The Psoriasis Diet provides yet another way to approach the treatment of this potentially life-long condition. Psoriasis results from rapid skin cell development as a result of a biochemical stimulus that triggers the abnormally high rate of skin growth. Recent research studies indicate that psoriasis may be a disorder of the immune system. The T cell, a white blood cell, normally works to fight off infection and disease. Scientists believe that having an abnormal immune system causes abnormal activity by T cells in the skin. These abnormally active T cells cause skin inflammation and increased cell production. Diet plays a vital part in stimulating the immune system and vitamin influences have also been thought to play a role in psoriasis development and progression. Therefore if we channel the positive influences of diet and vitamins we may be able to control the progressive and severity of psoriasis.
Many psoriasis sufferers display symptoms suggesting that a food allergy could be involved in the onset of their psoriasis. Many of the common culprits of food allergies can be subdivided into the following groups:
Foods, medications or vitamins containing gluten. It is believed that as much as 5% to 10% of the population may suffer from some form of gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, kamut, spelt and even some oats due to the fact that they are often harvested with these grains. Gluten is the binding element that holds flour based products together and gives them a chewy texture. Gluten sensitivity arises because it is often difficult to fully digest gluten. Gluten is found not only in breads, cakes cookies and baked goods, but it is also used as a binding ingredient in sauces, soups, flavor additives, candies, and vitamins and medications in tablet form.
The common factor in many of these foods and beverages is that they are acidic in nature. The more alkaline the body we can make the body, the stronger its ability to build up the immune system to fight the triggers of psoriasis. The body's blood has a healthy pH (potential of hydrogen) range of 7.35 to 7.42. The higher we are above or below this range the more compromised the immune system becomes and the more susceptible we are to the effects of psoriasis.
We all know that the body needs hydrogen and oxygen to stay healthy and alive. Oxygen is needed to burn the hydrogen in the foods that we consume. Most of us get enough oxygen in the air, however many psoriasis patients need more hydrogen from green vegetables and fruits. We can gain some hydrogen in chicken and fish and even in red meats. Of course, the worst foods would be the pizza, pastas, breads, beer, carbonated soft drinks that lowers the potential of hydrogen or lowers the pH. So bottom line, try to consume more fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits. Even canned vegetables and fruits are better than the pizzas, etc. or the fast food restaurants.
Below you will find a list of acidic and alkaline foods to help you plan your psoriasis diet. The goal is balance - if you consume a food that is high in acidity, balance it with a food that is in the high alkaline group.
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Foods Ranked as Alkaline in Nature
The 'Highest' or best sources of alkaline foods would include:
Spices, preservatives, and beverages such as: sodium bicarbonate (Arm and Hammer), Sea salt, and Mineral Water.
Therapeutics such as: Umboshi plums.
Seeds and oils such as: Pumpkin seed and Hydrogenated oil.
Beans, vegetables, legumes and roots such as: Lentil, Brocoflower, Seaweed, Nori/kambu/, wakame/hijiki, Onion/Miso, Daikon, Taro root, Sea Vegetables, Burdock, Lotus root, Sweet Potato, and Yams.
Fruits and citrus such as: Lime, Nectarine, Persimmon, Raspberry, Watermelon, Tangerine and Pineapple.
Foods in the 'High' alkaline group would include:
Spices, preservatives, beverages such as: Spices/cinnamon, Kambucha, Black Strap Molasses, and Soy Sauce.
Nuts and seeds such as: Poppy seed, Cashews, Chestnuts, and Pepper.
Beans, vegetables, legumes and roots such as: Kohlrabi, Parsnip/Taro, Garlic, Asparagus, Kale/Parsley, Endive/Arugula, Mustard green, Ginger root, and Broccoli.
Citrus and fruits such as: Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Citrus olive, Dewberry, Loganberry, and Mango.
Foods in the Low Alkaline group would include:
Most Herbs, beverages, sweeteners and Vinegars such as: Green or Mu tea, Rice syrup, and Apple Cider Vinegar.
Therapeutics such as Sake.
Dairy such as: Human Breast milk and Almond Milk. The low alkaline group would also include quail eggs.
Nuts seeds sprouts and oils such as: Primrose oil, Sesame seed, Cod liver oil, Almonds, and Sprouts.
Beans, vegetables, legumes pulses and roots such as: Potato, Bell pepper, Mushroom/fungi, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Rutabaga, Salsify/Ginseng, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Collard Greens, Lemon, and Pear.
Fruits such as: Avocado, Apple, Blackberry, Cherry, Peach and Papaya.
Foods that are in the least alkaline group would include:
Spices, herbs, beverages sweeteners and vinegars such as: Sulfite, Ginger tea, Sucanat and Umeboshi Vinegar.
Therapeutics such as Blue-green algae.
Processed dairy such as Ghee (clarified butter) and Duck eggs.
Grains, cereals and grasses such as: Grain coffee, Oats, Quinoa, Japonica rice and Wild rice.
Nuts, seeds and oils such as: Avocado Oil, Most seeds, Coconut oil, Olive oil and Linseed/flax oil.
Vegetables, beans, legumes and roots such as: Celery, Beet, Chive/Cilantro, Brussels Sprout, Okra, Cucumber, Turnip greens, Squashes, Lettuce, and Jicama.
Citrus and fruits such as: Orange,Pineapple juice, Apricot, Banana, Blueberry, Currant, Raisin, Grape and Strawberry.
Foods Ranked Acidic in Nature
The least acidic foods would include:
Spices, preservatives, herbs, beverages, sweeteners and vinegars such as: Kona coffee, Curry, MSG, Honey/Maple Syrup and Rice vinegar.
Dairy such as: Yogurt, Rice Milk, Cream/Butter, Goat/Sheep cheese and chicken eggs.
Meat, game, fowl or fish such as: Gelatin/Organs, Venison, Wild duck, and fish.
Grains, cereals and grasses such as: Tritcale, Millet, Kasha, Amaranth and Brown rice.
Nuts and oils such as: Grape seed oil, Sunflower oil, Pumpkin seed oil, Pine nuts and Canola oil.
Legumes, beans, vegetables, and roots such as Spinach, String or wax beans, Kidney beans, Fava beans, Black-eyed peas, Zucchini, Chutney and Rhubarb.
Citrus and fruits such as: Pickled Fruit, Coconut, Guava, Figs, Persimmon Juice, Dry Fruit, Cherimoya, and Dates.
The foods low acidic group would include:
Spices, herbs, Beverages, Preservatives and Vinegars such as: Vanilla, Benzoate, Alcohol, Black tea, Stevia and Balsamic vinegar.
Therapeutics such as Antihistamines.
Dairy such as: Aged cheese, Soy cheese, Cow Milk and Goat Milk.
Meat, game, fish and fowl such as: Shell Fish/Mollusks, Lamb/Mutton, Boar/Elk, Goose and Turkey.
Grains, cereals and grasses such as: Buckwheat, Wheat, Spelt/Teff, Kamut, Farina/Semolina and White rice.
Nuts, seeds and oils such as: Almond oil, Safflower oil, Sesame oil, Tapioca, Seitan or tofu.
Beans, vegetables, legumes, and roots such as: Pinto beans, Split peas, Tempeh, Navy, red beans, White beans, Lima, Mung Beans, Aduki Beans, and Chard.
Citrus and fruits such as: Plum, Prune, and Tomatoes.
The foods in the high acidic group include:
Spices, Preservatives, Beverages, and Vinegars such as: Nutmeg, Coffee, Saccharin and Aspartame.
Therapeutics such as Psychotropics.
Dairy such as: Casein, milk protein, cottage cheese, New cheeses and Soy Milk.
Meats, game, fish, shellfish, and fowl such as: Pork/Veal, Bear, Mussels/Squid and chicken.
Grains, cereal, and grass such as: Maize, Barley oats, Corn, Rye and Oat Bran.
Nuts, seeds and oils such as: Pistachio seed, Chestnut oil, Lard, Pecans and Palm kernel oil.
Beans, vegetables, legumes and roots such as: green peas, peanut, snow peas, Legumes, carrots, Chick-peas, and Garbanz.
Citrus and fruits such as: Cranberry and Pomegranate.
Foods in the highest acidic food group include:
Spices, herbs, preservatives, beverages, sweeteners and vinegars such as: Pudding/jam/jelly, Table salt (NaCl), Beer, Yeast/Hops/Malt, Sugar/Cocoa and White/Acetic vinegar.
Therapeutics such as Antibiotics.
Dairy such as: processed cheeses and ice cream.
Meat, game, fish and shellfish such as: beef, Pheasant, and Lobster.
Grains such as Barley.
Nuts, seeds, and oils such as: Cottonseed oil or meal, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Brazil nuts and Fried Foods.
Beans and vegetables such as: Soybean and Carob.
You will find this list most helpful found at: Approximate pH of Foods and Food products which is for canned foods that are required to have a lower pH to prevent bacteria, virus or fungi to grow as they are stored for months or years before consumption. Therefore, these foods are not as good for you as fresh or frozen foods, but still better than pizza, beer, breads, etc.
Diet is just one way to approach the treatment and management of psoriasis. Psoriasis treatment is based on a combination of the sufferer's age, the severity of their psoriasis, the area of the body affected by psoriasis, and the type of psoriasis they have. Psoriasis tends to flare-up when the person is exposed to certain trigger factors. Substances or conditions that can worsen psoriasis include changes in climate, infections, stress, dehydration and dry skin. Controlling these conditions can have positive impact the outcome of your treatment. The key to successful psoriasis treatment is to identify the factors that trigger your psoriasis. A healthy diet along with Psoriasis-Ltd will nourish damaged and irritated skin caused by psoriasis and psoriasis related conditions. Within weeks, you will notice positive changes in the condition of your skin.