Can your diet and nutrition affect psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin complaint that can cause a red rash, mainly around the elbows, knees, hands, the lower back and the scalp. It can be very difficult to treat clients with the condition as the cause can be complex.
As with any autoimmune condition, the body’s normal defence mechanism gets confused and this leads to immune cells beginning to behave differently. With psoriasis, this causes inflammation, which then alters skin cell reproduction and differentiation. Thicker patches of skin then form where new cells build up faster than old skin cells are shed. In some cases, psoriasis can be so severe that these itchy patches cover a large percentage of the skin.
What to do next
If your client suffers from psoriasis, they may ask you whether dairy causes inflammation, or if eliminating gluten from their diet would help them manage psoriasis symptoms.
The truth is that diet appears to have a substantial role in causing the inflammation that triggers psoriasis, and food intolerances may play a part. However, it’s important to remember that each person is unique, so there may be many other foods that are causing your client’s food sensitivity; for example, wheat, eggs or nuts.
A simple IgG food intolerance test may help to determine whether a food intolerance* is the root cause of your client’s psoriasis.
Psoriasis and gut health
If your client has a food intolerance, then eating certain foods may be aggravating their gut. This could cause inflammation and encourage psoriasis.
Identifying food intolerances and then allowing the gut time to heal can be very relevant for those with an autoimmune condition. What a person chooses to eat is very important. As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks that we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another.
For clients with persistently itchy skin, discovering and understanding their food and drink intolerances* and the effects they have on their health and wellbeing can be a very important step. Once individual food triggers are identified, informed choices can be made to optimise diet and quality of life.
Contact the Lorisian team today to learn more about food intolerance* and find out about our IgG testing services.
*Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG antibody reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. Lorisian do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that your client discusses any medical concerns they have with a GP before undertaking one of our programmes.