If you wonder how the psoriasis diet plan is applied and how it works, you are in the right place. This diet plan may help you manage and control your psoriasis. Here’s how.
What is the Psoriasis Diet Plan?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that causes dandruff on the skin, forming dark-colored thickened plaques. These plaques may remain on the skin permanently or, depending on the type, may appear only during flare up periods. In order to control their psoriasis, patients must pay attention to their nutrition. Normally, the regeneration cycle of a skin cell takes 28 days. In psoriasis, the situation is different and the cycle is reduced to 4 days. This is actually the effective cause of the main symptoms of the disease.
Symptoms of the disease include structural deterioration of the nails, pits in the skin, scalp dandruff, and skin rashes on the knees and elbows. When these skin rashes were examined, it was seen that their content consisted of proteins, sulphurous substances and amino acid nitrogen. For this reason, a psoriasis diet plan that is low in protein, contains 4-5 grams of nitrogen, provides sufficient calorie intake, and is low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids is recommended.
So why Omega 3? According to research, psoriasis incidence has been found to be low among the Japanese, Norwegians and Inuits. This is attributed to the high content of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. The use of omega-3, which is known to have high anti-inflammatory effects, by psoriasis patients, has been positively associated with disease prevention and progression. Daily consumption of oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon, geranium, smoked and fresh herring rich in omega-3 will positively affect the course of the disease.
What are the Triggers of Psoriasis?
Stress is The Biggest Factor
There are many factors that trigger psoriasis, but the first one is stress. The second most important factor is the medications taken with certain foods. For example, a young woman entered puberty and went through a stressful period. Psoriasis breaks out on the arm, elbow, leg of the young girl’s body and especially on the scalp behind the ear (these are the most commonly affected areas in women). It is very common for psoriasis to remain dormant for many years between flare ups, only emerging at times of extreme stress.
We all know that nutrition is important in psoriasis. Attention should be paid especially to foods that cause increased blood flow to the skin. Alcohol is one of them. Spicy foods like sausage, chili peppers, and other excessively spicy foods should be avoided. Red foods can give the same effect. For example, tomatoes and eggplant are among the foods that are not good for psoriasis. In particular, it is necessary to avoid foods that increase itching, such as potato chips, fried potatoes, pickles. It is best if patients must follow a diet for at least a short period of time, to control and prevent psoriasis flare ups. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about this diet soon.
Which Skin Is At Risk?
Psoriasis likes dry skin. There are many types of the disease, but the most common affects dry skin. For example, many patients go to the doctor only complaining of rashes on their elbows and knees. When the patient is examined more carefully, the doctor notices that he has oily skin. For this reason, the disease remained limited only in the knees and elbows. There are many examples like this. Appointments to check patients are usually really short. The oil moisture balance of the patient is checked for an average of 5-6 minutes. The skin is checked for new lesions and the examination is terminated by giving various recommendations to the patient.
Psoriasis Diet Plan
You can find a sample meal plan below. This plan is a sample list of a diet for psoriasis.
- Vegetable omelette
- 5-6 pieces of raw almonds
- Seasonal vegetables and greens
- Whole wheat bread
- Grain salad with grilled salmon
- A glass of buttermilk
- Whole wheat breadsticks
- 2 walnuts
- Green beans meal cooked with olive oil
- Whole wheat bread
- 1 bowl of yogurt
- 1 cup of herbal tea
- Fresh fig
How Should Nutrition Be in Psoriasis?
Clinical studies show that losing weight significantly reduces symptoms. A low calorie diet and weight loss improve the quality of life. It was revealed that both the symptoms and the medicine doses used decreased in patients who underwent bariatric surgery.
- There is evidence that alcohol consumption triggers psoriasis. Alcoholism is more common in these patients. Alcoholism also increases the severity of psoriasis. Treatment resistance is also higher in psoriasis patients who drink heavily. Treatment-related liver poisoning is common in alcoholic patients.
- The consumption of unsaturated fatty acids reduces the symptoms of psoriasis. While some scientific studies show that fish and fish oil improve symptoms, there are also studies that do not support this finding.
- The effectiveness of vitamin D, which is used superficially in psoriasis lesions, is well known. However, the effectiveness of oral vitamin D is controversial. Vitamin D can reduce the side effects of medications used in treatment, metabolic syndrome symptoms, and cardiovascular risks.
- Celiac disease and psoriasis can sometimes go together. Lesions regress when these patients are fed a gluten-free diet.
- Increased oxidative stress and free radicals are found in the blood in psoriasis patients. In particular, antioxidants such as selenium, vitamin E and beta carotene can balance and eliminate this oxidative stress.
- Folic acid deficiency is observed in the majority of patients. Low folic acid levels increase the severity of the disease. Folic acid therapy also has a protective effect against heart diseases.
Printable (PDF) Psoriasis Diet Plan
5-6 pieces of raw almonds
Seasonal vegetables and greens
Whole wheat bread
|Lunch||Grain salad with grilled salmon
A glass of buttermilk
Whole wheat breadsticks
|Dinner||Green beans meal cooked with olive oil
Whole wheat bread
1 bowl of yogurt
|Snack||1 cup of herbal tea