Psoriasis Awareness Week
The spotlight’s on psoriasis this week, and if you’re a sufferer, you’ll know just how uncomfortable it can be. Psoriasis is a condition that impacts 2-3% of the UK population, and can affect people of all ages. While it’s not contagious, it can be very distressing and uncomfortable if it’s affecting large areas of the body.
The skin regenerates its cells about every 21-28 days, but with psoriasis this process is speeded up and new cells can be generated every 2-6 days. This leads to an accumulation of skin cells on the surface of the skin, causing red patches of skin covered with silvery white scales.
Psoriasis is usually treated with topical creams, medication or phototherapy, but if you’re suffering from psoriasis, you might want to make a few changes to your diet as this may also help relieve the condition.
- Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition, so consider increasing your intake of foods with anti-inflammatory properties. Oily fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, sardines), flax seed and walnuts are all good sources of omega 3 essential fat that can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
- Reduce your intake of saturated fat, as this may block the action of the anti-inflammatory essential fats. Red meat, cheese, butter, whole milk, and cakes, biscuits, pastries are all major sources of saturated fat.
- Sugar has pro-inflammatory properties and may also play a part in increasing inflammation in the body, so limit your intake of sugary foods, confectionery and chocolate.
- Speak to your GP about a gluten intolerance test. Eliminating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye products may prove beneficial.
- Reduce your alcohol intake, as alcohol may exacerbate the condition. If you don’t want to eliminate alcohol completely, consider eliminating it from your diet for a minimum of 3 consecutive days each week as a first step, and assess the results.
For more information about Psoriasis Awareness Week, check out http://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/index.html.