Diet

Psoriasis can be a life long condition which maybe triggered by foods. Eating a healthy well balanced diet can improve psoriasis. A dietician who specialises in psoriasis can help you find a simple, sensible and flexible program incorporating vitamins and minerals to help in the management of the disease.

  • Food triggers maybe seen in some individuals
  • Vitamin and supplements such as omega 3 oils and anti-oxidants may improve psoriasis
  • In rare cases gluten insensitivity may trigger psoriasis
  • Flexural psoriasis patient often benefit from low calorie diets

This special oil can help reduce the inflammation of psoriasis. Fish is a great source of protein and omega fatty acids. Consume at least 5 servings a week. Great sources include salmon, mackerel and sardines.

  • Eat food rich in anti-oxidants
  • Eat foods rich in bioflavinoids
  • Vitamin infused food groups rich in A, C, E
  • Folate foods
  • Omega-3 Fatty acids

Sounds confusing? That’s why the Institute has dedicated dieticians who plan your meals for you. All consultations are on a one-to-one basis.

Knowing what foods to consume to reduce inflammation is only half the story! It is equally important to avoid trigger foods as well. Research has shown acidic foods may flare up psoriasis. Psoriasis patients should avoid tomatoes, spicy foods, red meat, alcohol and carbonated drinks. Some patients with gluten intolerance should also avoid wheat, rye and cereals.

Supplements are designed for people who cannot receive vitamins and minerals in their diet. Psoriasis patients often shed excessive skin cells as a result of their disorder. Minerals and vitamins maybe depleted over time.

With the help of a dietician, the Institute can assist in developing a tailored plan to help replenish vitamins and minerals.

Supplements include:

  • Vitamin A and Carotene
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E and Omega 3
  • Vitamin C
  • Bioflavinoids
  • Folic acid and zinc
  • Potassium (This supplementation should be medically supervised, as overdosing can occur.)

In some cases a gluten free diet can help. Gluten, is a compound found in grasses such as wheat, rye and barley. Coeliac disease and a skin condition known as dermatitis herpitiformis is a form of gluten intolerance. Psoriasis patients who have these associated conditions will benefit from a gluten free diet. Some cases of psoriasis on the hands and feet (palmar-plantar psoriasis) may also respond to gluten restriction.

If you would like to trial a gluten free diet as part of your psoriasis treatment, book in with a consult to see our dietitian.

Most people know psoriasis as a skin condition, however recent research has shown that inflammation can occur in the arteries of the heart. In fact patients with psoriasis have a much higher incidence of heart disease. Eating healthy, including low fat meals can reduce cholesterol levels and reduce the risk factors of heart disease.

Following a set diet for life is very difficult, in fact almost impossible. The secret behind any psoriasis diet is developing sensible and flexible eating habits. Our dietitians will guide you thru these habits, including-

  • Eating regularly and never skipping meals
  • Keeping a food diary to keep track of the foods you eat
  • Eating in moderation
  • Supplement your diet if minerals and vitamins are lacking

Eating correctly for life can be very difficult, however coming up with a sensible, flexible and easy to follow diet is the key to managing your food intake. Our dieticians can assist in providing a tailored diet to suit you. All consultations are conducted on a one-on-one basis.

Living with psoriasis can be problematic, troublesome and frustrating. The experts at the Psoriasis Institute will find a solution to your condition, call 07 3871 34 37 to book an appointment with our psoriasis specialist assessor. From there we will provide the recommendations and treatments to get you cleared up in no time!

What to eat and what to avoid can be confusing for many patients. The key to a diet that works involves working in with the client to develop a program that is sensible, flexible and long term. Psoriasis patient can benefit from certain supplements including fish-oil, vitamins and minerals. Eating right can improve or in some cases even cure psoriasis.

Valerie Young - Dietitian

-  The Psoriasis Institute

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL

  • After seeing the specialists at the Psoriasis Institute, I realised that psoriasis affected more than just my skin. Now I understand it can affect my health in many other ways. This was really important for me.
    - William D, Oxley
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