Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic disease that hardly has any cure but can be kept in control by doing away with certain habits and inclusion of some others. And when it comes to inclusion, a healthy diet plays the most important role. Having good amounts of fresh berries, fruits and vegetables in your diet can bring about the change you so desire and the best process of consuming these foods is definitely through juicing.
Let us find out why and how….
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is essentially a systemic inflammatory ailment that is chronic and genetic but definitely not infectious. The characteristic symptoms include red, raised, itchy plaques of skin which are covered by thick scales of a silvery hue. Though it may be found in any part of the skin, it is more common in knees, elbows, scalp, nails, trunk, and legs.
What causes psoriasis?
The villain here is the immune system. A variety of white blood cells (kind of T lymphocyte) generate inflammatory chemicals which result in multiplication of skin cells and bringing about other changes resulting in psoriasis. Genes do play an important role here as persons suffering from it normally have at least one family member affected by this disease.
Triggers of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is usually aggravated by injury to the skin, sunburns, smoking, alcoholism, stress, streptococcal sore throat, and certain medicines. But the triggers are found to vary from person to person.
Treatments of Psoriasis
Psoriasis has many systemic and topical treatments, but most of this only helps in improving the appearance of the skin, but rarely eliminates the ailment.
Psoriasis – what to avoid (Triggers)?
Food habits and diet do have a binding factor on this disease, though there is hardly any clinical evidence in support. People suffering from it swear by certain diets.
Processed, canned and packaged foods/vegetables/fruits and refined sugars are best done away with as these hardly have any nutritional value but rather contain harmful ingredients.
Also, red meat, eggs, and dairy which contain a type of unsaturated fat (arachidonic acid) may trigger psoriasis.
Nightshade plants like eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes have solanine that hampers digestion leading to inflammation and is best avoided.
If a person has psoriasis and is already gluten-sensitive, gluten in his diet can aggravate the situation. So do away with foods containing barley, rye, malt, wheat, and its derivatives.
Just avoid alcohol or else it will wreak havoc on your immune system and psoriasis will gain control of the situation.
Cosmetics and soaps that cause irritation are best avoided.
Strict control over bodyweight is vital. Obese people are more prone to psoriasis. Juice diets have shown to have been most effective in controlling body weight and in turn psoriasis.
What to Include to control psoriasis – the home remedies
Sunlight is effective and exposure to it is important. Also, using ultraviolet B light unit under clinical supervision is one other option.
Berries are hugely effective. So, if you are suffering from psoriasis, include huckleberries, elderberries and blueberries in your diet in good amounts.
The skin needs to be kept moist by using moisturizers and adding oil to the bathwater. The application of coconut oil has been found to be effective in helping patients suffering from psoriasis.
Certain minerals and vitamins like Vitamin B12, A, D and folic acid in your diet can prove to be effective in controlling psoriasis and a healthy diet can provide you with these nutrients.
The anti-inflammatory property of omega – 3s have been proven and fatty fishes like trout, sardines, salmon and cod are a rich source of this omega – 3.
Many studies have found certain herbs like barbarine, capsaicin, aloe vera, sarsaparilla, Caligula and silymarin to be helpful for people suffering from this ailment.
Vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants lessen inflammation thus reducing psoriasis. So the inclusion of berries (blue/rasp/ straw), leafy greens (spinach/kale), grapes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cherries in your diet can be helpful.
Vegetable oils that contain anti-inflammatory fatty acids like flaxseed, coconut or olive are effective in controlling psoriasis since the ration of omega – 3 fatty acids in these oils is higher to omega -6.
Juicing as an effective measure to help Psoriasis
The topic of inclusion above clearly spells out the need of having fresh fruits, vegetables, and berries in your diet if you are suffering from psoriasis. And the best way to do so is probably through juicing. Why?
Juicing extracts the pure juice leaving aside the pulp and this way the task of the digestive system is minimized. Absorption of the vital micronutrients that are so effective in controlling psoriasis becomes easy with juicing. Also, people pressed with time issues find juicing the easiest way to incorporate the fruits and veggies in their everyday diet.
The presence of antioxidants in the juices aids the body in fighting the illness. Also, the fresh veggies and fruits increase the immunity of our body and make our system alkaline (no acidic toxins) which in turn reduces the symptoms of this sickness.
Which juice is good for psoriasis?
The options are many, but the keyword is “fresh.” No canned or packed variety will serve you any good. The best options are here for you to choose from. We will come up with certain juice recipes for you to try out and some you can invent yourself.
Fruits – Grapes, apples, oranges, watermelons and grapefruits.
Vegetables – Cucumbers, beets, kale, cilantro, dill, ginger, celery, carrots, spinach, basil, watercress, and Swiss chard.
Berries – Huckleberries, elderberries and blueberries
Celery for juicing to tackle psoriasis
Celery juice is effective in tearing down the outer cell membrane of the damaging virus and fights against the virus, thus decreasing the virus count. Also, the immune system gets a boost to fight the virus. Further celery is able to flush out the toxins built in the liver and thus strengthens the liver which is able to fight psoriasis.
How much juice is optimal?
There is no limit to the amount of juice one may drink. But then it all depends on you. Though it is easily digested and very nourishing, you are the best judge of your body and will soon get to know how much is ideal for you. Just remember to drink lots of water in between your juices.
As juicing is extremely effective in controlling psoriasis, many have opted for juice fasting. But the benefits of this diet are debated. While some feel juice fasting is “the way” in cleansing your system and having a glowing skin free from all skin ailments, others believe that juice alone by itself is not the process as the essential pulp (fiber) is lost and think the key is fresh veggies, fruits, and berries in uncooked ways – juices, smoothies and the like.
Juice and Smoothie Recipes
Here are a couple of juice recipes for you to try out. These have been found to be effective by patients suffering from psoriasis.
Ingredients for “Simple Green Juice Recipe”
Celery – 5 to 6 stalks
Cucumber – ½
Green apple – 1
Bundle of kale
Carrots – 2
Ginger – Thumb sized piece
Juice all the ingredients in a juicer and it’s ready
Ingredients for “Green Smoothie Recipe”
Spinach – 1 cup
Kiwi – 1 (remove skin)
Coconut oil – 1 teaspoon
Ginger – ½ teaspoon
Chia Seeds – 1 tablespoon
Cold Green tea – 1 cup
Blueberries – ½ cup
Avocado – 1/3
Turmeric – ½ teaspoon
Cinnamon -1/4 teaspoon
Blend all these till smooth and you get the benefits of green tea, avocado and blueberries – voila!