Psoriasis flares can be painful and downright disruptive. When you have scaly red patches on your hands or places that are hard to conceal, it’s easy to feel like staying indoors for the remainder of your flare-up is better than dodging questions and staring eyes.
While Psoriasis is an incurable disease, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to manage your flares or lessen the symptoms. Along with the topical creams, oral medications, and injections, another way to help improve the frequency of your flare-ups is by looking at what’s on your dinner plate.
Food plays an important role in managing psoriasis symptoms and we’re going to explore how your food sensitivities may be playing a major role in…
What exactly is psoriasis?
Psoriasis comes in many shapes and sizes but can be thought of as an immune system response that causes the skin to regenerate faster than normal. This is why certain things like stress, infections, and even secondhand smoke can trigger it.
Historically, the stigmatization of people suffering from psoriasis led to little or no treatment advancement for hundreds of years. This is because psoriasis sufferers were classified as lepers until Ferdinand Von Hebra isolated it as its Own condition.
While it wasn’t an unknown disease, it wasn’t very well documented until the late 19th century.
No matter whether you have plaque psoriasis or the more rare erythrodermic psoriasis, taking a closer look at the foods you eat may help alleviate your symptoms.
Food vs. flare-ups
Because psoriasis is an immune system response, we can safely say that what you eat has an effect on the severity of your symptoms and the frequency of your flare-ups. For example, foods with arachidonic acid like red meat and eggs have been known to exacerbate symptoms.
More foods that are known to cause flare-ups are nightshades, gluten, dairy, and especially alcohol. There are also the unknown triggers that come from your own food sensitivities.
For example, let’s say that you try to do a psoriasis-specific elimination diet. You follow it to a T but your symptoms aren’t getting much better. Without a food sensitivity test, you wouldn’t know that you have a particular sensitivity to shellfish and salmon and those are the culprits sabotaging your best efforts.
You need nutritional support
Sure, taking a food sensitivity test is a great first step to taking back control of your psoriasis flare-ups, but without the right nutritional guidance, understanding how to eliminate certain foods becomes difficult.
Habits, especially food-related habits are well ingrained in all of us. Changing your diet to help treat your psoriasis shouldn’t leave you feeling unsatisfied or lost. In order to make the most of your new regiment, medically backed nutritional support while on your elimination diet is crucial.
Get tested for peace of mind
Even if your current treatments work well, the power of knowing which foods may be aggravating your symptoms is better than not knowing and unintentionally sabotaging yourself.
Immuno Labs makes food sensitivity testing easy. Our simple Food Sensitivity Bloodprint Panel is a strick to the finger and you’re done!
You get your lab results in as little as two to three days and personalized nutritional coaching for 90 days. Ask your doctor about getting a food sensitivity test and finally get the answers you need to help you treat your psoriasis symptoms.