The Psoriasis Diet

Why Change Your Diet If You Have Psoriasis?

The Psoriasis Diet is an extremely important consideration when it comes to looking for a permanent psoriasis resolution. Every single patient I have seen over the years with psoriasis has benefited immensely from changing their diet, I have seen no exceptions.

The same holds true for those with eczema and dermatitis, a good diet plan can bring about a huge change in the symptoms. It makes sense to change your diet as soon as possible if you have psoriasis, or more likely as soon as you’ve had enough of the itchy, scaly red skin that always seems to irritate you, either by the symptoms felt on a daily basis, like showering for some, or by the unsightly lesions you would rather be rid of.

We tend to take great skin for granted, but for those who have psoriasis, they certainly don’t. A fresh whole food diet with minimal animal fat, ample protein such as fish or whole grains, and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables is the best diet for the psoriatic patient.

We tend to take great skin for granted, but for those who have psoriasis they certainly don’t. The best diet for the psoriatic patient is a fresh whole foods diet with minimal animal fat, ample protein such as fish or a whole grain and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Forget About Those Skin Creams

With psoriasis, too much attention is paid to the patient’s skin. Skin specialists offer all kinds of creams, lotions, and potions, but little or no attention is paid to the patient’s inner life. I have always worked from the idea that a person with psoriasis has little to no chance of getting better if their digestive system doesn’t work well.

Psoriasis patients who focus purely on their skin and ignore their digestive system only look forward to reducing their skin-related symptoms, keeping their skin plaques at bay until the next outbreak. Simply by changing their diet, patients take one of the most important steps to ensure they are doing everything in their power to eliminate their psoriasis.

And yes, it IS possible to be almost symptom-free after many years; I have seen that it is possible with many chronic psoriasis cases. The best results have come from those who finally stopped applying all manner of topically suppressive treatments and tackled their diet and lifestyle head on.

So let’s get into the dietary advice to help you recover from those psoriasis flares. Remember that the more you stick with the recommendations, the quicker you will get the results.

Eating Correctly Will Give Great Results With Psoriasis

When you have psoriasis, it is important to adopt good eating habits while at the same time adopt a healthy lifestyle and supplement your diet. In the other psoriasis booklets I’ve written, I’ll explain why this approach is so important if you want a resolution to your recurring psoriasis skin flares.

Your psoriasis diet should include sufficient amounts of fruit and vegetables to give you plenty of fiber, along with sufficient trace elements, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. When you have psoriasis, it is best to limit your consumption of saturated fats (animal fats) as much as possible and to eat plenty of foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as cereals, nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.

Importantly, if you eat too many fatty foods and drink too much alcohol, your liver will be overworked. This will cause toxins to build up in your bloodstream. Studies have shown that the risk of NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)  in psoriatics is approximately twice as high as in the general population. As waste is also eliminated through the skin, the liver must work at full capacity when there is a large amount of toxins, increasing the likelihood of psoriasis flares.

Commit and get results

I have been treating patients with psoriasis for as long as I’ve been in natural medicine practice, for thirty years, and if there is one thing I’ve learned, one vital piece of information when it comes to chronic skin conditions, it is this:

You probably won’t get better unless you are willing to stay on track and keep making the dietary changes for at least 3 to 6 months, but ideally for as long as a year.

The other suggestions are important, such as lifestyle and supplementation, but they are all a complete waste of time unless you are dedicated to staying on track when it comes to the dietary recommendations.

The second thing I must tell you at the beginning, is that I don’t wish to mislead you, some patients simply do not recover as fast as others, and a small percentage do not recover that well at all. But these psoriasis patients tend to be in the minority, I assure you.

In other cases, some people just don’t want to recover for their own specific reasons or just “can’t be bothered” with putting in the effort, and I can sense this after seeing them a few times in my clinic. In that case, if I feel they are not committed or are after a “miracle cure,” I may refer them to somebody else.

I’ve found that psoriasis patients who have chronic skin lesions and a lot of plaques are the most dedicated. These are the people who have tried every trick in the book, gone to dermatologists, doctors, and naturopaths, and tried all the creams and long-term treatments, but are still not cured.

It is possible to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of psoriasis flare-ups. As someone who has worked with many chronic psoriasis patients, I have no doubt that this is possible. For any chronic condition, especially a chronic skin condition, to get better, you have to be persistent and have a lot of patience.

When you have psoriasis, especially chronic psoriasis, one of the most important reasons to eat right is to make sure you have the right (healthy) bacteria in your digestive system. People with lots of good bacteria in their guts seem to have the least trouble with psoriasis.

So, it is very important that you change your diet and stop eating foods that make psoriasis worse. The foods we crave and desire the most are the ones that cause us the most problems. Avoiding these highly desired foods means avoiding as much as possible any refined carbohydrate foods like white flour, refined sugars such as corn syrup and glucose, fruit juices and honey, and more, just look at the “Foods to Avoid” list in the Psoriasis Diet book.

There are countless books and articles I’ve read relating to psoriasis eradication, I’ve tried many diets with patients but have achieved outstanding success with the 3-stage psoriasis diet, which I have found actually works, and it works brilliantly. The thing is to use common sense, and not the latest diet-book fad. If you crave it, then just stop eating it. If it is very sweet in your mouth and you know it is wrong, then stop eating it!

I have found that people with psoriasis often want a certain food or drink, which may be the one that is causing the condition. Think about it for just one moment; are you someone who has a strong desire or craving for a particular food or drink? It is important to remember that poor gut function is commonly associated with psoriasis.

And it is also important to remember that a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables, fruits, and high quality proteins devoid of refined carbohydrates will encourage a healthy gut. After many years of treating people with psoriasis in my clinic, I’m not sure that all patients with gut problems should avoid all fruits. However, I do ask that people with long-term psoriasis follow my eating plan, which is outlined in the book The Psoriasis Diet.

After a huge amount of research into foods and psoriasis, I’ve found out these ten points are the most important when it comes to psoriasis and diet, after interviewing many practitioners and patients who have been successfully cured.

10 best Psoriasis Diet Tips

1. Sugar. Avoid all sugar containing foods and the refined carbohydrates. 2. Complex carbs. Eat more complex carbohydrates (leafy green vegetables especially) 3. Fresh fruits. Eliminate sweet fresh fruits only during the early weeks of the diet. 4. Starchy vegetables. Eliminate starchy vegetables during the first two weeks of the diet if you have digestive problems especially. 5. Nightshades. Eliminate the nightshade family of vegetables (but only as a trial) to see if they cause any aggravation. These include tomatoes, capsicums, chilli, eggplant and potatoes. 6. Animal protein and fat. Reduce animal proteins in general, lamb, fish, chicken, turkey and eggs are preferred to beef and pork. Reduce animal fat as much as possible, it is inflammatory. 7. Gluten. Try to reduce wheat and gluten (as a trial) and eat brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, nuts (but no peanuts), and seeds instead. 8. Eat fresh! Eat as much fresh and unprocessed foods as you can, buy fresh, make fresh, eat fresh! 9. Alcohol. Avoid ALL alcohol and preferably as much coffee and tea as possible. 10. Hydration. Be sure to drink plenty of fresh, clean water every day.

If you suspect or know that you have psoriasis, it is useful to take note of my dietary advice since it does not contradict the general guidelines for healthy eating and has made an enormous difference in the lives of so many patients who, unbeknownst to them, were being made miserable by this condition. Just do the diet strictly for two to four weeks, then slowly include more fresh fruits and starchy vegetables, and as you improve, you will be able to eat a much wider assortment of foods, all in good time.

People with psoriasis often come to our clinic to get help getting rid of it. Many of these people have been following some kind of dietary protocol for a long time, in some cases for many years. Unfortunately, if many of these people don’t follow their diets very strictly and eat foods they could eat years ago for just a day or two, their symptoms come back almost right away.

This does not prove that their diet doesn’t work; it proves that their psoriasis protocol isn’t working for them. The Psoriasis Diet is only one (yet very important) part of eradicating psoriasis, and once you have finished reading my other Psoriasis Program booklets on lifestyle and stress, you will understand what I mean by this.

It is more likely that the person who has had the most difficulty in recovering, will be the one most likely to be suffering from a condition such as adrenal fatigue. Other patients may have some other kind of “obstacle”, and eating a perfect diet certainly won’t make much of a difference in such a case, I can assure you. Just remember, you cannot eradicate your psoriasis purely by diet alone, you may subdue or tame it, but it will be ready to flare up and make your life miserable at the next opportune moment