What foods to avoid for psoriasis is quite a tricky question to answer as it often depends on each person’s ability to process certain foods. As we will see in this article there are however certain foods that are better to avoid.
Basically, it is rather up to each one of us to analyse our reactions over certain meals and keep a record of what is best to avoid in future.
Food is often blamed as one of the likely causes of the development and worsening of psoriasis but yet no serious scientific study has so far been able to demonstrate the real influence of diet on psoriasis.
However, we all know that our health also depends on what goes through our plate, so what is it?
Are there foods to avoid for psoriasis, or are there others that are favorable to cope with psoriasis?
Here is a summary of the current knowledge on the subject.
The impact of diet on psoriasis
1 – Psoriasis and nutrition:
A hypothesis is formulated regarding a possible relationship between psoriasis and diet: intestinal permeability.
Abnormal intestinal permeability would allow larger and potentially deleterious molecules to enter the blood resulting in an excessive immune response. This immune reaction would therefore result in the appearance and / or development of psoriasis.
Therefore, and if this hypothesis is confirmed by further scientific studies, psoriasis and diet would be intrinsically linked. As the precautionary principle is always welcome in this kind of situation here are some dietary advice.
2 – What foods to avoid for psoriasis:
Based on the previous hypothesis, if you suffer from psoriasis you will avoid ingestion of arachidonic acid which may aggravate your inflammation. This acid is present in the fat of animals which means that you must avoid eating too much red meat such as beef or lamb but also egg yolk, and logically, fat dairy products, that is to say i.e., butter, crème fraîche, whole milk, yogurt or some high-fat cheese.
For the same reason (aggravation of inflammation), you will avoid eating foods rich in linoleic or omega-6 acids that are particularly present in sunflower oil or mayonnaise and commercial vinaigrettes.
Other studies have also pointed out that people with psoriasis have a higher saturated fat content than those who do not. Therefore you are also advised to look closely at the fatty acid content of the foods you eat and for this purpose: avoid the bacon that contains a lot.
Finally it is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption considerably. And yes, alcohol inflicts a great deal of stress on our liver, dehydrates our body, stimulates the formation of keratinocytes (skin cells that are excessively produced by a person suffering from psoriasis) and increases the permeability of the intestine. So, to avoid at all costs.
3 – Fight psoriasis with your diet
If there are foods to avoid when you have psoriasis, there are others that fortunately are favorable.
First of all you will favor whole grains: rich in fiber they are beneficial for the intestinal flora and therefore decreases the permeability. Rather than the classic white bread you normally buy, opt for a wholemeal bread made of different flours and grains. Same approach when buying your rice, wheat or couscous: get in the habit of preferring the “complete”. Also favor cane sugar to white sugar for example.
For the same reason (improving the intestinal flora) and because they are particularly rich in antioxidants, you will focus on fresh fruits and vegetables including carrots and tomatoes.
Finally you will opt for extra virgin olive or colza oil (which does not contain saturated fatty acids) and will eat fish at least once a week.
The last piece of advice you can give yourself to deal with psoriasis through your diet is to take the time to eat: the more you chew the food, the better it is digested, easily and quickly, which is good for your intestines.
Eating is not just about eating
Eating is also a social, sensual, emotional and vital act, in the strictest sense. We eat most often because we are hungry; sometimes also to fill an emotional lack or to please our guests; or also for medical reasons.
We all want to “eat well”, if only because of the impact, now scientifically proven, of food on health. Healthy eating is the foundation of good health and a key element in the development of human health. It becomes a necessity if ever we have some health issues, such a psoriasis for example.
But what does eating mean? Many different things, and sometimes contradictory, according to the point of view that one places oneself, according to our culture, our way of life, our beliefs, our values … Not easy to find oneself, especially that food theories abound, and are also often contradictory.
When it comes to fighting particular diseases or conditions, there are a multitude of dietary recommendations and specific diets, where the types of foods and portions are precisely determined. There are several of them that we will be discussing in future articles, so for now …
… let’s start our day with a healthy breakfast
What about an Omega-3 Omelet with capers and red onions?
Ingredients (serves 3)
4 omega-3 enriched eggs large
1 chopped red onion
3 teaspoon of capers
2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Half a tablespoon of water
A quarter teaspoon of salt
Oil a non-stick frying pan with a paper towel soaked in the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the chopped onion and fry until it is nearly golden.
Beat the eggs, mix in the water, and the salt together in a small dish. Add the capers into the blend, then pour it over the onions.
Cook until the eggs are just firm. Turn the omelet over just once, then transfer your omelet onto a dish. Garnish as desired.
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