These Five Foods Might Help You Manage Psoriasis

If you have psoriasis, then you are likely immersed in therapy to treat it. That may include medication, ointments, or light therapy. However, what’s on your plate can also have a significant impact on the severity of your outbreaks. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that is also a hereditary condition. It can be triggered by a wide variety of factors, including stress, surgery, and overall health. While the root cause for psoriasis is still mostly unknown, it is possible to manage symptoms of psoriasis at home.

If you have psoriasis, then you are likely immersed in therapy to treat it. That may include medication, ointments, or light therapy. However, what’s on your plate can also have a significant impact on the severity of your outbreaks. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that is also a hereditary condition. It can be triggered by a wide variety of factors, including stress, surgery, and overall health. While the root cause for psoriasis is still mostly unknown, it is possible to manage symptoms of psoriasis at home.

An overall healthy diet is essential to fight a variety of diseases. Still, we see particular importance in maintaining a balanced diet and weight when it comes to autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis. Eating certain foods, herbs, and drinking plenty of water can dramatically improve your psoriasis symptoms. Let’s cover what to eat and what not to do, so you can get started making improved and informed decisions to reduce your suffering from psoriasis.

Salmon, Nuts, and Berries


Skin inflammation in psoriasis leads to patchy red flakes on the skin. These can be uncomfortable, itchy, or merely unsightly. To ease these patches, it is recommended to eat a diet full of foods that naturally combat inflammation. The connection between these foods and psoriasis is still undergoing research, but many psoriasis patients see and feel increased results when they adhere to a diet of inflammation-fighting foods such as these:

  • Salmon and fish are chock-full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can provide relief from inflammation and even in some cases, reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocados are all heart-healthy sources of natural fat that can help fight inflammation
  • Berries like raspberries, strawberries, and even dried-plumbs are full of anti-inflammatory properties- luckily, these taste pretty good too!

Adding foods that naturally fight inflammation should also come in conjunction with an overall healthy diet in order to see the best results possible.

Unprocessed Foods


Processed foods and sugar are well-known to cause inflammation, which can be a trigger for psoriasis. These foods include bread, cheese, breakfast cereal, pastries, microwave meals, and more. Fat cells produce specific proteins that are known to trigger inflammation, which can only make your psoriasis outbreak worse. By eliminating processed foods and sugar from your diet, you help to reduce your chances of a severe outbreak. 

Next time you are in the grocery store, opt-out of the ready-made microwavable meal in favor of fruits, vegetables, and a lean cut of meat. Look for sugar-free alternatives to some of the food you are craving and substitute milk and sugar for unsweetened almond milk in your morning coffee. The adjustment is not easy, but once you feel the effects on your body, you will understand the difference.

Try Dairy-Free Products


Patients with psoriasis note a significant decrease in symptoms by eliminating dairy from their diet. Dairy products are known to cause inflammation, so eliminating them from your diet will give you a better chance of reducing your number of psoriasis outbreaks. Foods to reduce or eliminate completely include:

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Yogurt

Luckily today, there are numerous non-dairy alternatives on the shelves to many of your favorite foods. Instead of dairy yogurt, try a coconut yogurt, and instead of cheese, try a slice of vegan cheese. The connection between dairy products and psoriasis is not entirely known, but in general, reducing the amount of dairy in your diet is safer for your heart and overall health.

Go Gluten Free


In today’s society, gluten is a well-known cause for many issues that can range from digestion to migraines. Gluten itself is a complex protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Those sensitive to gluten or those with Celiac disease may know that it can cause discomfort, diarrhea, and even damage the intestines themselves. 

The connection between gluten and psoriasis is still undergoing research, though many patients have noted improvements in their conditions when eliminating gluten from their diet. It is presumed that the inflammation that causes those with gluten sensitivity to suffering is similar to the inflammation that triggers psoriasis outbreaks. In fact, up to a quarter of people with psoriasis are also believed to have a gluten allergy. Eliminating gluten from your diet will also help you in reducing the amounts of processed foods you eat.

Tumeric, Aloe, Capsaicin, and More


For hundreds of years, people have been using naturally occurring herbs to treat skin conditions, and psoriasis is no exception. Herbs have the power to reduce inflammation and in some cases, even slow-down psoriasis’ rapid cell production. Here are a few natural herbs that many patients experience success with:

  • Aloe Vera is great for sunburns and psoriasis alike, it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can provide relief
  • Capsaicin is the component in hot peppers that makes them spicy. When capsaicin is added to cream, it can help block the nerves transmitting pain, reduce inflammation, and even redness
  • Tumeric is an herb found in your kitchen cabinet, but it is not just for your favorite foods. Tumeric has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, and thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties it can help reduce the severity of psoriasis
  • Apple cider vinegar is another pantry item that can help with psoriasis, specifically those who have psoriasis on the scalp. Mix a little with water and dab on the scalp a few times a week to reduce irritation. Do not use this if your scalp is broken or bleeding, the vinegar can cause a burning sensation
  • Tea tree oil’s antiseptic qualities help many people living with psoriasis control and manage their symptoms. Look for shampoos with tea tree, especially if you are suffering from scalp psoriasis

Treating psoriasis is individual for every patient. Most likely, you will require a combination of treatment plans like medication or light therapy, but as we have seen in this article, there are definite steps you can take at home to help reduce your psoriasis symptoms. Eliminating gluten, dairy, and processed foods and subbing in vegetables, fish, and fruit like berries will give you a fighting chance at managing your psoriasis. An overall healthy diet and lifestyle can also reduce stress, shed weight, and keep psoriasis at bay.