pollution and radiation and many other potential toxins. When the kidneys fail to function optimally, these toxins can potentially cause many different health problems like headaches, high blood pressure, nausea, itchy skin, fatigue and a host of other problems.

I have always found it amazing that a lot of emphasis is placed on liver and bowel detoxification, but nobody ever speaks of kidney cleansing or detoxification when it comes to psoriasis. I did notice that Dr. John Pagano in his book “Healing Psoriasis” mentions the kidney’s role in cleansing and psoriasis, one of the first books I have seen that makes the connection between optimal kidney function and skin health.

Kidney Disease More Likely with Moderate to Severe Psoriasis

An analysis of the medical records of 143,883 psoriasis patients in the United Kingdom found that people with severe psoriasis were twice as likely to acquire chronic kidney disease as those whose psoriasis was mild or who had no psoriasis at all. The analysis is reported in the British Medical Journal.1

It certainly makes a lot of sense to improve the functioning of your kidneys if you have psoriasis, especially if your psoriasis is severe of chronic. Why wait until you are taking many different kinds of drugs to control symptoms, drugs which are linked with kidney and liver toxicity?

There are many different herbal medicines, juices and different dietary supplement formulations that will help tone and detoxify the kidneys; some of these include parsley, basil black cherry, celery, watermelon (rich in potassium and very high in water), golden rod and corn silk.

Kidney Cleansing

Drink adequate water every day, this is the most important part of your kidney cleansing regime. Without adequate water, your body is unable to expel wastes through the urinary route efficiently. Wash a small bunch of parsley, add to 600 mls of water (a pint) and simmer in a non-aluminium pot (with the lid on) for 4 minutes. When cool, drink half a cup (about 125ml) and keep the remainder in a glass container in the refrigerator. Drink 125 mls twice daily for seven to ten days. Better results are obtained when you add the (carefully) cleaned roots of a parsley plant that is two years old. This will give your kidneys a really good flush. Take a good quality probiotic capsule three times daily before meals to help repopulate your urinary and digestive tract with beneficial bacteria. Drink in addition during this week a glass of apple juice (organic) to which you have added some kidney herbs. Ask a local herbalist to make you up some liquid herbal medicines, be sure to shake them well before use as kidney herbs are mineral rich and these minerals will sink to the bottom of the container they are dispensed into. I’ve always found that kidney herbs work best if they are taken regularly in liquid form in a little water, it makes sense. 2 free-range eggs Eat more of the following kidney-friendly foods: watermelon, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onions, apples, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, egg whites, and fresh fish. When kidney cleansing, avoid consumption of the following: red meats, white flour and sugar products, rich foods, junk foods, peanuts, spinach and chocolate, all detrimental to a kidney cleansing routine and kidney congesting foods.
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