Smart Psoriasis Diet Plan Step 5
You must eliminate all foods that are generally accepted as bad for psoriasis from your diet.
Once you have fixed your Vitamin D levels which ensure your immune system is ready to operate at its most effective capacity, you need to implement some changes to your diet.
The reason for this is to fix the Leaky Gut issue that prevails in the majority of psoriasis sufferers and in my opinion, is one of the main causes of your psoriasis lesions.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Here is how Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs (please note that there is still lots of research to be done on this subject, as it is quite controversial, but evidence is starting to show a strong relationship between gut health and psoriasis);
- Candida albicans yeast* overgrowth in your large intestines which is caused by antibiotics
- A diet high in saturated fats, sugar and yeast feed the mass overgrowth of these Candida Albicans in your large intestines (colon)
- This overgrowth weakens your intestinal walls causing what is commonly known as leaky gut syndrome whereby your gut can release bacteria, toxins and undigested food particles. Your liver becomes overworked trying to eliminate these substances and therefore eliminates through the skin causing psoriasis lesions. Not only that but it can wreak havoc on your overall health.
*Candida Albicans yeast, it is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. When the Candida Albicans population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body.
If we look back at my story, you will remember that I suffered bad bouts of tonsillitis when I was 14. I remember taking numerous courses of antibiotics when I was younger and especially around the time of the bout of bad tonsillitis. I believe this was the foundation for a life filled with psoriasis. While I was born with the psoriasis gene, it is quite possible that these repeated bouts of tonsillitis and courses of antibiotics triggered the gene, and my life long struggle with psoriasis began.
My diet when I was younger did consist of a lot of white bread, biscuits, sweets, processed meat. This did not help my condition and just fed the continued growth of my Candida Albicans yeast in my gut. As I got older and left home, my diet got worse, my stress levels increased, both of which adding more toxins into my system and naturally my condition got worse as a result.
Therefore, in my opinion, the way to control your psoriasis is to eliminate the leaky gut problem. We do this by:
- Removing the substances that fuel the growth of Candida Albicans yeast
- Replace with foods that aid the rebuild the gut lining
- Introduce friendly bacteria to the colon which returns it to a natural balance and therefore fixing the “leaky gut”.
This stops all the unwanted substances from leaving your colon, entering your bloodstream and being pushed to the skin by your liver. Once this occurs, the lesions that you currently have will fade with time and your psoriasis problem will be controlled once and for all.
Therefore in this step, we must eliminate the bad foods to allow our gut a chance to repair.
Foods To Avoid For Psoriasis
Here are a list of the foods you must avoid as a first step in fixing your gut issue. They are all highly inflammatory and feed the Candida Albicans yeast.
NO SUGAR – Sweets, candy bars, soda etc. This also includes alcoholic beverages as they are high in sugar that can feed the growth of the Candida yeast. Alcohol also puts stress on your organs and immune system.
NO PROCESSED FOOD – No packet pre-cooked sandwich meats, bacon, frozen dinners, microwave popcorn, tinned soups etc. as it contains high levels of unhealthy trans fats.
NO REFINED GRAINS OR GLUTEN – No white flour non-wholegrain products like white bread, white rice, white pasta etc. as they contain refined carbohydrates which are stripped of necessary fibre which help keep your internal system in a healthy equilibrium by eliminating waste efficiently and in a timely manner from your body.
Gluten causes gut inflammation and acts like glue inside your digestive system. It also contains lectins which bind with essential minerals that now cannot get absorbed efficiently through the digestive process.
The proceed with caution food groups for psoriasis
Avoid dairy products or at the very least use low-fat milk very sparingly.
Avoid eating too much fruit & honey because these are natural sources of sugar and can fuel your candida.
Avoid caffeine if possible or else at least reduce it to 1 or 2 cups a day. If you like to drink tea, try to avoid mixing with milk as it eliminates the minimal amount of antioxidant benefit that normal black tea offers.
Limit red meat intake to 4-6 times per month and only use grass fed fresh cuts as these contain little to no sugar content.
Limit starchy vegetables such as yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas and all beans except green beans.
Avoid nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, pimentos, huckleberries, tomatillos, paprika, ground cayenne pepper and hot sauce.
Nightshades & Psoriasis Connection
Avoid nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, pimentos, huckleberries, tomatillos, paprika, ground cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Nightshades or their correct scientific name, Solanaceae species are often rich in alkaloids whose toxicity to humans and animals ranges from mildly irritating to fatal in small quantities. Tobacco also includes these harmful alkaloids.
Natural Health practitioners tend to advise total avoidance of the nightshade family if you suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and psoriasis. In fact, one in three arthritis sufferers reacts badly to nightshades. While this is no way conclusive that it affects your psoriasis condition, I tend to avoid this group as a precaution but I do have some from time to time.
Because of the yeast overgrowth connection with psoriasis some psoriasis sufferers like to advise to avoid starchy vegetables such as yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas and all beans except green beans.
However, I tend to disagree and I find no reaction to eating these vegetables in moderation. If your Doctor has informed you that you are suffering from a yeast infection then just cut out these vegetables from your diet for 4-6 weeks and reintroduce slowly and note any reactions.
If you can stick to the above you will see improvements in your skin. However please note that everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you. I do believe the above to be a good baseline for others to follow and add or take away food from the food to avoid list dependant on your reactions.
Once your psoriasis is under control, you can start to reintroduce some foods into your diet, starting with nightshades, then gluten.
If you see a reaction then simply add it to your foods that you should never touch list!
Detox For Psoriasis
There is much discussion lately about the words “Detox” and “Toxins”. Many supplement creators have used these words in their packaging and marketing to sell their products.
Edzard Ernst professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University states “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. “The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”
If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, he says, you’d likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention. “The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak,” he says. “There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.”
You may be asking why I bring this up?
In my previous edition of the Smart Psoriasis Diet, I documented my success story using Liquid Bentonite Clay mixed with Whole Psyllium Husk as a way to cleanse my colon of “toxins”. I found great results after 3 weeks as it seems to eliminate psoriasis on my back which had been present for 5 years straight.
I also consumed anti-fungal supplements as I wanted to rid myself of internal candida yeast infections. That combined with the Liquid Bentonite Clay + Whole Psyllium Husk drink ensured that I had regular bowel movements and that the die off from destroyed candida yeast infections was absorbed into the bentonite clay and eliminated from my body quicker though the high fibre Psyllium Husk.
I am not a medical doctor but I believe this drink can help very stubborn cases of the leaky gut syndrome and therefore your psoriasis.
To read the benefits of Bentonite Clay, Whole Psyllium Husk and anti-fungal tablets, I would recommend that you check out the following page on the Smart Psoriasis Diet Website.
However I believe this is now optional to take, as I have cleared psoriasis flare-ups without taking these supplements but that was when I was living a smart psoriasis diet style lifestyle, getting vitamin D daily, not smoking, exercising and enjoying a healthy balanced psoriasis-friendly diet.
I still cannot deny the benefits I got from those supplements when I first experimented with it and it definitely helped my psoriasis then when first starting out on my journey of self-discovery.
Bottom Line – If you still cannot noticeably improve your psoriasis following this 6 step plan within 2 months, then you should consider the bentonite clay and psyllium husk “detox”, but only after consulting with your doctor as it can contradict with other supplements and medication you may be taking.