Frozen Dinners and Fast Food
The next time you throw a frozen lasagne in the oven for dinner, take a look at the nutritional contents first. What you’ll notice is that there’s a ton of heavily processed ingredients in there, which translates to a whole lot of empty calories and refined sugar.
Sure, picking up frozen or fast food for dinner once in a while is alright, we all get busy. However, keep in mind that these foods are highly processed and have been linked to increased inflammation in the body. If you suffer from psoriasis, refined sugar and flours should be on your “foods to avoid” list.
The medical community often fears placing blame on certain foods as disease triggers. However, numerous studies have indicated a correlation between weight gain (and obesity) and developing psoriasis.
For instance, Dr. Jerry Bagel, a New Jersey-based board-certified dermatologist and recognized expert in the treatment of psoriasis explains that, “Specific molecules secreted from fat cells [can] make psoriasis even worse,” which is why weight management and the avoidance of empty, high-caloric beverages (i.e., soda and mixed cocktails) is vital to any psoriasis patients eating regimen.
While a gluten-free diet to alleviate psoriasis sufferers is considered controversial by many health care professionals, the National Psoriasis Foundation points to research that finds 25-percent of psoriasis patients also suffer from gluten sensitivity. The exact link is the HLA CW6 gene, which is linked to psoriasis as well as increased gluten (or gliadin protein) sensitivity, pinpointed in a 2010 study published by the National Institutes of Health.
Further research conducted by the Brazilian Annals of Dermatology notes that patients with gluten sensitivity showed significant improvement in psoriasis symptoms when adhering to a gluten-free diet.