Do you believe you might suffer from psoriasis? Reluctant to make a doctor’s appointment? Here’s what you can do.
Doctors, tests, and self-diagnostics
The internet is full of great information. It almost seems like a knowledge vortex. This can be a very satisfying and productive environment. However, without a certain degree of fundamental knowledge and a few skills, it can prove to be a dangerous realm.
Everyone can post on the internet. There are people who seek attention and in doing so they don’t care about the truth behind the information they are sharing. Most studies provide the sought after results. At times, these studies are subjective.
This leads me to rely on a multi-faceted approach. Going back to the psoriasis diagnosis, the best approach is to consult a doctor to seek out their professional opinion. Afterward, the potential diagnosis should be confirmed through a series of thorough tests.
Treatment options should not start with medication unless it’s completely necessary. A lot of the health conditions nowadays are related to the foods we eat and the environments we create. Every treatment plan should start with a nutritional profile. Then, based on the test results and information gathered, you should be able to benefit from a more personalized plan.
Medication and psoriasis
Most treatments in psoriasis are used long-term and are meant to control symptoms. Medication (including creams, lotions) doesn’t attempt to identify the root cause of the health condition. Many times, medication fails to eliminate symptoms completely since it is not associated with lifestyle changes.
Ask the doctor what’s the best nutritional approach for psoriasis. Most doctors don’t make nutrition recommendations but they surely can point you in the right direction. Make sure you ask for their guidance.
Food and psoriasis
Psoriasis is related to faulty fat usage inside the body. Based on these findings, psoriasis patients benefit from a low-fat diet. In case of a psoriasis diagnosis, you should completely remove processed foods from your diet. You should avoid animal products, as well as limit the consumption of nuts, peanuts, seeds, oils. Your diet should also exclude citrus fruits, refined foods (sugar, white flour), and fried foods.
That’s all great but what’s there left to eat?
Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains (oats, rice, millet, corn), legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas), potatoes, pumpkin. There’s a lot to take into account when you change your diet and lifestyle. One of these is to gradually increase the fiber intake so as to avoid any digestive discomfort.
Drink water and tea. The best teas for psoriasis are pansy and clover. Alternatively, you can try ginger baths and dandelion applications on the affected areas.
You should experiment and decide what works for you.
Lifestyle and psoriasis
Stress is one of the triggers for psoriasis symptoms. Psoriasis may very well be your body’s way of telling you to slow down or check your lifestyle. Maybe start by taking a vacation in warmer places.
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