Have You Ever Wondered Why Psoriasis Patients Are Asked To keep track of Their Diet? 

Diet For Psoriasis Patients

Present days are so advanced that various treatments are available to manage Psoriasis, from skin ointments to medications that alter your immune system. But have you ever wondered that your food intake itself could impact Psoriasis and cause it to aggravate? And just by taking care of what you eat, you can keep Psoriasis at its bay.

Psoriasis affects approximately 125 million people around the world, which means 2-3% of the global population gets affected by some form of Psoriasis. Here you will get to know dedicated research on how to keep psoriasis flare-ups undisturbed.  

What Is The Relation Between Your Diet And Your Struggle With Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a noncontagious autoimmune skin disorder where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the skin cells(keratinocytes). When Psoriasis occurs, the skin cells tend to multiply ten times faster than the standard rate causing plaques to form up on the skin that can be red, scaly, itchy, and pain full. Psoriasis mainly affects the scalp, elbow, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis can sometimes develop due to hereditary factors. 
When struggling with Psoriasis, these are some conditions that can be visible. But what really affects is your food intake, as specific food items can increase inflammation and make psoriasis symptoms much worse.

How Food Provokes Inflammation? 

Inflammatory Food

There are several studies that are currently going on about how certain food items prompt an inflammation reaction. The research proposes that food items that are highly processed make our defence system weak and exhausted.

For example, fatty food items increase inflammation in adipose tissue, which is throughout our body. This fat tissue inflammation increases the risk of worsening Psoriasis. It is stated that obesity is a risk factor that causes and aggravates Psoriasis.

The Worst Enemies of Psoriasis

Various food items act as triggers for Psoriasis in some people. These food items cause inflammation due to the specific properties contained in them. If you are experiencing any flare-ups after consuming a certain food item, contact your doctor or an Ayurvedic Physician so that an appropriate diet can be recommended. Some of the food items that should be avoided to make sure Psoriasis doesn’t aggravate are as follows.

Alchohol

Consuming excessive alcohol overburdens the liver as it has to work more than usual to metabolize it. While metabolizing alcohol, the liver produces chemicals that can lead to long-term inflammation. Alcohol also damages the good bacteria in the stomach, leading to inflammation in your colon and intestines. 

Dairy Products

Dairy Products

Dairy products that are rich in fat, such as cheese and milk, are linked with inflammation that causes or aggravates Psoriasis. This occurs because milk products contain casein, a protein that can cause indigestion problems. Some people are even lactose intolerant as they do not have enough digestive enzyme lactase. Long-term gastrointestinal irritation from these conditions can cause severe inflammation. Some people have seen improvement after letting of dairy products from their diet.

Refined Carbohydrates

Refined Carbohydrated Foods

Refined carbohydrates are made after using processing agents(white bread, pasta, pastries, and breakfast cereals). These carbohydrates increase the sugar levels in the blood, which promotes glycation end products, a substance in your blood that can cause inflammation.

Trans and saturated fat

Saturated Fat & Trans Fat Foods

Trans fat and saturated fat are unhealthy for consumption as they cause various ailments such as heart attack, strokes, cholesterol, and obesity. It can also cause inflammation and flare-ups when struggling with Psoriasis. The inflammation is caused because these fats increase the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood, which is also called bad cholesterol. Research has shown that excess fat in the body can cause the development of Psoriasis and even worsen it.  

High Sugar Diet

High Sugar Diet 

Artificial sugar, which is found in soda, fruit juices, sweets, and baked food items, is the worst enemy of our body but not the sugar that is naturally present in fruits. This is because our body produces insulin to process the glucose that has been consumed in the form of manufactured sugar, and when there are higher levels of added sugar, our body stores the extra energy in fat cells, causing inflammation in the fat tissue. Food that has higher sugar levels can lead to inflammation due to an increase in an inflammatory protein called cytokines. 

Gluten Product

Gluten Products 

Gluten is a bunch of proteins present in wheat and other similar grains such as rye, barley, and oats. Some people have sensitivity to gluten, and if you are struggling with Psoriasis, gluten can originate inflammation and worsen it by developing diarrhea, heartburn, stomach pain, and cramps. To know whether you are sensitive to gluten, consult a doctor or an Ayurvedic physician. 

Foods That Are Friendly 

As there are foods that trigger inflammation when struggling with Psoriasis, there are also foods that can help to combat inflammation. Generally, having a balanced diet and by not consuming inflammatory food items help to fight inflammation caused by Psoriasis. Less inflammatory food items can reduce flare-ups and make psoriasis symptoms less severe. Some of them are

Healthy Diet
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean Protein, or plant-based protein
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Whole Grain
  • Small amounts of unsaturated fat

Dr. Health has dedicated its services to treating patients struggling with Psoriasis under the expertise of Dr. Megha Chaturvedi, who has devoted her life to treating patients struggling with various skin disorders. As a result, Dr. health is successful in treating thousands of patients struggling with skin problems such as vitiligo, Eczema, Acne, and Psoriasis. 

Written By: Shijo V Thomas

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Dandruff vs. Scalp Psoriasis

Are you confused about whether the struggle you are going through is from Dandruff or Scalp Psoriasis? What are the causes of Dandruff and Scalp Psoriasis? Is Dandruff a fungus? Is there any treatment option available for Dandruff and scalp psoriasis? These are some common doubts that everyone has in their mind. 

Scalp Psoriasis is generally caused due to faulty function of the immune system in which the skin cells are signalled to grow rapidly.

The cause of Dandruff (Seborrheic dermatitis) upon the Scalp is unclear. But it is believed Dandruff development can be triggered by genetic and environmental factors. 

Now let's Go in Depth and know How and what causes Scalp Psoriasis and Dandruff.

Psoriasis the Leading Cause:

To understand more about Scalp Psoriasis, we must know what Psoriasis is. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease visible as raised red bumps on the skin that might cause itchiness, dryness, inflammation, and scaly skin. Psoriasis varies based on severity and the area affected by it.

There are various forms of Psoriasis, such as Plaque, Inverse, Pustular, Erythrodermic, and Guttate. Areas of the body such as forearms, shins, navel, and Scalp get affected when struggling from Psoriasis. 

The Red Scaly Patches of Scalp Psoriasis:

Scalp psoriasis is mainly caused to people who are already struggling with Psoriasis. Scalp Psoriasis is a common autoimmune skin condition that affects the surface of the Scalp. It occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly affects the skin cells of your Scalp, which causes them to grow rapidly. The rapid growth causes the accumulation of the skin cells on the surface of the Scalp, which causes:
  1) Red bumps on the skin with flakes and silvery scales.
 2) The red scaly patches may extend beyond the hairline and even affect the other body parts.
 3) The patches will cause soreness and itchiness.     

 

Dandruff the white flakes:

Dandruff is a skin disorder that primarily affects the Scalp. Dandruff development is generally caused due to genetic and environmental factors. The symptoms of Dandruff include flaking, mild itchiness on the skin, red and greasy patches on the skin, which cause a tingling sensation. 
Ideally, the skin cells take a month to mature and shed themselves, but when struggling with Dandruff, the skin cells mature within 2-7 days. As the skin cells grow rapidly, the shedding process results in the accumulation of dead skin, oily clumps, and white or greyish flakes on the Scalp. 

What's The Solution   

 For Dandruff and scalp Psoriasis Ayurveda has a proper treatment that cures the root cause of the disease with the help of herbal medications.
 
 To manage mild Dandruff, gentle shampoos can be used to remove the excessive oil and skin cell build-up, and if that does not work, switching to medicated shampoo might bring relief. Hair and Scalp products are available in the form of oil, gels, sprays, ointments, solutions, and foams.
 
  For Scalp Psoriasis, natural medicines are perfect as they help to ease symptoms. The remedies are safe and can be administered by oneself, but if this condition worsens, it is necessary to speak to a doctor and manage it. 

Here at Dr. Health, Ayurvedic remedies are adhered with the guidance of our expert Dermatologist Dr. Mega Chaturvedi who has expertise in treating skin-related disorders. With the help of her treatment, thousands are living a happy life. At our treatment centre, Dandruff and Scalp Psoriasis is treated with the help of medicines that contain natural skin healing properties that assist in treating scaly itchy patches, decrease pain, redness, inflammation, and flaking. These herbal medicines also contain anti-inflammatory properties and strengthen the immune system.

Author Name:  Shijo V Thomas
 
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