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There is no doubt about it – living with psoriasis is hard.
You might be wondering what causes your psoriasis, and if there is a cure. Maybe you want to know if there is a specific psoriasis diet, detox, or a natural treatment that can help.
Ultimately, you are looking for a way to cure your psoriasis permanently.
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How Nutrition can improve psoriasis
"Psoriasis can be converted from 'a career' to an inconvenience that is curable."
Improve immune system functioning
treat symptoms naturally
Prescription medications for psoriasis can be very useful – but ultimately, they are just “band-aids.” No prescription can permanently cure psoriasis. Plus, prescription medications can cause major side effects or eventually just stop working altogether. While it may be necessary to use these medications at times, using natural products to support the body’s healing process is also a good idea. When used correctly, natural treatments are less likely to have negative side effects, and are much more likely to keep working over time.
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The main causes & triggers for psoriasis
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system is “overactive” and/or malfunctioning, and is attacking healthy skin cells. This causes your skin cells to multiply and grow much faster than they should. Your immune system isn’t actually trying to harm you – it’s just very confused.
There are many contributing factors that cause psoriasis. Everything from your individual genes to the environment around you can impact your psoriasis. Things that can cause psoriasis include: food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, stress, poor dental hygiene, toxins released by microbes living in your intestines, suboptimal liver functioning, air pollution, and more.
Psoriasis triggers will be different for each person. Identifying these triggers and then reducing your exposure to them is key.
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Diet & Lifestyle Treatments for psoriasis
Prescription medications can provide much needed relief to psoriasis sufferers. This includes topical steroid creams, methotrexate, biologics, or similar medications.
While these medications can be very helpful at times, many cause negative side effects (including worsening psoriasis) or simply stop working after awhile.
Natural treatments for psoriasis are different. When used properly, they are less likely to have side effects and they stay effective over time. The goal is to:
- Identify 1-2 food sensitivities (a full elimination diet is not necessary and actually often dangerous)
- Correct nutritional deficiencies
- Identify key gut microbe imbalances, then address them
- Optimize the natural detoxification processes in the liver and other organs
- Reduce exposure to environmental triggers
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How a dietitian-nutritionist can help
Autoimmune diseases like psoriasis are poorly understood. Therefore, it’s absolutely essential to work with healthcare providers who are committed to servicing the autoimmune community and are up to date on the latest research.
A dietitian-nutrition specializing in autoimmune disease will help you identify 1-2 food triggers without putting you on an elimination diet. Elimination diets are dangerous, as they can promote eating disorders, which autoimmune sufferers are more likely to have.
A dietitian-nutritionist will also ensure that you are obtaining adequate nutrition, and are not deficient in key nutrients. By evaluating your eating habits and patterns, learning about your symptoms, and reading your blood work, a dietitian-nutritionist can make recommendations appropriate for you that can improve your psoriasis
Additionally, stress is a well known trigger for psoriasis. There are specific nutrients that the body needs more of while stressed, and certain foods that can help our bodies handle stress better. Targeted nutrition can be used to reduce the impact of stress, therefore reducing your psoriasis.
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