There is not so much one can do to prevent an initial outbreak of psoriasis. It is of course possible to limit the risk factors which are known to worsen the condition: maintain a healthy weight, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. This is especially important if one is genetically predisposed to developing the skin condition. We advise that those who suffer with psoriasis (and other rheumatic conditions) have their uric acid levels checked frequently as the production of uric acid often can influence such health problems.
If one suffers with arthritis related to psoriasis, there are normally various markers (e.g. human leukocyte antigens HLA-B13, HLA-B17, HLA-B37) recognisable on the blood cells. As a precautionary measure, a stool examination can reveal the unhealthy or pathological condition of the gut bacteria (similar to those who suffer with dermatitis). Additionally x-rays as well as a molecular imaging (to check the level of cellular activity in the joints) can also be helpful in the diagnosis.
In contrast to dermatitis, there much less connection between diet and psoriasis. It's always a good idea to be careful with what one eats, in this case try to eat more pure and less processed foods and lessen/eliminate foods such as ham, alcohol and organ meats from the diet.
Consistent skin care is essential in the preventative of psoriasis
A healthy digestive system is very important. You can normalise your digestive functioning and purify your stomach and intestinal tract using fangocur Bentomed. It detoxifies the stomach and intestines so that fewer metabolic waste products have to be processed by the skin. This lessens stress on the skin.
Daily cleaning of the skin can present a significant problem as the soaps most commonly available contain chemical additives which can irritate and stress the skin. The Curative Mineral Soap was developed just for this reason – to deeply and thoroughly clean sensitive skin. This soap is all-natural and was specifically developed for skin conditions such as psoriasis.
It's also a good idea to occasionally apply the Curative Mineral Mask. This is an effective preventative measure to take, even after the psoriasis has healed.
Don't make it worse
Even when the psoriasis is already present, it's a good idea to avoid stimuli which can further exacerbate the condition: smoking, being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption. Which preventative measures are most important depends on the individual so it's important to pay special attention to what makes your skin condition worse. In general, it's a good idea to include omega 3 fatty acids in the diet – it's an unsaturated fatty acid found in oil-rich fish like salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel.
Keep in mind that it is crucial to take care of your skin even when you are free of psoriasis symptoms. This helps prevent flare ups of the skin condition and to lessen their severity if they do occur. Avoid irritating the skin, either physically or chemically, and when possible treat your skin to a natural remedy.
Many of those who suffer with psoriasis can benefit from relaxation exercises as well as other means to improve self confidence (meditation, autogenic training, etc.). One's own experience with the disease can have a major impact on life in general, in a positive as well as negative sense, as one seeks to prevent and heal the condition and to become more healthy in general.
Nutrition for those who suffer with psoriasis
It goes without saying that the condition and appearance of the skin is highly influenced by the diet. What exactly is good or bad is for each person to find out – but there are few hard and fast rules. It's been determined that some factors like alcohol consumption and being overweight are detrimental, and the consumption of omega 3 fatty acids is beneficial, either in treating a flare up or as a preventative measure. Regular and/or excessive alcohol consumption is know to significantly worsen the illness, as alcohol not only affects the condition of the skin; as with some medications alcohol must be processed by the liver, and this added strain on the body can increase the severity of the psoriasis.
Scientific studies have shown that omega 3 fatty acids (long chain unsaturated fats) can have a positive effect on psoriasis and their regular consumption is also a good preventative measure. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish (along with other sources), and their health benefits have been known for years – they have a protective function for those who suffer with arteriosclerosis. More recently it's been found that they also have anti-inflammatory effects which is helpful for sufferers of rheumatic conditions as well as psoriasis. This is due to their antagonistic activity against arachidonic acid, a substance know to both cause and worsen inflammation. For this very reason, it's also important to limit consumption of foods which are high in arachidonic acid: processed and fatty meats, cream, butter and eggs.
Enjoy a lot of fruits and vegetables , especially those high in beta-carotene such as tomatoes and carrots – it seems to have a positive effect on psoriasis, and you already know it's healthy. It's also a good idea to include fish, low-fat dairy products and small portions of lean meats.
In addition to these very general recommendations, it's essential that everyone who suffers with psoriasis investigate exactly what foods (e.g. spices, nuts, citrus fruits) are problematic. What makes the condition worse or seems to stimulate the psoriasis? These foods should then be avoided in general, both during a flare-up of the psoriasis and as a way to prevent psoriasis.
Psoriasis and being overweight (obesity)
Being overweight is more and more commonly recognised as an exacerbating factor for those who suffer with psoriasis – it's very likely that being overweight makes the condition worse. For example during times when less food was available such as during war, the number of cases of psoriasis was markedly less. With an increase in prosperity comes an increase in psoriasis cases. Overweight people suffer with the condition much more frequently that those who maintain normal weight.
Psoriasis is commonly related to metabolic syndrome, also known as affluenza. This disease-complex is in truth a combination of illnesses brought on by excessive food consumption and insufficient physical activity (i.e. exercise) which is so common in Western industrialised countries. This ever more common syndrome includes health conditions such as diabetes mellitus (type 2), high blood pressure, high blood lipid levels and high levels of uric acid in the blood (i.e. gout) – illnesses which also exacerbate psoriasis.
It's important for many reasons to maintain a healthy weight, so it's a good idea to seek the advice of a nutritionist or your doctor if you need help. The simple activities involved in loosing weight can lessen the severity and frequency of psoriasis, especially the psoriasis found in the folds of the skin and psoriatic arthritis.
You'll also find more helpful advice on our fangocur Success Plan page.