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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!

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9 Responses to “What Foods to Avoid When You Suffer From Psoriasis (A Naturopathic View)”

  1. ricardo martinez June 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    today i learnt how gluten and dairy products can affect our bodys. good,,

  2. Stevie Madalinski June 7, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Most people will have some problem with allergies or allergic reactions at some point in their lives. Allergic reactions can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening. Most allergic reactions are mild, and home treatment can relieve many of the symptoms. An allergic reaction is more serious when severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs, when allergies cause other problems (such as nosebleeds, ear problems, wheezing, or coughing), or when home treatment doesn’t help.

  3. Christine van Duuren June 13, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Any feedback regarding psoriasis

  4. Anna June 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Thanks for your article! It helped me a lot =)

  5. ROSVITA December 18, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    i have psoriatic arthritis. I went on the Dr Weils diet. Its really hard but it works i was on it for 9 mo. and went off the celebrex completely. I was on the highest dose my doc could give me. but then i deviated….back to regular food and now i’m having a hard time to get back on. I know this diet rather call it a wellness diet really does work. Its like being an know what’s good for you. Anyway the diet consists of no dairy, wheat, fried foods, sugar and nightshade plants which are potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. I also lost wt on this diet I KNOW I NEED TO GET BACK ON IT.

  6. Saju Joy February 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    hi viewers,
    i am psoriasis patient since 4 years,mostly affected on my elbows and Doctor said psoriasis normally affecting by hereditary,he saying my problem is not psoriasis its causes food intolerance. so i did food intolerance test,its showing lot of foods those eatable or not. At present i am on strict diet,only eating apple,banana chicken and beef.i avoided rice,wheat,yeast(bakery) can sugar etc

    If anyone having this experience please share with us.

  7. robert February 23, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    you mention gluten and show a picture of bread brown bread so I assume bread is bad for psoriasis , well is that true well then why didnt you say bread. then you mention dairy products now what am I going to eat and drink for 2 weeks. I hate coffey too.

    you say if a person gives up dairy products for 2 weeks they will notice degree in flare ups what are you trying to say will there be an increase or decrease please explain THIS IS BAD BAD ENGLISH will they notice an increase or decrease please

    the fact this is on a medical website MAKES THIS OBSCENE
    and that it is also such a sparce one. very little information a few sentences; and even this was could not be done right ON A vast sparce website no excuse is acceptable pure incompatence and

    • Heid June 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      Food sensitivity tests are not scientifically proven to be an effective indicator that you actually have a sensitivity to a particular food. Do your research, sheeple.

      Also, Robert, you’re an idiot.

    • che June 16, 2014 at 2:02 am #

      If you read it properly its quite clear what is being said ^^