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Know the Role of Your Diet in Managing Psoriasis

Nov 28, 2012

Many individuals with psoriasis have learned that what they eat can affect how often they experience psoriasis flare-ups. If you have psoriasis, it’s important to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet centered on fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. However, you may find that some of these foods can trigger your psoriasis symptoms.

High Fat Foods

By avoiding inflammatory foods such as full-fat dairy and fatty red meat, psoriasis patients may find a reduction in their psoriasis symptoms. In addition, high fat dairy and red meat put you at an increased risk of heart disease. Individuals with psoriasis are already have a greater risk of developing heart disease; therefore, choosing low-fat dairy products and lean red meat cuts is of even greater importance.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids not only help protect you from heart disease, but they also act as anti-inflammatories and may reduce psoriasis inflammation. Many studies have shown that fish oil can improve psoriasis symptoms.

Skin Healthy Vitamins

Vitamins A and D are known for their ability to promote healthy skin. Foods rich in vitamin A include tomatoes, carrots, mango, cantaloupe, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Vitamin D is also crucial to healthy skin. You can get the amount of vitamin D you need by making sure to experience at least 15-20 minutes of sunlight every day.


Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Individuals with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that triggers an immune reaction in the small intestine, are at an increased risk of having psoriasis. Many psoriasis sufferers have found that a gluten-free diet reduces their symptoms.

For expert dermatology care, including the treatment of psoriasis, turn to the dermatologists at Arlington Dermatology in Arlington Heights. To set up an appointment, call us today at [company-phone id=1] or visit us on the Web.

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