6 Ways to Cope With the Stigma of Psoriasis
Every unbalance has the “root” of the problem, many are of emotional unresolved issues, finding the root of your issue is key. I have seen in Iridology the markings – your body remembers traumas and these must be resolved. I used to give classes about this topic and clients advance quickly in the recovery.
Having a network of supportive family, friends, and others can buoy you against life’s more difficult aspects. If you don’t have the support you need, there are psoriasis support groups that meet in person and online.
Many things affect psoriasis flares, but having a base of good health habits is always useful to your physical and mental well-being. Exercise, particularly, has been linked to improved body image, and that can help you feel less self-conscious.
Certain foods may affect your psoriasis symptoms. Learn how an anti-inflammatory diet that includes fish and antioxidant-rich foods could help improve the way you feel.
Gluten and Yeast
The link between psoriasis and gluten-intolerance is not fully understood, but some research suggests that people who have celiac disease, which is marked by a sensitivity to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley), may be at increased risk for psoriasis. For these people, a gluten-free diet could lead to improvement in psoriasis symptoms. For everyone else, however, “while some skin conditions are worsened by wheat, no scientific studies support a gluten-free diet for psoriasis,” Yamauchi says. Some patients also feel yeast plays a role in worsening psoriasis. Again, no studies support the theory, but it couldn’t hurt to eliminate yeast for awhile and see if it helps.
Dairy, fatty red meats, alcohol, fried foods could worsen psoriasis.
Fish and Omega-3s
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids (essential fatty acids found in some fish) help reduce inflammation. In addition, the American Heart Association recommends that people eat fatty fish, such as albacore tuna, mackerel, salmon, herring, and lake trout, at least two times a week to protect against heart disease. Because people with psoriasis have more risk of heart disease, it makes sense for them to include anti-inflammatory omega-3s in their diet, Yamauchi says. However, no studies have found a benefit from fish oil for psoriasis.
Beware of Fad Diets for Psoriasis
One of the worst things you can do for your psoriasis is follow a fad or extreme psoriasis diet. A fad diet can rob your body of the nutrients it needs. “People with psoriasis hear of something that works for someone and want to try it, too,” Yamauchi says. “But if they follow extreme diets, it hurts rather than benefits them.” The best psoriasis diet is a healthy one — low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Herbals for Psoriasis
Skin Detox (Ayurvedic) #1298-8 As the largest organ of the body, the skin keeps outside invaders from entering the body, while it aids the blood in clearing toxins from the inside. The skin often reflects the condition of internal organs, especially when the blood is carrying a toxic overload. Sometimes, the skin helps the blood by storing toxins until the blood can handle them once again or tries to push the toxins out of the body via acne, boils and eczema.
The herbal combination Skin Detox is an Ayurvedic formula composed of sixteen herbs that benefit the skin. Skin Detox reduces skin inflammation and irritation, nourishes the skin and helps get rid of toxins which may be irritating the skin. It is useful for skin conditions like acne, boils, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections and topical ulcerations.
HSN-W (Hair-Skin-Nail), Zinc & Vitamin A&D
Tiao He Cleanse, BP-X or Enviro-Detox
Oregon Grape internally and externally
Herbal Skin Treatment (Lotion)
Daily bath with Roman Chamomile, Oregano & Lavender OILS
MSM with Glucosamine Cream, Pau D’Arco Lotion
Super Omega 3 EPA, Super GLA & DHA
Black Currant Oil (Capsules)
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