What Foods to Avoid When You Suffer From Psoriasis (A Naturopathic View)
As we discussed in in my previous article, your skin is a reflection of what is happening inside your body. The body separates nutrients and waste through the liver, kidneys, lungs (through breathing), and skin to remove waste from your body.
Food allergies, like stress, could trigger psoriasis in certain individuals. Most people relate allergic reactions to an IgE response. An IgE response is an immediate response to ingestion of a trigger such as peanuts. A person’s airway may begin to close, swelling of the face or other body part, and other more emergent symptoms occur in an individual who suffers from an IgE reaction.
Food allergies are commonly related to an IgG response. This is considered a delayed allergy. It may take 2-14 days to experience symptoms such as brain fog, bloating, congestion, arthritis, joint stiffness, acne, and the list goes on. The most common food allergies are soy, shellfish, corn, wheat, dairy, eggs and gluten. Let’s take a closer look at gluten, dairy, and eggs.
Gluten and Psoriasis
Gluten, a protein found in grains (wheat, rye, barley, spelt), for example, could trigger psoriasis. The immune system attacks the body with the impression that gluten is a foreign invader.
Gluten sensitivity is when you notice reactions such as bloating, gas, itching, etc after ingesting this protein. Most people who have a reaction to gluten fall into this category.
Celiac’s disease is a more severe case of allergic reaction to gliadin, a protein that makes up gluten. In Celiac’s disease, an autoimmune response to gliadin leads to chronic inflammation. The villi in the small intestines are shortened and the person is unable to absorb nutrients. This inflammatory process can lead to diarrhea, fatigue, mouth sores, osteoporosis and constipation. A gluten free diet is mandatory in this case.
Dairy and eggs
Dairy, which includes milk, yogurt, or cheeses produced from cow, are all shown to trigger or aggravate psoriasis. Again, this will vary from person to person. Overall, if a person eliminates dairy from his or her diet for two to four weeks, they will notice a degree in number of flare ups as well as aggravation of psoriasis.
The protein, casein, in dairy may not be properly broken down or triggers an inflammatory response similar to gluten when ingested. This is not to say gluten or dairy is bad for every single person yet, your body, for whatever reason, may see these proteins as a foreign invader and forge an attack.
Give this a try…
If you suffer from psoriasis, try avoiding dairy and gluten for two weeks and see if your psoriasis improves. Keep a log of what you eat and how you feel before and after eating each meal.
In Part 3, we will discuss the 3 vicious cycles involved with Psoriasis. So stay tuned!