Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with psoriasis for over six years and it’s really frustrating. My elbows and knees are the worst, but I have other areas that are affected too. I tried several medications that made me feel sick. I would like to try and explore natural options. What would be some of your top suggestions?”– Kyra B., Duluth, MN
A. Dear Kyra, I think diet can make a huge impact on our overall health, including skin health. I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. Some additional diet resources include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I believe individuals suffering from psoriasis would benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied curcumin to their daily routine. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, has been shown in numerous studies to be helpful for chronic inflammatory skin conditions, like psoriasis. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. Psoriasis can also have joint involvement, called psoriatic arthritis, and curcumin is a safe and effective option for many types of arthritic conditions as well. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure you choose a curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
For additional support you may want to consider a clinically studied and standardized boswellia extract. I would take boswellia twice daily. And finally, you could also consider taking Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. Sea buckthorn oil has been shown in clinical research to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. I would take a sea buckthorn that features both the seed oil and pulp twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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