Is Sugar bad for Psoriasis? (with alternatives)

This should come out as no surprise that sugar is in deed bad for psoriasis. We all know that sugar and simple carbohydrates including white bread, donuts, cakes, pop, and other sugar based products are linked too many other diseases including the most common one being obesity.

When my psoriasis was at its worse as you can see from the picture to the left, I was consuming a lot of sugar, mainly coming from Nutella. I had a really bad habit of binge eating a whole jar of Nutella in one sitting while watching TV or a basketball game. All those calories coming from sugar contain no essential amino acids, healthy vitamins and nutrients, and damages the gut which is your second brain.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, meaning although it shows on the skin it can only be healed from the inside which will eventually show improvements through clearing your skin. Take this from someone who had psoriasis about 85% of his body and learned that diet is most definitely the medicine to healing many health conditions including psoriasis.

Now, giving up all that sugar is not going to be easy, especially if you got a strong sweet tooth like myself. So below are some natural alternatives to sugar I personally consume that are not only just healthy, but contain many health benefits within them:

1. Dates

2-3 dates consumed everyday can boost your immunity and are found to also boost energy in the body. These small things are so sweet, and are amazing to use in your cooking to make home made pancakes, muffins, cookies, and more. You can also just eat them as it and I guarantee that they can kill your sweet tooth cravings.

2. Honey

You may be worrying how you are going to sweeten your coffee or tea without sugar? Ever heard of honey? 1-2 tablespoon depending on how sweet you like your morning coffee or tea will definitely enhance your morning mood. Rich in antioxidants, this natural sweetener is a life saver!

3. Mangoes

Probably my favourite fruit in the world. This tropical fruit is an amazing sweet tooth killer. It helps promote a healthy gut, clear skin, and aids in digestion. After a big dinner, have a few pieces of mangoes and you will feel less bloated. Best dessert out there!

4. Figs

Unsure why people don't eat or even know about figs. This dry fruit has been eaten for centuries and used in natural medicine. It is known for the many tiny seeds inside it which make a nice crunching noise when you bite into them. I love throwing these into my morning oatmeal.

5. Overripe Bananas

You probably saw this one coming. Overripe bananas are so sweet and I enjoy putting them into my morning oatmeal as well as I use them in my smoothies and morning pancakes that I enjoy making over the weekends. Great to consume right before the gym as a pre-workout snack.

That is it for this blog. Don't forget to like it and share it with friends and family. If you want to see more on how I incorporate these foods into my diet, be sure to follow me on my Instagram as well as my Psoriasis YouTube Channel where I share more on psoriasis health, diet, skin care, and much more.

Thanks for reading today's blog and I can't wait to catch you on next week's post.

-The Psoriasis Bodybuilder

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