Your Diet and Psoriasis

List: Posted: 12/10/10

Psoriasis is a scalp condition that leads to dry, flaky skin.  By changing your diet, you can eliminate or dramatically reduce the symptoms of this condition. 


Olive Oil

Olive oil can prevent dandruff buildup from forming, which essentially clogs your hair follicles and can lead to dry scalp.  Its moisturizing properties can help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. 


Fish

Eating approximately 150 mg of oily fish can provide you with a healthy amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Fish has an anti-inflammatory trait that improves the skin's condition.  In order to obtain the appropriate amounts of its essential fatty acids, you need to eat trout and salmon, or take daily supplements available quite cheaply from any pharmacy or drugstore.


Zinc

People with psoriasis commonly have a zinc deficiency.  You can eat foods such as whole grains and shellfish in order to maintain a healthy level of zinc in your body. 


Water

The body depends on water to function properly.  It is important that you maintain adequate levels to avoid dehydration.   In order to combat psoriasis' dry skin characteristics, you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. 


Foods to Avoid

While there are many good foods that can be consumed for psoriasis, you should avoid also bad ones.  For example, you should watch your intake of red meat, pickles, sausages, hot spices, sodas, acidic foods and cold cuts.  These food items have inflammatory properties that make the skin more swollen. 


The right foods can help you overcome psoriasis in a natural and healthy way.

 

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