With psoriasis the skin creates red crusty patches that can sometimes results in a scale like texture. It normally appears in the scalp, on the elbows, knees and lower back. However if the case is bad, it can appear anywhere on the body.
My father has battled with psoriasis since I was a kid and as a body builder it really affected his confidence. Unfortunately, we live in an age where having perfect skin 24 seven are a lot of peoples aspirations; in terms of what we look like. We are bombarded with perfectly clear skin, so it is no surprise that psoriasis (in the most severe cases) Controls People’s daily lives as they feel too self-conscious to wear certain clothes or even do sports, and hey even Kim Kardashian can’t evade it!
Sadly it is a chronic disease that never fully goes away. Mental health and lives general stresses play a big part in triggering psoriasis, including what you eat and current weather conditions. Genetics can also take part in the inevitability of developing psoriasis, this is true in my case. Even though mine is an extremely mild example I get it when I am stressed, tired or just rundown. It usually flares up on my elbow or along my hairline.
Psoriasis is not a fully understood aliment. An average person’s skin cells renew every 3 to 4 months, however this process lasts 3 to 7 days with someone with psoriasis, creating a buildup of skin cells. This is thought to be a result of a problem with the immune system.
So, what are the triggers?
- It has been known to develop due to skin injury such as, a burn, cut or lesion.
- Studies have shown that a throat infection can also trigger symptoms of psoriasis.
- Using particular medicines can cause the disease
Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis but nutrition may help alleviate the symptoms, however there is no formal evidence of this.
Research has shown that a gluten-free diet and nutritional supplements, which strengthen the immune system, has had a significant impact on the symptoms of psoriasis.
So, for those of you who suffer from this less than pretty disease, I recommend changing a few simple habits to help improve your symptoms.
5 tips to reduce psoriasis
- Try A gluten-free diet. Individuals who suffer we psoriasis went on a gluten-free diet and the effects after a few days where significant. The people found that products high in yeast and wheat irritated their symptoms.
- Cut down on alcohol and smoking, this can increase the sereverity of your case.
- Try eating an all round healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and protein. It has been proven that people who carry a couple of extra pounds are more likely to develop psoriasis.
- Read my immune boosting post to find what foods can help you alleviate the symptoms.