How can I cure my psoriasis, and what’s my stomach, gut and liver got to do with it!
Psoriasis is one of the oldest skin diseases known to mankind. It is disfiguring and can cause social anxiety, isolation and depression.
It is characterised by thickened red or silvery, scaly patches on the body that can be itchy and painful.
Conventional treatments concentrate on trying to ease the symptoms, not get to the root cause of what caused the psoriasis in the first place. Topical steroid creams can thin and wrinkle the skin, contribute to poor wound healing, and increase the risk of developing ulcers on the skin, whilst methotrexate, the drug often prescribed for psoriasis has side effects, including damage to the liver, lungs and bone marrow. If you’re taking methotrexate, you should be getting regular liver checks at your GP surgery.
If you’ve exhausted all NHS avenues in an attempt to resolve your psoriasis, including trying one drug after the other, one steroid cream after another, consider contacting a natural health practitioner who is familiar with the hierarchy of organ cleansing.
There is a strong link between gut dysbiosis, constipation, liver stagnation and psoriasis, so internal cleansing needs to be considered to resolve the condition.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory auto-immune skin disease, so eating an anti-inflammatory diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables (especially dark leafy greens), oily fish, legumes, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and healthy oils may help.
Ensure you’re getting plenty of Omega 3 essential fatty acids from oily fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, chia seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts and try and limit your intake of Omega 6 fatty acids, found it vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower and sunflower. Avoid pro-inflammatory foods like refined carbohydrates and processed and fried foods. For a vegan alternative to fish oil supplements, try those made from algae and echium seed oils.
Psoriasis patients are more likely to suffer with Coeliac disease, the auto-immune condition triggered by eating gluten, but even if you’re not Coeliac, try going gluten-free for a few weeks and monitor the psoriatic lesions.
If you have psoriasis, and you also have a digestive or gut disorder like IBS, constipation, painful bloating, IBD, acid reflux, then it’s unlikely your psoriasis will clear up until you’ve cleaned up your internal plumbing.