Psoriasis, a common skin disorder, occurs when skin cells replicate too
quickly. The skin produces new cells at about ten times its normal rate,
but also it continues to slough off old ones at its usual, slower pace.
With nowhere else to go, the new cells pile up under the surface, creating
patches of red, swollen skin covered with silvery or whitish scales.
Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but it most often surfaces on
the scalp, the knees, the elbows, the buttocks, and the backs of the
wrists. The rash usually doesn't itch, but if you scratch, it may bleed.
Psoriasis comes and goes in cycles and leaves no scars, although the area
may be thick and dry even in times of remission. The nails may also be
affected and may develop stipples and pitted areas.
Occasionally, in a condition known as pustular psoriasis, blisters will
rise on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet. Psoriasis has also
been linked to inflammatory arthritis of the fingers and the toes.
Psoriasis can cause a type of arthritis that resembles rheumatoid arthritis
in some individuals. The nails are affected in 30 to 50 percent of people
with psoriasis, resembling in a pitting, a discoloration, and a thickening
of the nails' plates.
The exact cause of psoriasis remains unknown, but the prevailing theory
connects the high rate of cell replication to a genetic flaw. This theory
is backed up by the large number of cases that run in families. As with
most genetic disorders, however, it's also likely that people simply
inherit a predisposition to psoriasis. Lifestyle choices play an important
part in determining the severity and the frequency of the condition or
whether you'll even experience it at all. A poor diet, for example, often
worsens this condition. The identification and the treatment of food
allergies is the key for some individuals. The digestive tract is a focal
point for many people with psoriasis. Poor digestion, especially incomplete
protein digestion, leads to the creation of toxins known as polyamines,
which contribute to excessive skin proliferation. Also, the overgrowth of
Candida albicans and various bacteria by-products is thought to worsen this
condition. Along with the overgrowth of these microbes is often an
imbalance or a deficiency of friendly flora, the good bacteria that help
detoxify the body. Liver function is of crucial importance, as it is the
body's main filtering system. Optimizing liver function with sound
nutrition and nutritional supplements can be helpful.
We have also found a connection between psoriasis and a low intake of
essential fatty acids (EFAs). Finally, stress, fluctuating hormones,
sunburn, and other environmental factors can also contribute to flare-ups.
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- Take 100 mg 2 times daily with meals. Reduce if a
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Take 2 high-quality fish oil capsules daily. Fish oil
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Take 500 mg or 4 ml three times daily. This herb
reduces the effects of bacterial toxins that aggravate
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Milk Thistle / Silymarin
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Take 300 mg three times daily of an 80 to 85 percent
silymarin extract. Milk thistle improves liver
detoxification and reduces cellular proliferation.
Super Prescription #5
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(1 mg) of sublingual B-12 daily. This has been shown to
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such as chlorella or spirulina, or a mixture of super
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studies for Psoraisis
Red, inflamed patches of skin, covered with silvery or white scales
Thick, dry skin in times of remission
Dull, distorted nails
Blisters on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet (in cases
of pustular psoriasis)
A poor diet, especially one that's low in fiber and EFAs
Difficulty digesting protein
Overgrowth of Candida albicans and other microbes
Poor liver function
Illness or infection
As with all skin disorders, psoriasis is best treated by encouraging the
body to eliminate toxins through the bowels and the urinary tract, rather
than through the skin.
Get your protein from fish and vegetarian sources like tofu and beans.
These foods are much easier to digest than animal proteins are.
Increase your intake of fiber. Eat fresh, whole foods and include whole
grains, raw fruits and vegetables, or beans at every meal.
Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and have been shown to greatly
improve psoriasis. Cold-water fish like mackerel and salmon are excellent
sources of EFAs, and so are both flaxseeds and flaxseed oil. (Flaxseeds are
also a concentrated source of the fiber you need. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons
daily, along with 10 ounces of water.)
Many psoriasis sufferers are deficient in zinc and vitamin A. Eat pumpkin
seeds for zinc; for vitamin A, eat orange, yellow, or green vegetables.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours to improve digestion,
flush away toxins, and reduce inflammation.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid red meat, poultry, and milk. People with psoriasis often have
difficulty digesting protein, and these foods are the hardest on your
intestines. In addition, both red meat and milk contain arachidonic acid,
which aggravates inflammation.
Do not eat other foods that are difficult to digest. Fatty, fried, and junk
foods all fall into this category, as do products that are high in refined
Alcohol causes inflammation and triggers psoriasis in many people. Drink
only in moderation and monitor your intake; if alcohol leads to a flare-up,
you should stop drinking altogether.
In some people, psoriasis is brought on by allergic reactions to food. If a
certain food triggers an episode of psoriasis or makes an existing one
worse, remove if from your diet. Gluten, cow's milk, sugar, and citrus
fruits are common offenders.
Make sure to avoid caffeine.
A detoxification program will reduce toxic waste and return your digestive
system to a more efficient working order. You may discover that
detoxification, especially fasting, brings on an episode of psoriasis or
makes an existing flare-up worse, but that's because you're shedding toxins
at an increased rate. Once your body system is clean again, you may find a
dramatic improvement in your skin.
Fast on juices for two to three days. Green drinks and detoxifying herbal
teas are good choices for extra cleansing power.
Flaxseed oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation of
the skin. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) extract improves liver detoxification. Take
800 mg twice daily.
A probiotics supplement provides friendly bacteria, such as
Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus, which are important for
detoxification and skin health. Take a product containing at least 4
billion active organisms daily.
Gentian root (Gentiana lutea) improves overall digestive function. Take
300 mg or 10 to 20 drops five to fifteen minutes before meals.
A high-potency multivitamin provides a base of nutrients for skin
health. Take as directed on the container.
Drink a quarter cup of aloe vera juice for its cooling,
anti-inflammatory effect, or apply aloe vera gel directly to the
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