8 Foods to Avoid If You Have Psoriasis

Below are eight foods to avoid if you have psoriasis and are
tired of the flare-ups and other symptoms that come with it.

Below are eight foods to avoid if you have psoriasis and are tired of the flare-ups and other symptoms that come with it.

Anyone dealing with psoriasis can tell you it’s no fun. It can
be uncomfortable, unsightly, embarrassing, and it can itch
quite a bit. Some people deal with psoriasis on their back,
some on their scalp, some around their eyes.

While there’s not conclusive scientific evidence linking any
particular foods to these flare-ups, there is some preliminary
research correlating certain foods with psoriasis.
Correlation is not causation, but it can’t hurt to see if
changing your diet can give you some symptom relief.

8 Foods to Avoid If You Have Psoriasis

1. Gluten and Yeast. There may be a direct connection between the
consumption of gluten and/or yeast and psoriasis. While
researchers are still working to understand the link, there are
plenty of people with psoriasis who claim when they shift from
consuming products with gluten or wheat, often wheat, rye, and
barley-based bread, they see a dramatic reduction in the

2. Some Condiments. There are certain
condiments, such as curry, vinegar, and paprika that seems to
affect people with psoriasis a bit
than others. There’s no scientific link between these
and those flare-ups, but it has been noted that some people
with psoriasis notice a marked increase when consuming more of
these condiments.

3. Red Meat. This might not be welcome news
for those who love a good steak, but red meat contains arachidonic acid, which is
a polyunsaturated fat. This is known to cause problems for
people with inflammatory conditions, which psoriasis certainly

4. Dairy. Whether it’s milk, cheese, sour
cream, or other dairy products, there’s some concern that
because of the protein casein found in dairy products, this protein has been linked to

5. Junk Food. As psoriasis is an inflammatory
condition, anything that’s going to exacerbate those
inflammations is probably not the best thing to eat. Junk food
falls right into that category because it often contains trans
and saturated fats as well as
refined starches and sugars
. These are all inflammatory

6. Alcohol. Alcohol will open the blood vessels in the skin,
which allows those white blood cells that are responsible for
psoriasis to make it to the surface of the skin. Symptoms of
psoriasis can often increase, even for those who are considered
light to moderate drinkers.

7. Certain Plants. Often referred to as
‘nightshade plants,’ potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant may all
be culprits for increasing psoriasis outbreaks.

8. Citrus. Yes, you love oranges, grapefruit,
and other citrus fruits, but they may not help your skin. The
problem with citrus is only for those who may have some type of
allergies to these fruits, which would cause psoriasis to flare

What about sugar? Is there a link between sugar and psoriasis? Well,
no, there’s not. There is a link between eating better, losing
weight, putting your body under less stress as a result, and
that may certainly help improve your skin tone, complexion, and

When you understand the various risk factors associated with
psoriasis and that some foods may increase the potential for
flare ups, begin to experiment for yourself. You might discover
there’s a combination of foods that are better left in your

This post is sponsored by Quality Care by Leo;
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