Psoriasis is a skin condition which causes skin cells to be produced very rapidly, resulting in red and scaly patches of skin which are covered by a silvery-white scale.
Psoriasis often occurs on the skin of the knees, arms, elbows, legs, back and scalp.
• Liver function can be compromised in those with psoriasis. Milk thistle gently cleanses the liver and improves detoxification processes.
• Bowel function can also be sluggish, allowing the re-absorption and re-circulation of toxins which were meant to be excreted. Clean out the bowel and ensure regular bowel movements to prevent the build up of toxins by consuming a high fibre diet, and taking psyllium husks on a daily basis if you suffer from constipation.
• Vitamin D deficiency can be a large contributing factor to psoriasis. Have your Vitamin D levels checked by your doctor, and supplement accordingly.
• Essential fatty acids such as flax seed oil or fish oil are extremely important in treating psoriasis, as it is such a dry and inflamed skin condition. Essential fatty acids will help to reduce the redness and itching of the areas of skin which are affected.
• B Vitamins contribute to skin health, and offer stress support.
• Burdock is a blood cleanser which can help to improve skin quality through its detoxification properties.
• Vitamin C, Zinc and Selenium support the immune system and encourage skin healing.
• Probiotics help to correct an imbalance of bowel flora which can be present in psoriasis sufferers.
Other tips and hints:
• Eat plenty of foods which are high in Zinc, Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids.
• Check for food intolerances at the Health Zone Clinic. Food intolerance testing.
• Reduce anxiety and stress, as these emotional states have been linked to psoriasis.
• Eliminate sugar and all refined foods from the diet.
• Aim to eat plenty of salads, raw foods, and vegetable juices for their enzyme and anti-oxidant content – 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
• Barefoot SOS and Gentle Green Ecz-tend Soothing Cream can be used topically to encourage skin healing and reduce inflammation.
• 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day for adequate hydration, relieves dry skin conditions.