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Combat psoriasis with food

January 20, 2018

A healthy diet may not cure your psoriasis completely, but it can greatly reduce the symptoms on your skin that negatively affect your quality of life.

Most people react a little differently to things, but we have identified ten foods that will be your foot soldiers in combating this autoimmune disease:

Apple cider vinegar

It offers so many health benefits, and has amazing skin-healing properties. You can either ingest it or pat them onto sores directly. If you wish to make it a part of your daily diet, you can have it by the teaspoon or with water and other beverages if the taste is too intense for you.

Garlic

We’re a fan of garlic for a number of reasons. We love the aromatic smell it gives when we cook, and the fact that it is anti-inflammatory. It’s also a lipoxygenase inhibitor, which basically means that it helps to stop enzyme activity that contribute to the inflammation of the skin.

Fish eggs

We hope you love Japanese food because fish eggs, or more commonly known as fish roes, are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They’re really good at fighting psoriasis, so you actually should indulge yourself once in a while!

Salmon

Have it sashimi-grade raw or have it seared. This fish is packed with good fats, reduces inflammation, and has antioxidant properties. In other words, it’ll do wonders for your skin.

Squash

Vegetables are an essential part of everyone’s diet, but more so for those with psoriasis. Many vegetables like yellow and green squash, carrots, spinach, and kale have anti-inflammatory compounds that can help prevent your skin from flaring up too much.

Nutritious grains

You’re right to stay away from simple carbohydrates like white rice and bread. You can substitute your cravings for complex fibres like brown rice and quinoa. These grains help to reduce inflammation and regulate your body’s blood sugar levels, so it’s more of a compromise, not a sacrifice!

Blueberries

Not sure if you’ve heard of this colloquial term “kecil-kecil cili padi”, but that’s what blueberries are. They’re like the ultimate psoriasis hunter, full of anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, and manganese. If you’re ever stranded on an island and had to pick one fruit, this is it.

We know that living with psoriasis is hard, and that you also need support in other aspects of your life. You can look for information via http://mypsoriasis.my/ask4clear, or read about the movement at http://mypsoriasis.my.