Anyone living under the stress of any ailment or health issue is bound to feel powerless. Interestingly research has also proved that in most of the cases related to autoimmune diseases, taking control of diet is the most basic way to regain control of life and fight back. Scientists feel that despite little evidence to support the idea that diet can have a major positive impact on the disease, many people with psoriasis have found relief by changing their ways of eating.
Research has linked obesity to an increased risk for psoriatic disease as the researchers found that a higher BMI is associated with an increased risk of developing psoriasis as well as psoriatic arthritis.
Obesity can become a trigger for psoriasis for people already suffering from it. and losing weight might improve the effectiveness of treatments. According to a researcher Liao, the fat cells secrete cytokines, which are proteins that can trigger inflammation, and losing weight, reduces fuel for the fire.
A dietary intervention combined with systemic treatment, including exercise, over the course of 20 weeks can help sort out psoriasis issues. Psoriasis, especially if severe, is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular issues. Weight loss improves cardiovascular risk factors like arterial hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol and also, obesity may diminish the therapeutic effect of certain medications.
How to lose weight?
To lose weight, we must burn more calories than we consume. As, one pound equals 3,500 calories so if we cut 500 calories a day from our diet, we’ll lose a pound a week. We can also burn some additional calories if we increase our physical activity. Like anyone else psoriasis sufferers also need to control portions and eat sensibly so that they do not trigger inflammation.
Psoriasis weight Loss plan
Stop white, Start green
The best starting point is to stop consuming anything that is white (Yogurt is an exception). Do not eat white bread, white rice- anything with white refined sugar in it. It is better if you switch to brown/whole meal. Stop drinking cows milk or any cows milk containing products altogether and better if you switch to soya milk fortified with calcium, to help a proper calcium intake. Lots of green leafy vegetables must be consumed in every way, cooked or uncooked daily.
Some researchers say that gluten has a negative effect on psoriasis. Include Kuttu, Jwar, Makka and baajra Aata in place of wheat.
Stick to Olive oil
Olive oil is a big thing for those suffering with psoriasis. They must use it for everything and most importantly in the bath. Anything and everything must be cooked in olive oil. Some people like to even spread it on bread in place of butter. Avoid using refined vegetable oils and just stick to olive oil. Flaxseeds, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. These are plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Consume good foods
Foods to include in your diet that have been shown to reduce inflammation are, cold-water fish, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose foods from the colors of the rainbow, though some people feel that psoriasis gets triggered with fruits also as they have sugars. Nightshade vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes and peppers must be avoided. Fatty red meats, dairy products, processed foods and refined sugars must be avoided as they have been shown to cause or increase inflammation. Ready meals that are packed and are full of sugars, preservatives etc should be avoided at all costs so eat only either fresh or frozen from fresh. Nutritious foods can be Carrots, Squash and sweet potatoes, Spinach, Blueberries, Strawberries and figs etc.
Try to go for less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Read food labels to see how much sodium you’re consuming.
If you have severe psoriasis, you must eliminate alcohol entirely. An occasional drink is okay if it doesn’t trigger psoriasis
If these things are kept in view then managing psoriasis becomes an easier task. So eat sensibly and stay psoriasis free for life.