Foods I Avoid One of the hardest things to do when suffering with Psoriasis is to decipher what foods we should consume and what foods we should avoid. Although food is not the one single cure I find it can go a long way to help control it or at least give a certain level of comfort.
Red meat should be avoided or at least eaten in moderation. Some studies indicate red meats contain a special type of acid, called arachadonic acid, which is believed to cause inflammations that can flare up Psoriasis. I know if I eat red meat once a week I’m fine, if I consume any more I start to suffer. The same reaction happens with meat pies, sausage rolls, beef sausages, salami (all types) and processed meatslike ham, bacon etc. Most other meats like chicken, pork, turkey, lamb and veal (but only in small serves). Also be careful of the foods with additives try to buy organic when possible.
Fruit &Vegetables Believe it or not some of these need to be avoided or at least monitored to see if they cause a reaction. I have compiled a list of foods that could cause problems
Fruits Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins are among the most common however there are a lot more around the world that are not so common. It may pay to do a bit of research before indulging, as I did. The other added problem is by-products of fruits i.e. juices, jams, vitamins, some cleaning products and even the occasional perfume. Although citrus fruits are full of vitamins they are all acidic and for a psoriasis sufferer this can cause flare ups. In saying that, this does not happen to everyone it is a process of elimination.
Vegetables Vegetables like potates (sweet potatoes are ok); tomatoes (even though technically a fruit) should be avoided or at least cut down consumption. Others include egg plant, capsicum, peppers, and chilli. These are all in a family of foods called ‘night shade’. Again, there are a lot more nightshade plants/foods out there so you will need to do more research but these are some of the ones that can affect me.
Beverages, Condiments & Treats Let’s start with beverages...Alcohol although tempting can be a problem for Psoriasis sufferers. Excessconsumption can be a major trigger and I believe should be avoided. Alcohol is technically a poison, to most this is not an issue but to a person suffering from Psoriasis it can be detrimental. I should know I have had to stop drinking alcohol because I find when I drink it flares up my condition, then I drink more to stop the irritation but in fact what I was doing was adding to the problem. Avoiding it altogether is the best solution. Also try to avoid caffeine drinks, sodas and coffee completely; citrus and sweetened fruit drinks.
Condiments Tomato sauce or other types of sauces can cause flare ups and irritants. Packet marinates, spices, jams and things like packet noodles can also cause a reaction. This is largely due to their acidic base and the chemical additives- so for me all condiments are high on my “to avoid” list.
I find that the treats that need to be avoided are packet chips i.e. Potato chips, corn chips (flavoured) and lollies of any type. This is due to the additives/ preservatives found on the packaging.
Desserts Where do I start, processed desserts can be devastating for me; desserts like ice-cream, apple pie, cakes, allpastries and chocolate based products are all things I avoid. The chemical based compounds and sugars are high and I have found if I eat these types of desserts can almost guarantee I will have a skin flare up within a few hours and they can be severe.
Last piece of advice Whenever possible prepare your food, shop organic, always read the labels and avoid bad additives (I have a Food Additive List & Code that may be helpful). This is just general information and there may come a time when you need to seek professional advice. If this is the case don’t leave it to long it can become serious.