Psoriasis may not be a life-threatening condition, but it is a life-long one, and it’s very difficult to live with it. Natural remedies for psoriasis exist, but you should know none of them can actually cure it.
In fact, there is no permanent cure for the illness which is an autoimmune condition that gets worse when you’re stressed or your immune system is low.
The typical doctor-prescribed treatment includes various ointments and medications that can relieve the discomfort, but none of them are able to treat the underlying cause.
Natural Remedies For Psoriasis
While prescription treatments work, natural remedies for psoriasis can have an even greater impact, making the illness manageable on long-term and we’re going to talk about the most effective ones.
Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
A nutritious diet can do wonders for your health and greatly reduce psoriasis symptoms. Since this is an auto-immune disease, any food that can improve your immune system and reduce inflammation should not be overlooked.
However, some of the best foods you can eat to treat psoriasis include probiotic-rich foods such as raw, cultured dairy like yogurt and kefir, and foods rich in zinc (which is very beneficial for the skin) such as grass-fed beef.
- probiotic-rich foods such as raw, cultured dairy like yogurt and kefir,foods rich in zinc (which is very beneficial for the skin) like grass-fed beef, legumes, and seeds, high-fiber foods (practically all fruits and vegetables),
- foods rich in zinc (which is very beneficial for the skin) like grass-fed beef, legumes, and seeds, high-fiber foods (practically all fruits and vegetables), legumes and seeds
- high-fiber foods (practically all fruits and vegetables)
- omega-3 fats which you can find abundantly in wild-caught fish like salmon, sardines, halibut and mackerel
- vitamin A and D-rich foods like broccoli, leafy greens and berries (which have high levels of vitamin A), and free-range eggs, raw milk and various mushrooms to boost your vitamin D intake (moderate sun exposure can be beneficial as well).
There are also foods that may worsen psoriasis symptoms such as conventional dairy products, gluten-rich foods, factory-farmed meats, and hydrogenated oils (and store-bought oil that’s marked as refined and or for cooking). Since the effects are not the same for everyone, there’s a bit of trial and error here and you need to experiment with the foods you eat and find out for yourself which are the ones that aggravate your psoriasis symptoms.
Moderate sun exposure
Keeping vitamin D levels within an acceptable range can be very difficult without moderate sun exposure, and this is extremely important for those suffering from psoriasis as it can decrease cell production and reduce symptoms like scaling and thick skin.
Of course, you shouldn’t lay all day in the sun (far from it, actually), but it is quite beneficial to get 20 minutes of sunshine every day, preferably in the morning. However, you should avoid the sun when you’re having bad flare-ups, and wear SPF if your skin gets burned easily.
Natural Herbs and Supplements
Whole, organic foods include a wealth of nutrients that can help you reduce the discomfort caused by psoriasis, but some compounds found in herbs, as well as supplements, also make great natural remedies for psoriasis.
I mentioned you should boost your omega-3 intake by eating more fish, but you can also do that by taking omega-3 fish oil (especially if you don’t enjoy eating fish very much). Other useful supplements that act on various aspects of your health are hydrochloric acid that improves your digestion and can decrease psoriasis flare-ups, milk thistle to help your liver detox, and vitamin B12 to help your body during stressful periods.
Regarding digestion, you can also improve it by taking probiotics (besides eating probiotic-rich foods) and digestive enzymes.
Psoriasis flare-ups can be caused and worsened by stressful situations and this also happens with other autoimmune disorders. There are times when the cause of stress is not something you can control, and in these situations, all you can do is try to deal with it as best you can.
Nevertheless, the stress you’re experiencing can be reduced, or even completely removed from your life, you should not hesitate to do so. A stress-free environment is perhaps one of the most important things you can ensure for your health (even if you’re not suffering from psoriasis).
Keep your skin moisturized
When psoriasis is at its worst, the symptoms include dry, scaly, itchy and/or inflamed skin that’s badly in need of moisturizing. Luckily, cold-pressed, natural oils such as almond oil, olive oil, and avocado oil can soften your skin and help it retain moisture levels.
However, you should be aware dry skin can be worsened by over-washing especially using harsh soaps and shampoos, so you might want to opt for gentler and preferably natural alternatives. Even very hot water can harm the skin that’s already affected by psoriasis thus, you should take your showers or baths at a moderate temperature.
What natural remedies for psoriasis have you tried so far and which managed to work best for you? Let us know in the comments section below.