What to Eat When You Have Psoriasis (2022)

For some people with a type of psoriasis—an autoimmune disorder that causes dry, itchy, and flaky skin—diet and other lifestyle factors may play a role in managing their condition. For example, some have found that a calorie-restricted diet improves psoriasis symptoms. Following a gluten-free diet works for others, and certain nutritional supplements show potential in the treatment of the psoriasis as well. However, there is no singular dietary approach for the condition that has been supported by overwhelming scientific evidence.

For that reason, experts advise that medical treatments are still the primary line of defense in tackling psoriasis. But if you have trouble managing the condition, you may want to discuss personalized dietary and lifestyle interventions.

What to Eat When You Have Psoriasis (1)

Benefits

In 2018, the National Psoriasis Foundation conducted a comprehensive research review that included over 50 studies and 4,500 patients. The results, published in JAMA Dermatology, concluded that when prescribed alongside standard medical treatments and tailored to individual patients' needs, certain dietary changes can be beneficial for people with psoriatic conditions.

Weight Loss

If you are overweight or obese, reaching a healthy weight may provide relief from psoriasis symptoms.In a research review exploring the relationship between body weight and psoriasis, researchers explain that excess body fat is known to promote inflammation. Inflammation causes psoriasis flare-ups and the joint pain associated with psoriatic arthritis. Reducing body fat may help to limit these symptoms, and a low-calorie diet plays a key role in reaching that goal.

A 2019 study in PLoS Medicine found that for every 1 kg/m2 increase in body mass index (BMI), the risk of psoriasis symptoms increased by 9%. This was true for both children and adults.

Scientists concluded that obesity wasn’t necessarily the cause of psoriasis, but seemed to promote the flare of symptoms in people with a genetic predisposition for the disorder.

A 2014 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology looked at people who had treatment-resistant psoriasis. More than 300 people enrolled in the study and were randomized to take part in either a 20-week diet and exercise plan or a plan that included only counseling about the importance of weight loss for clinical control of psoriatic disease.

At the end of the study, the severity of psoriasis in people who participated in the diet and exercise plan was reduced by 48%.The group who received counseling saw a 25.5% average reduction in the severity of their psoriasis.

Other research reviews have investigated the use of a low-calorie diet (approximately 1,200 calories per day), a very low-calorie diet (800 calories per day), or weight loss surgery to reduce excess weight. However, study authors acknowledge more extensive clinical studies are needed to further understand the efficacy of diet and weight-loss interventions in psoriasis improvement.

Reducing caloric intake in people with a healthy weight has not shown to be effective.

Reduced Inflammation

A review of studies published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that following a gluten-free diet can be beneficial in some patients withpsoriasis, particularly those who test positive for gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.

The benefit likely stems from a reduction in inflammation, but the relationship between gluten consumption and psoriasis is still unclear. Researchers have noticed that people with psoriasis frequently have, or go on to develop, other inflammatory conditions, particularly celiac disease. But antibodies found in people with psoriasis may not be stimulated by gluten the way they are in people with celiac disease.

Because there may be a link, experts advise that patients with psoriasis discuss potential symptoms with their healthcare providers. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity or celiac disease include (but are not limited to) diarrhea, constipation, bloating, fatigue, and abdominal pain. Your provider may order diagnostic tests and, if results indicate celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet may be advised.

It is important to note that there is no evidence to suggest that a gluten-diet is helpful for anyone who has not tested positive for markers for celiac or gluten sensitivity.

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Healthier Skin

Certain dietary supplements including vitamin D, selenium, fish oil, and vitamin B12 have been associated with relief from psoriasis relief. These supplements may boost overall skin health and lead to relief from symptoms.

According to the dietary recommendations published in JAMA Dermatology by the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation, there is weak evidence to support vitamin D supplementation. Topical use of vitamin D is sometimes used as an effective therapy, but taking it orally is not likely to provide a benefit unless you are deficient. The paper suggests that patients continue standard care but speak to their healthcare provider about experimenting with one month of vitamin D supplementation.

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Other research reviews have found moderate evidence supporting the use of an omega-3 supplement for psoriasis.

A 2014 research review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that while fish oil supplements sometimes relieved erythema (patchy redness) in people with psoriasis, it did not seem to have any effect on scaling, itching, or plaque formation. The report examined 12 trials (six controlled studies, six uncontrolled studies) showing a clinical benefit and three trials (two controlled, one uncontrolled) showing no benefit. Study authors note that supplementation may be more effective when combined with other treatments.

Those authors also noted that there arefew studies supporting the efficacy of selenium or vitamin B12 supplementation in the treatment of psoriasis, but added that available study results were often contradictory. They concluded that there is not enough evidence to support the use of vitamin B12 or selenium supplements.

Because strong clinical evidence is limited regarding the use of any supplement for psoriasis, they are not considered standard care for treatment of the condition.

How It Works

Based on current evidence, there isn’t a single established psoriasis diet. But researchers have found that 73% of patients with psoriasis also manage at least one other condition such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, hypertension, atherosclerosis, or diabetes. As such, experts advise that management of the diet should take into account not only psoriasis but also these other conditions.

For example, low-fat foods and lower-calorie foods may be helpful for those who are overweight or obese. Avoiding gluten will be important for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Limiting processed foods that are high in added sugar and sodium can help manage diabetes or hypertension.

It is still unclear, however, whether or not these foods have a direct impact on psoriasis symptoms. Also, what works for one person may not work for another.

If you choose to experiment with one or more of the proposed dietary changes for managing psoriasis, keep in mind that the research is still largely inconclusive.

If you aren’t sure which (if any) of the psoriasis diet recommendations are right for you, it may be helpful to work with a registered nutritionist or dietitian.

Duration

Some studies investigating dietary recommendations for psoriasis suggest trying a one-month trial when adding or subtracting foods. But you should work with your healthcare provider to determine an appropriate duration for testing different interventions.

Eventually, you may find that you need to make some permanent changes to your diet to manage your symptoms. For example, if you are found to have gluten sensitivity, going on a gluten-free diet would be a change you’d likely want to stick with for the long term for your overall health.

However, you may find that your diet doesn’t help prevent the onset of symptoms, but may help to reduce the severity of a psoriasis flare. For example, when you have active symptoms, you may choose to avoid coffee, alcohol, and foods with a lot of sugar.

You may need to experiment with your psoriasis diet and make changes from time to time, particularly if you develop another health condition or start taking a new medication.

What to Eat

As you’re creating your own psoriasis diet, focus on nutritious, fiber-rich produce, minimally processed sources of protein, and healthy fats. Look for ways to include a range of anti-inflammatory foods and drinks as well.

The psoriasis diet recommendations of limiting and avoiding fatty meat, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and full-fat dairy products will be doubly helpful to you if you're also working to reach weight loss goals.

Compliant

  • Organic fresh fruits and vegetables

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  • Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, cod)

  • Lean poultry

  • Herbs and spices

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Beans, legumes, and lentils

  • Probiotic yogurt, kefir

  • Plant-based oils

Non-Compliant

  • Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants)

  • Heavily processed foods

  • Baked goods and pastries

  • Red meat

  • Eggs

  • Dairy

  • Caffeine

  • Alcohol

  • Pork

  • Shellfish

  • Citrus

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  • Gluten, wheat, barley, rye, malt(if also diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity)

Fruits and vegetables: Look for organic produce, if possible. Research studies have indicated that when participants choose organic fruits and vegetables, they are more likely to experience a decrease in symptoms. However, nightshades (particularly tomatoes), should be limited or avoided completely as they may trigger symptoms in some. Other nightshades include white potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, as well as the spice paprika.

Additionally, some people find citrus fruit to be irritating and choose to limit oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes. You can experiment with these fruits and see if they influence your symptoms.

Dairy: Full-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, and ice cream tend to be high in fat and sugar, so they are typically limited or excluded on a psoriasis diet, especially by those who are overweight or obese. Some people can tolerate low-fat dairy, but it can trigger a flare-up in others. Certain foods such as probiotic-rich yogurt and kefir are approved and may help reduce symptoms.

Grains: Unless you are diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you do not need to go on a gluten-free diet if you have psoriasis. However, you may want to limit or avoid bread, pasta, and crackers made with refined white flour as it has been identified as a potential trigger in some people with psoriasis. You may also want to avoid pre-packaged oats, granola, and cereals, which can be high in added sugar.

Protein: When choosing protein for your meals, consider fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, or anchovies, which provide omega-3 fatty acids. There is some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and in reducing the risk of other conditions such as heart disease.

If you do want to include animal protein, go for lean cuts of poultry such as turkey or chicken breast. Try to avoid processed meat products like sausage, hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meat on the psoriasis diet. Eggs are also occasionally cited as a trigger for psoriasis, so you may want to limit them until you know how your body reacts.

Desserts: One of the main goals of the psoriasis diet is reducing your sugar intake. You'll want to avoid sugar-based sweeteners including honey, agave nectar, brown sugar, and others. You’ll also want to avoid most baked goods like cookies, cakes, and pastries, as well as chocolate, candy, and sweet beverages. You can add flavor to many dishes with ingredients such as ginger and cinnamon.

Beverages: Alcohol is avoided on the psoriasis diet, and you may want to experiment with limiting your caffeine intake too. Try to avoid sugary sodas, fruit juices, as well as sweet, milk-based coffee drinks.

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Recommended Timing

The psoriasis diet can be adjusted to your normal schedule, but you may want to experiment with the timing of your meals and snacks if you are trying to lose weight.

One study investigated different weight loss interventions on psoriasis symptoms. A group that was given a specific diet that included three meals and no more than two snacks per day reported the greatest relief from symptoms. The diet was low in calories and was comprised of 55% carbohydrate, 30% fat, and 15% protein, plus 40minutes of exercise three times a week.

Some people with psoriasis also try intermittent fasting. A 2019 study published in the journal Nutrients explored whether circadian intermittent fasting (followed by those who observe Ramadan) had any impact on people with psoriatic disease—specifically psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

The researchers found that participants in the study seemed to benefit from this type of fasting even if they didn’t lose weight. However, more research is needed to better understand the link proposed by the study and to determine if specific practices related to Ramadan (such as the tendency to take medications at a specific time of day during fasting) may have affected the results.

Cooking Tips

When planning meals for your psoriasis diet, keep in mind that you may be able to make food suitable for your meal plan depending on how you prepare and cook it.

For example, choosing lean cuts of meat and grilling instead of frying them can help reduce calories (for weight loss). Healthy plant-based oils can be used when cooking fish and pasta or drizzled on a salad.

You can even make desserts using baking swaps for milk, egg, fats, and refined flour and sugar. In moderation, these healthier treats can satisfy your sweet tooth without interfering with the goals of your psoriasis diet.

Modifications

Those who follow specialized diets (such as a vegetarian or vegan diet) should have no problems adjusting their food plan to accommodate their psoriasis symptoms. Although, pescatarians may want to choose seafood higher in omega-3s and avoid shellfish. Those following a gluten-free diet will want to choose grains such as quinoa, millet, or oats.

Also, as you adjust your food plan, you may want to consider adding exercise to your daily routine. There has been some preliminary research suggesting that regular physical activity can help reduce weight and psoriatic symptoms.

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The National Psoriasis Foundation suggests following the recommended guideline of 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five times a week. If pain from psoriatic arthritis gets in the way, the organization recommends water exercise.

Considerations

Changing how you eat impacts more than your grocery list. Your home life, work life, and social life may also be impacted. Take the time to think through these changes and make a plan to adapt.

Knowing how you will adjust, and making sure you have the support you need to do so, will make the process easier. It will also help you stick to your plan for the long haul, even if it becomes frustrating at times.

General Nutrition

The overall nutrition of your psoriasis diet will be unique based on what you choose to include, limit, or avoid. But you should be able to reach nutritional guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when creating a psoriasis diet.

Most people will be able to consume vegetables, fruit, grains, proteins, and healthy plant-based oils. Those who choose not to consume dairy can substitute soy beverages. Limiting saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium will not only help you meet recommended nutritional guidelines, but it may also help you reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Flexibility

Your choice of meals and snacks on a psoriasis diet might be a little more limited than you’re used to, but you’ll still have quite a bit of variety.

The main challenge of following a special diet, especially one that restricts or eliminates certain food groups, is figuring out what to do when dining out.

You may have to look a little more closely at restaurant menus or request additional information, such as ingredients lists or how a meal is prepared. You may be able to get substitutions for some items to make a dish that works for your psoriasis diet, or you can order items à la carte to make your own meal.

Support and Community

Psoriasis can be frustrating to manage, especially if you need to make major changes to your lifestyle. While your healthcare provider and other members of your healthcare team will be able to answer your questions about the condition and give you advice about putting together a psoriasis diet, there may be times when you just want to talk to someone who really knows what you’re going through firsthand.

You might find it helpful to join a psoriasis support group, either in person or online. These, as well as message boards, forums, and social media groups, can be a way for you to connect with other people who have psoriasis, many of whom may have tried various versions of a psoriasis diet themselves.

While what has worked for someone else may not be right for you, it can help to talk to others to get ideas, stay motivated, and help you cope with your feelings.

Side Effects

It’s not uncommon to notice some digestive changes when you modify your diet or eating routine. These symptoms are usually temporary and will gradually improve as your body adjusts.

If you experience constipation or diarrhea while adjusting to your psoriasis diet, adjusting your fiber intake may provide some relief. However, if your digestive discomfort doesn’t get better or seems to get worse, tell your healthcare provider. Your symptoms may indicate that you have a food allergy or be a sign of an underlying health problem, such as gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.

Dietary Restrictions

Talk to your healthcare provider before making changes to your diet, especially if you have been prescribed psoriasis treatment. Some of the medications used to treat autoimmune disorders should not be mixed with certain foods or herbal supplements.

If you have other health conditions or are taking medication for another condition, you may need to adjust your psoriasis diet. Always work with your healthcare provider to get personalized advice.

Additionally, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your overall nutritional needs will be increased. Proper nutrition is crucial for a healthy pregnancy, and while it may be fine for you to change your diet to help manage psoriasis symptoms (especially if they seem to get worse during this time), you'll want to ensure you are getting what you need from what you eat.

A Word From Verywell

Psoriasis is a common condition. While there is no cure, you can manage the condition with medication and possibly with dietary changes. Experiment with changes to your food plan to see if it helps. Keeping a food journal may be helpful in this process. Make changes gradually and then take notes about whether or not you experience relief from your symptoms.

FAQs

What is the best drink for psoriasis? ›

The takeaway. The best way to manage PsA symptoms and prevent complications is with medication prescribed by your doctor. You may also want to consider making changes to your diet, for instance, the beverages you drink. The best drinks for PsA include green tea, coffee, and plain water.

Do bananas help with psoriasis? ›

Bananas and their peels may be beneficial to people living with psoriasis. Applying the peels to the skin may provide some benefits, such as antioxidants, moisture, and an anti-inflammatory effect.

Is Egg good for psoriasis? ›

Eggs contain a polyunsaturated fatty acid called arachidonic acid that has been shown to be a trigger for psoriasis symptoms, so they would generally not be considered good for psoriasis. In addition to eggs, other foods may also trigger or worsen psoriasis symptoms, such as: Red meat.

Does drinking lots of water help psoriasis? ›

In general, yes, drinking water and staying properly hydrated can help keep the skin hydrated and may reduce the number and severity of flare-ups. Psoriasis may come and go without any apparent reason. It may even go away for months, but it will almost always return eventually.

How do you detox from psoriasis? ›

Psoriasis detox diets are said to promote cleansing and enhance detoxification. Generally, most involve eliminating all potential trigger foods, including nightshades, added sugar, alcohol, and refined carbs.

Is lemon water good for psoriasis? ›

Since lemon juice can get rid of dead skin cells, the theory is that it might also alleviate skin patches attributed to psoriasis and dandruff. The sloughing-off effects are attributed to lemon's natural levels of citric acid, as AHAs have an exfoliating effect on the skin.

Which juice is good for psoriasis? ›

Drinking a combination of bitter gourd juice and lime first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can help provide relief from psoriasis. Although, recommended by dietitians, it takes about 5-6 months to show effective results. 1.

Is chicken good for psoriasis? ›

Is chicken good for psoriasis? Chicken is a leaner protein, so it may be better for psoriasis symptoms than red meats.

How can I boost my immune system to fight psoriasis? ›

Include antioxidants in your diet: Studies have found a link between insufficient antioxidant activity and psoriasis. Selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin E are powerful antioxidants that you can try including in your diet through nuts, seeds, germinated microgreens or sprouts, and fresh fruits.

Does taking vitamin D help psoriasis? ›

Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to psoriasis. While a deficiency doesn't seem to cause psoriasis outright, it may impair the body's ability to keep the skin healthy. This may increase flares. When taken in healthy doses, vitamin D can help treat psoriasis.

Is milk good for psoriasis? ›

Dairy. Like red meat, dairy also contains arachidonic acid. A 2017 review suggested that the arachidonic acid in dairy products may irritate the intestinal tract's inner lining and worsen psoriasis symptoms.

Is coffee OK for psoriasis? ›

"There have been reports that coffee increases the risk of psoriasis and that coffee helps quell psoriasis," he said. However, this study found no risk or benefit from coffee, Qureshi added. The report was published in the March issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

Is yogurt good for psoriasis? ›

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria present in yogurt and fermented foods. People can also consume them in supplements. Having the right balance of bacteria in the body may help the immune system. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and research suggests probiotics may be helpful in managing psoriasis symptoms.

What nuts help psoriasis? ›

Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to reduce inflammation, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). Interestingly, according to the NPF, some people with psoriasis have too few omega-3s and too many omega-6s, which tend to increase inflammation.

Is Vaseline good for psoriasis? ›

Use over-the-counter products that your doctor suggests. These may include Cetaphil, Lubriderm, or Eucerin. Petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) and vegetable shortening (such as Crisco) also work.

Do and don'ts in psoriasis? ›

The best way to handle psoriasis is to do so gently. Avoid the temptation to scratch or scrub lesions, which will only irritate them, making them worse. Try not to pick at scales, which can cause bleeding and increase your risk of infection.

Does honey help psoriasis? ›

In psoriasis, 5/8 patients showed a significant response to honey mixture. In patients using clobetasol propionate, 5/10 patients showed no deterioration upon 75% reduction of corticosteroid doses with use of mixture C. Conclusion: Honey mixture appears useful in the management of dermatitis and psoriasis vulgaris.

Does cutting out sugar help psoriasis? ›

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It can make inflammation worse and raise your chances of heart disease. It also can lead to weight gain, and being overweight or obese may make your psoriasis worse. Skip the sugary drinks and cut back on sweets, like candy and dessert.

What is the root cause of psoriasis? ›

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. It's not known exactly why this happens, but research suggests it's caused by a problem with the immune system. Your body produces new skin cells in the deepest layer of skin.

Is chocolate good for psoriasis? ›

Flavanols in dark chocolate help reduce inflammation, helping with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and keeping the skin look youthful. Dark chocolate has ample benefits for your scalp and hair too!

What vegetables help psoriasis? ›

A diet high in fruits and vegetables is recommended for inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis. Foods to eat include: broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and arugula.

How do you get rid of psoriasis overnight? ›

Topical therapy. Corticosteroids. These drugs are the most frequently prescribed medications for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. They are available as oils, ointments, creams, lotions, gels, foams, sprays and shampoos.

Is tea good for psoriasis? ›

Those treated with green tea showed slower growth of skin cells and the presence of a gene that regulates the cells' life cycles. Green tea could hold promise as a new treatment for skin disorders such as psoriasis and dandruff, Medical College of Georgia researchers say.

How do you detox from psoriasis? ›

Psoriasis detox diets are said to promote cleansing and enhance detoxification. Generally, most involve eliminating all potential trigger foods, including nightshades, added sugar, alcohol, and refined carbs.

How can I boost my immune system to fight psoriasis? ›

Include antioxidants in your diet: Studies have found a link between insufficient antioxidant activity and psoriasis. Selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin E are powerful antioxidants that you can try including in your diet through nuts, seeds, germinated microgreens or sprouts, and fresh fruits.

What is the root cause of psoriasis? ›

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. It's not known exactly why this happens, but research suggests it's caused by a problem with the immune system. Your body produces new skin cells in the deepest layer of skin.

How do you clear up psoriasis? ›

Topical therapy. Corticosteroids. These drugs are the most frequently prescribed medications for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. They are available as oils, ointments, creams, lotions, gels, foams, sprays and shampoos.

If you have psoriasis, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains may help reduce symptoms. A healthy diet can ease the inflammation causing your flare-ups.

For the more than 8 million people in the U.S. who live with psoriasis, diet may play a bigger role than we think in how our bodies handle inflammation.. For example, fatty foods can increase inflammation in adipose tissue (body fat), which is throughout your body.. Ongoing fat tissue inflammation (common in people who are overweight or obese) greatly increases your risk of psoriasis.. There are several categories of inflammatory foods that can make psoriasis symptoms worse.. Fats in red meat, cheese, fried food, margarine, fast food and many processed snacks are known to trigger inflammation in the body.. These fats increase the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in your blood, also called “bad cholesterol.” Studies suggest there may be a link between excess fat in the body and development of psoriasis and worsening of psoriasis symptoms.. People with celiac disease need to avoid gluten completely, though some people without the disease have found that reducing gluten in their diet lessens psoriasis flare-ups.. Some tests can measure inflammation with biomarkers, which are substances in your blood that spike when your body reacts a certain way to foods such as fats or sugar.. As you adjust your diet to ease psoriasis symptoms, be sure to work with your psoriasis doctor to monitor symptoms and inflammation levels.. Following a Mediterranean diet for psoriatic arthritis or psoriasis can also reduce chronic inflammation that contributes to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other conditions.

If you have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), these healthy and delicious meals and snacks can help keep stomach pain, diarrhea, and other digestive symptoms at bay.

To lessen gastrointestinal symptoms, you may also want to eat five or six small meals a day instead of the traditional three.. Benefit for EPI: Milk provides the extra protein and calcium you need when you have EPI, and nuts contribute fiber and healthy fats.. nets about 75 calories, but only have about 17 calories each.. McIntyre recommends cooking the vegetables until soft and then adding 1/4 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese and 1 or 2 whisked eggs.. Benefit for EPI: Egg whites provide protein, and vegetables supply fiber as well as essential vitamins and minerals.. For lunch, McIntyre recommends making a taco salad with greens — including spinach, peppers, and onions — 1/4 cup of black beans, and 1/4 cup of avocado.. Benefit for EPI: The chicken provides protein, while the yogurt is a good source of calcium.. Baked fish with wild rice is another healthy meal to include in your EPI diet.. McIntyre recommends a light fish, such as cod.. Preheat your oven to [suggestion: 375 or 400] degrees F. Mix ground turkey breast with egg whites, whole-wheat bread crumbs, low-fat grated cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano.. Benefit for EPI: Meatballs are a good source of protein , and the salad provides fiber.. A healthy diet for EPI can still include fat.. McIntyre recommends peeling the apple if fiber is difficult for you to digest.. Benefit for EPI: Peanut butter is a healthy fat that provides fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium .. Benefit for EPI: Greek yogurt provides more protein and is lower in carbohydrates than regular yogurt, and the nuts are an easy way to add healthy fats to your diet.

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• Red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues • White blood cells, which fight infections • Platelets, smaller cells that help blood to clot. Blood is conducted through blood vessels (arteries and veins).. Internal bleeding often causes a hematoma.. Leukemia: A form of blood cancer , in which white blood cells multiply abnormally and circulate through the blood.. The abnormal white blood cells make getting sick from infections easier than normal.. Lymphoma : A form of blood cancer, in which white blood cells multiply abnormally inside lymph nodes and other tissues.. Anemia : An abnormally low number of red blood cells in the blood.. DIC usually results from severe infections or cancer.. Frequent or uncontrolled bleeding can result from hemophilia.. A heart attack, stroke, or blood clots in the legs or lungs can result.. Polycythemia : Abnormally high numbers of red blood cells in the blood.. Polycythemia can result from low blood oxygen levels, or may occur as a cancer-like condition.. Leukemia, anemia, malaria, and numerous other blood conditions can be identified with a blood smear.. Cryoprecipitate transfusion can replace specific blood clotting proteins when their levels are low, such as in people with hemophilia.. Antibiotics : Medicines to kill bacteria and parasites can treat blood infections caused by these organisms.

A healthy vitamin-rich diet is beneficial for both skin health and overall health. Supplements may also help, but see a doctor first. Here's why.

While no evidence suggests that increasing vitamin intake will cure psoriasis, some studies show that adding vitamins on top of other treatments can relieve symptoms.. A diet rich in a variety of vitamins is a simple way to ensure a strong baseline of health to fight psoriasis.. According to an older study from 2011 , people with psoriasis were found to have less vitamin A in their skin, particularly carotenoids, than people without psoriasis.. Although more studies are needed to understand the relationship between psoriasis and vitamin A, implementing more vitamin A into your diet could improve symptoms of psoriasis.. Biotin (B-7) and B12 have been found to help improve the symptoms of psoriasis.. Vitamin B12 is a strong topical treatment for psoriasis.. A case study of one participant with severe psoriasis found that increased vitamin C (among other diet changes) eradicated the person’s psoriasis within 6 months.. More research is needed to determine whether dietary vitamin C may improve the symptoms of psoriasis.. Supplementing with these nutrients may help to ease some of the arthritic symptoms related to psoriasis.. Although more research is needed to confirm the link between MSM and psoriasis symptoms, MSM is considered a safe sulfur-containing compound that can be found in supplement form.. While taking vitamin supplements is beneficial to your overall health and psoriasis symptoms, it is not a replacement for the treatment you are receiving from your doctor.. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are plenty of ways to make living with psoriasis more comfortable and manageable.. Building a strong immune system, lowering your exposure to inflammatory triggers, and developing a baseline of skin health are great ways to help ensure that psoriasis symptoms will not become worse.

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