What You Eat Or Don’t Eat May Improve Your Psoriasis

Dr Bagel explains how to possibly improve your Psoriasis with our food and exercise choices.

The National Psoriasis Association of America recently had a webcast by Dr Jerry Bagel.

Dr Bagel is a medical director at the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey and a USA national expert on psoriasis. He has served on the national psoriasis association medical board. Should you be interested in more webcasts, sign up on the website (www.psoriasis.org) and visit the list of webcasts here.

The following information are excerpts from Dr Bagel’s talk during the webcast. For the full talk, please view the links below.

Psoriasis patients with severe psoriasis have extra billions of T cells in you skin that produce chemicals and make your epidermis grow too quickly. Molecules such as TNF not only cause the growth of epidermis, also increase Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

Pro inflammatory molecules are in people with psoriasis that doesn’t only cause psoriasis but can bring on the co morbidities such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension – 3 to 4 times more than normal people. It increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Certain drugs make psoriasis worse – systemic steroids, beta blockers. Other medical conditions such as strep infections or earache can also make the psoriasis much worse.

30% of people who have psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis. This usually occurs 10 years after the onset of psoriasis. Some symptoms – Do you have stiffness in fingers or toes when you wake up in the morning? Another symptom is pain under your feet.

Fat in itself produces increase of TNF (Tumor necrosis factors) and this produces more T Cells. These are produced in the white blood cells. The more obese you are, the more psoriasis you will have and also likely to develop more of the co- morbidities.

Alcohol is terrible for psoriasis as it opens up the bloods vessels to the skin. More white blood skills then can get to the skin. White blood cells are making the chemicals that make your skin grow to quickly. When drinking alcohol, you are fueling the psoriasis pathway.

Compared with the general population, people with psoriasis have a higher
prevalence of:

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Crohn’s disease
Metabolic syndrome

What can we do to minimise the inflammation:

1) Good food – Decrease pro-inflammatory condition
2) Good exercise – Decrease weight

“Eliminate processed foods”

Processed foods are turning right into sugar.
The sugar is turning right into fat.
Fat is turning into pro inflammatory molecules which will increase atherosclerosis
and risk of heart attack.

Cut out the red meat and switch to salmon. Get away from sugary foods, flour
and white rice (Note: Which is very difficult when eating out especially in Malaysia or Asia).

Dr Bagel also talks about the elimination of gluten which may help certain people
with psoriasis.

For more in-depth information, visit the National Psoriasis Association of America by clicking here or DOWNLOAD THE WEBCAST BY RIGHT CLICKING HERE & SAVE. Note: File format is WMV.

Non Diary & Gluten Free Margarine Spread

Available at The Village Grocer and other well stocked supermarkets.

Some of us psoriasis patients may be allergic to food that contains dairy. Should your allergies cause you to itch and scratch, then it is possible that the Koebner phenomenon may cause your psoriasis to worsen. Nevertheless, keeping a healthy lifestyle and watching the food we eat – will contribute to our well being.

Looking for a margarine spread without dairy? Try Nuttelex from Australia – available from The Village Grocer and other well stocked supermarkets.

This margarine spread can be used for cooking, frying and baking with 65% less saturated fat than butter and 55% less salt.

You may be happy to know the following:

Dairy & Lactose FREE
Nut Oil FREE
Gluten FREE
FREE FROM Animal Ingredients
FREE FROM Artificial Additives
Cholesterol FREE
Free from Genetically Modified Ingredients
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Ingredients include (all from vegetable sources): Sunflower oil, Canola oil (Non Genetically Modified), vegetable oils, water, salt, emulsifiers (471, sunflower lecithin), natural flavour, vitamins A, D2, E.

For more information, visit http://www.nuttelex.com.au

Editor’s note: We don’t get paid for featuring or promoting such food items. We are merely sharing the types of food that are safe for psoriasis patients that may also have allergies or just wish to maintain a healthy diet.