Did you know that what you eat can affect the severity of your psoriasis? Certain foods can actually make your symptoms better or worse!
Tracking is huge to figure out how specific foods affect your body. The guidelines below are a great place to start. Research suggests the following adjustments can reduce inflammation from psoriasis, and they’re heart-healthy too!
01 Enjoy the Sweet Taste of Fruit
Okay, that really pretty picture above with all the citrus could be a bit misleading for some of us. It is possible for an allergy to citrus fruits to cause psoriasis symptoms to flare up, so you may want to try cutting citrus out and see how that affects you. That said, fruit, in general, is your friend. In particular, the anthocyanins found in cherries and other red and purple fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
02 Eat your Vegetables
If you’re not a veggie fan, you might just need to try some different preparations. Try pairing crunchy carrots and celery with a satisfying dip, sneaking in zucchini in place of pasta, go big with a satisfying salad, or ask your Health Advisor for recommendations specific to your taste. One cautionary tip: you may want to avoid nightshade veggies.
03 Opt for Healthier Fats
You may have heard this before, but you’re going to want to avoid trans fats and saturated fats. Typically these lurk in processed foods so check the nutrition label and avoid anything that says partially hydrogenated. However, fats should not be completely cut from your diet. Look for healthy unsaturated fats from sources such as plants (think avocados, nuts) and fish.
04 Eat More Whole Grains
Some individuals with psoriasis swear by a gluten-free diet, and there is some research to support this. A good first step? Start ditching refined carbs (such as regular pasta, white bread, and white rice) in favor of healthier carbs (think whole grain or gluten-free pasta and bread, quinoa, wild rice, brown rice, and farro). Your Health Advisor can recommend specific recipes to your taste.
05 Be Picky About your Proteins
Eat lean protein sources like skinless chicken, cut back on red meats and full-fat dairy. Salmon, mackerel, sardines and halibut are your all-star options because they’re packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3s.
What’s your first step to a healthier diet?
Will you cook up some lasagna with zucchini in place of pasta? Grill salmon instead of steak? Chomp on carrots instead of chips for your afternoon snack? Talk to your Health Advisor and use your day tracker to figure out what makes sense for you.