Psoriasis symptoms are generally cyclic. This means that people who have the disease experience periods of flare-ups in between recovery periods when symptoms are non-existent. The remission period is a time when skin condition improves. It is believed that the food people eat during these periods contribute to the worsening or improvement of the disease.
Through a psoriasis elimination diet, an individual suffering from this type of skin disease can begin eliminating certain groups of foods and observing if symptoms improve upon doing so. There is no standard set of diet choices for this purpose and the process is purely on a trial and error basis. Any improvements or worsening of symptoms are then noted. Doctors also recommend that patients take an active role in identifying foods that may be causing their skin problem. If something seems to cause a flare up, it is a good idea to avoid eating it.
How long should a psoriasis treatment diet last?
According to the Department of Integrative Medicine in the University of Wisconsin, a diet treatment psoriasis plan should not be implemented for a period longer than 2 weeks. By that time, it may already be possible to determine whether or not the food type contributes to the symptoms. Any elimination diet that lasts over a long period may result to nutritional deficiencies in the individual.
What foods should be eliminated?
The 2010 psoriasis diet recommended by a study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology recommends limiting alcohol intake, particularly among men. Foods containing gluten such as breads and pastas have also been known to worsen symptoms in many individuals, as well as those that contain yeast and high amounts of sugar.
Diet and exercise
Patients who decide to use a psoriasis treatment diet are also advised to start an exercise regimen. People who get regular exercises are able to flush toxins out of the body through sweat and urine. Exercise is also known to strengthen the immune system, boosting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Another key step in implementing a treatment diet plan is to ensure healthy food choices by avoiding refined carbohydrates and highly processed foods including white breads and junk foods. Many of these foods contain gluten, salt and chemical or artificial preservatives, flavorings and colorings which often contribute to skin conditions such as allergies. This, in turn could exacerbate psoriatic symptoms that may already be present.
Important reminder: Should you decide to try a psoriasis diet treatment, always consult with your doctor, nutritionist or dietitian first. They can recommend a good plan based on your medical history and current health condition. They can also guide you about what steps to take to ensure that you perform the process correctly and safely.