Research still has to be done to confirm a definite link between psoriasis flare-ups and diet. But some individuals say that they find relief from their symptoms by eliminating certain foods and drinks. Read on to learn about common foods and beverages that are often said to possibly cause psoriasis flare-ups. Maybe you will want to consider cutting some of them out of your diet to see if your symptoms improve.
The reason why you may want to consider quitting drinking is because alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. White blood cells (including the T cells that are said to be responsible for psoriasis) can get into the outer layers of your skin more easily when your blood vessels are dilated. Even if you’re a light to moderate drinker, symptoms of psoriasis might worsen.
Junk foods tend to promote inflammation because they’re high in saturated and trans fats and refined starched. They’re also high in calories with little nutritional value. Those with psoriasis often have issues with weight. If you have psoriasis, there’s a higher risk of vascular and heart diseases and being overweight will add to the risk.
They contain a polyunsaturated fat called “arachidonic acid.” This kind of fat can make psoriasis symptoms worse because it can be easily converted into inflammatory compounds.
Dairy also contains arachidonic acid. One of the biggest causes is cow’s milk because it also contains casein (a protein), which has been linked to inflammation. Egg yolks are also high in the acid, so you may want to consider eliminating them, too.
This includes eggplant, white potato, peppers. and tomatoes. Some say these foods exacerbate their psoriasis. These veggies contain solanine, which is a chemical compound that has been shown to cause pain in some individuals.
Psoriasis flare-ups can sometimes happen due to an allergic reaction and a common allergen are citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and limes.
This is a protein that’s found in foods like wheat, rye, and barley. Research has shown that psoriasis symptoms in some people with a sensitivity to gluten improved after they avoided gluten in their diets.
Spices and Condiments
The ones that seem to cause the most issues for people with psoriasis are curry, cinnamon, pimento, paprika, mayonnaise, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Substances in these condiments can increase inflammation.