Psoriasis on Lower Legs

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!

12 comments
audry
audry

I have had psoriasis flare ups periodically through out my life. My step daughter suffers as well. My step daughter is severely special needs and has a variety of medical issues. Nine months ago my step daughter was placed on a gluten free casein (dairy) free diet by a dietician to combat many of her medical issues. At the time she was placed on the diet she had an ongoing psoriasis flare up as did I. I began cooking and preparing only casein free gluten free meals for the whole family because it was easier to prepare meals that honored my step daughters diet then it was to prepare two different meals 3 times a day. After approximately a month on the diet my step daughter and I both were no longer experiencing active psoriasis. Since placement on the special diet, my step daughter has had subsequent testing for allergies. My step daughter tested positive for wheat and dairy allergies, meaning she is allergic to wheat and dairy. She also tested positive to a number of other allergies. I think avoiding allergens, whatever they are, is key. All types of allergens can trigger inflammatory responses. Wheat and dairy are just some of the most commonly under diagnosed allergies. To further support the above information, I can continue on with my experience. About 3 months ago I started a new job in an office environment. I had been psoriasis free prior to this job, but once I started this job I found myself around gluten laden and casein filled food. Since I had not had a doctor diagnose my wheat and casein allergy suspicion I decided I had no factual proofthat my step daughter's diet had been my cure so I began eating the office delights. Within a week I was suffering from a full blown psoriasis flare up. I am currently seeing an allergists to confirm that I am allergic to wheat and casein, and figure out if there are other allergens I suffer from. Please note that my step daughter is not biologically related to me, but we both have experienced psoriasis, and we both have had our psoriasis clear up 100% when we were places on a gluten free casein free diet. That means two genetically different humans both cured themselves from a casein free gluten free diet. I am not saying our results are equivalent to a medical study but our anecdotal accounts do support this postings claims that casein free gluten free diets can turn off a psoriasis out break. It is crucial that I also inform you that our diet is very anti-inflammatory in nature. We probably average 8 servings of fresh raw fruits and vegetables a day and we try to avoid high fat protein sources.

Sheila
Sheila

Please keep me attached,as I've had psoriasis for 50 years and only heard about a possible connection to food today. Thank you.

robert
robert

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 LAZYNESS

Saju Joy
Saju Joy

hi viewers, i am psoriasis patient since 4 years,mostly affected on my elbows and head.my 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.

ROSVITA
ROSVITA

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 alcoholic..you 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.

Anna
Anna

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

Stevie Madalinski
Stevie Madalinski

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.

ricardo martinez
ricardo martinez

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

che
che

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

Heid
Heid

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.