So what foods should you be eating living with psoriasis? In last week's blog post we talked about what foods you should avoid if you have psoriasis. Before I get started with this post, I just want to mention that the recommendations I put on my website are what works or does not work for me. I also follow a whole food, plant based diet. Now we got that out of the way, let's get right into what 5 foods you should add into your diet to heal your psoriasis.
1. Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens including spinach, kale, lettuce are loaded with antioxidants that will help protect your cells from inflammation. They are also very low in calories so you can eat in large amounts and contain high amounts of fibre.
2. Oils and Seeds
These foods contain a lot of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and are considered healthy fats. These foods also make cooking that much more healthier. Some great oils to use include coconut oil, olive oil, black seed oil. Some people even apply these oils topically like for scalp psoriasis I apply almond oil onto my head and that works great for me. Seeds are also a great source of iron, zinc, and protein which make them essential on a plant based diet.
A no brainer, fruits are extremely essential and beneficial for psoriasis. Some people say that citrus foods like oranges cause their psoriasis too flare up, so I would avoid those if that happens to you. But fruits like papayas, watermelons, berries, bananas are a great source of carbohydrates, and contain so many nutrients that are great for the overall health and functionality of the body, brain, gut, mind, and all the above. I recommend to eat a variety of fruits and not always the regular fruits like apples, bananas, although these fruits are amazing. But the family of fruits is huge, so do explore. You may find that you like a fruit that you never even tried before! For me mangoes are the best!
4. Beans and Lentils
When switching to a plant based diet, many people are worried about getting enough protein and iron that you get from a plant based diet. But don't worry, beans and lentils are here for you. They are a great source of complex whole food carbs and contain a sufficient amount of protein and iron in them. There are also many different types of beans and lentils so you including orange lentils, black and pinto beans, chick peas, and much more.
5. Ancient Grains
Carbohydrates are a common issue in a diet for someone living with psoriasis. In the culture we live in today, many of us are so accustomed to eating simple, sugary carbohydrates like white pasta and/or bread, muffins, cakes, etc. and we forget about the good old ancient grains. They are only called ancient because people from the old age use to eat them and these foods would keep their muscles, joints, and bones nice and strong, especially for battles. These foods include quinoa, oats, brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth and much more. These foods are complex carbohydrates and are also gluten free. I mention gluten free because many people including myself who have psoriasis claim that reducing or even eliminating gluten from their diet helped a lot with their psoriasis.
That is it for this week's blog post, I know it was a short one, but hopefully a great one.
If you guy would like to see how I eat these foods in my regularly daily diet, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.
Agains thanks for reading today's blog and I can't wait to catch you on next week's post.
-The Psoriasis Bodybuilder