Psoriasis is an extremely common skin disorder, in which new skin cells are produced 10 times faster than normal skin. This causes the patchy, thickened skin effect which may be covered by silvery scales. Psoriasis can cause sufferers great discomfort and social embarrassment, ruining the summer months, making them embarrassed by the look of their skin. The condition can also be accompanied by painful swelling and stiffness of joints, which can be highly disabling.
The good news is that individual attacks can be relieved to a large degree. Although the cause of psoriasis is not known, it tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic link. Somewhere in the region of 2 percent of Europeans and Americans contract the disease but it’s less common in black and Asian communities. Symptoms usually appear for the first time in those in the 10 to 30 year old age bracket.
Factors contributing towards Psoriasis
- Incomplete protein digestion
- Toxicity in the bowel
- Impaired liver function
- Alcohol consumption
- A diet high in animal fat
- Stress, particularly emotional stress and self-protection
Symptoms of Psoriasis
The hallmark symptom of psoriasis as mentioned above is well-defined, red patches of skin covered by silvery, flaky scales that has pinpoint spots of bleeding underneath if scraped. The patches typically appear during periodic flare-ups and are in the same area on both sides of the body. In some people with psoriasis, the fingernails and toenails may have white-coloured pits, lengthways ridges down the nail, or yellowish spots, or may be thickened or may separate at the cut end.
How nutrition can help Psoriasis
When addressing Psoriasis with nutrition one needs to take a holistic approach. The main focus is usually on improving digestion and healing the gut, taking into consideration any infections or pathogens. Our nutritionists would also work through a liver detoxification process, support the body during stress, and recommend specific foods known to help reduce inflammation. This will be made easy for you to follow with practical suggestions including recipes, and healthy food choices, from shops and restaurants.
*Disclaimer: The information and advice provided by The Nutritional Therapy Clinic is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Any person suffering from conditions requiring medical attention, or who have symptoms that concern them, should consult a doctor. Testimonials on this site are examples of what we have done for other clients and of what some of our clients have said about us. However, we cannot guarantee the results in any case. Your results may vary and every situation is different. Please see our disclaimer section for further information.
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