In honor of Psoriasis Action Month, we’re doing Psoriasis 101. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, as many as 8 million Americans have psoriasis. We always recommend working with your doctor, but here are a few suggestions that may begin to help the problem:
- Adopt an Anti-inflammatory diet: Go gluten-free and dairy-free and avoid sugar to reduce inflammation in your body. Focus on eating healthy sources of omega-3 fats, foods rich in polyphenols like berries and colorful vegetables and cook with herbs like turmeric and curcumin.
- Avoid toxic exposures: Heavy metal or mercury toxicity that can trigger a psoriasis flare-up. Work with your doctor to get the necessary testing and to establish a treatment plan to lower heavy metal levels.
- Take probiotics: an unhealthy gut microbiome can lead to a leaky gut or and other gut flora imbalances that can exacerbate psoriasis. Incorporate probiotics into your daily routine, like our Probio IgG.
- Exercise: Get moving! Exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory, and when combined with dietary changes, has been shown to reduce psoriasis flares.
- Focus on Sleep: Studies show that patients with psoriasis have more sleep disturbances. Try to get eight hours of quality sleep each night.
To schedule an appointment and discuss your health and wellness goals, call our office at 239-649-7400 or submit an appointment request through our online form.