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Have Psoriasis? Avoid These 6 Foods That Cause Flare Ups


Itching to get rid of annoying psoriasis flare-ups and trying your hardest to prevent another remission, but tired of getting your hopes up whenever another make-believe cure comes along? Well, you’re not alone. An estimated 160 million people currently suffer from psoriasis worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease so irksome and uncomfortable that it’s all you can do sometimes to carry out a normal lifestyle. You’re constantly being reminded of the fact that a flare-up could prevent you from going out, joining a meeting, going to work, enjoying a summer outing with the family, etc. As there is no clear cure for it, you’ve probably tried everything under the sun to no avail, and you’re still hoping to one day be one of those people that report their condition spontaneously went away on its own.

All though there may not be too many foods that will help, there certainly are some everyday foods that can make matters worse. Here are some of the most commonly cited products:

1. Spices

Before seasoning your dish or dressing up your salad, check the ingredients in your condiments and keep a log of your meals to see if there’s a connection between your flare-ups and the food you’ve had that day or the one before. People report curry, cinnamon, paprika, vinegar, mayonnaise, ketchup, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce as the main culprits, but you could find many others to affect your condition, especially if they’re generally known to cause inflammation.

2. Dairy

The arachidonic acid found in milk and eggs is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can alleviate inflammation, on the other, it can exacerbate it. It all depends on the way the body metabolizes it, and those suffering from psoriasis seem to fall into the second category. To top it all, this acid can also suppress the positive effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on inflammation, so it’s literally a double-whammy.

3. Junk Food

Esthetic reasons aside, it really doesn’t pay to be over-weight. Spending your hard-earned money on more starch, sugar and fats than your body can carry, let alone digest, is a fail-safe way to make your body vulnerable to immune diseases like psoriasis, which are neither pretty, nor easy to treat. In fact, the main ingredients of junk food produce so many calories and so much inflammation, that your already weakened or threatened heart and vascular system would be vulnerable to all sorts of conditions.

4. Red Meat

The very same acid we pointed our shaking finger at earlier, namely arachidonic acid, may be what will make you see red with your next meal; red patches of skin, that it. As hearty as a beef roast, lamb shank, sausage, or sizzling bacon dish may sound, the taste will probably not make up for the psoriasis itch, so make sure the meal goes to the dogs, literally.

5. Citrus, Kiwi, Strawberry

Most fruit can cause allergic reactions, and when that happens to somebody with psoriasis, a flare-up is sure to follow. Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit and all other citrus fruit may have this effect, as may kiwi, strawberry, peach, nectarine, apricot, plum, cherry, peach, banana, mango, papaya or even apple. So, as refreshing as a smoothie may sound, steer clear if you’re prone to allergies.

6. Gluten

Barley, wheat, rye and many other grains contain a protein called glutein which may cause flare-ups. As harsh and expensive as it may sound to live a gluten-free life, it may be the only way to thwart serious psoriasis flare-ups.

There’s no scientific evidence that your diet really affects psoriasis. That’s right, you heard it straight from the horse’s mouth: there’s no clear connection between nutrition and psoriasis, yet. However, scientists have every reason to believe that a balanced diet impacts on your weight, as well as your complexion and skin’s general look and feel, not to mention that it lowers the risk of developing joint problems or treatment side-effects. So nutrition is a catch-all for good general health, and your first line of defense against psoriasis.

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