Q. Dear Terry, “My granddaughter, who is 30 and lives with us, has psoriasis. What is best way to rid her of this condition? Does her diet play a large role? Thanks much.” – Tim D., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Tim, I think diet is incredibly important for improving overall health, including chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis. I think your granddaughter could benefit from the ketogenic diet, which includes restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.dietdoctor.com. She could 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 she chooses 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 she may want to consider a clinically studied and standardized boswellia extract. I would take boswellia twice daily. She 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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