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PSORIASIS

 Psoriasis is a condition that affects many people worldwide. It is defined as a non-contagious inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurring reddish patches covered with silvery scales. This condition which consists of dry, itchy skin can be caused my many different factors. Some of which are external to the body like dry air, forced heat from radiators, exposure to certain elements and use of harsh soaps when washing.

What most people do not know is that dry skin can also be the result of what's happening inside your body. The body must rid it self of unhealthy mechanisms in order to survive. Therefore, whenever you participate in activities that do not promote a healthy body, the body will react in a certain way. These reactions sometimes can consist of the body ridding itself of unwanted substances through the pores which can ultimately have a negative effect on the skin.

For example, dry skin can often be the result of an imbalance of fatty acid in the body. To prevent moisture loss in the skin, your skin cells need to have healthy cell membranes. These healthy cell membranes are also necessary to capture nutrients and keep toxins away. For this to happen, and to ensure that skin cells function correctly and stay strong, fatty acids are necessary. Therefore, lack of enough of the right kinds of fats can result in dry skin. In most cases, this imbalance of fatty acids takes place when a person consumes too many omega-6 fats and not enough omega-3 fats.

The omega-6 fats are found in products such as corn, soy, and sunflower oil. Ideally, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 should be 1:1. The reality however, is that the ratio today averages between 20:1-50:1 which is pretty dangerous to say the least. Ratios such as these can lead to dry skin in quite a lot of people.

So the first way to remedy this problem is to increase the intake amount of omega-3 fats which can be found in walnuts, flaxseed and most importantly fish. And the second, is to reduce the intake of omega-6 fats which can be found in beef, store bought meats and hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Two great choices for preventing dry skin are fish oil and coconut oil. Fish oil contains high levels of the best omega-3. In its pure form, the mercury risk of fresh fish is not present in fish oil. Coconut oil not only provides your body with the right fatty acids when you ingest it but it's incredibly soothing and healing qualities allow you to apply it directly to your skin instead of lotion.

Psoriasis can also be the result of malfunctions within the body which can occur in many parts of the body such as the digestive system and the liver. Hydrochloric acid is a great choice in malfunction prevention because it improves protein digestion. When proteins are not digested properly, guess how the body rids itself of them? That's right, through the skin. In His book "Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine, Celestial Arts", Elson M. Haas M.D. stated hydrochloric acid is available primarily as betaine hydrochloride. When a 5–10 grain (1 grain = 64 mg.) tablet is taken before, during, or after meals, it should help proteins break down into peptides and amino acids and fats into triglycerides. Glutamic acid hydrochloride is used sometimes in formulas, but this amino acid is only mildly acidic and does not work as well as betaine hydrochloride. Betaine may be used alone, in supplements, or along with pepsin or other digestive agents.

Aside from the wrong foods, toxins can be another reason why you may be suffering from psoriasis so my recommendation here is do your best to eliminate toxins in the body through the bowels and urinary tract, rather than through the skin. As always, you must do this safely and naturally.

Milk thistle is known to improve liver detoxification and reduce cellular proliferation. Since the Greco-Roman times, milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, most of them pertaining to the liver. In the late 1800's and early 1900's milk thistle seeds were used to relieve such conditions as congestion of the liver, spleen, and kidneys. Recently, several scientific studies have shown that active substances in milk thistle (particularly silymarin) protect the liver from damage caused by viruses, toxins, alcohol, and certain drugs such as acetaminophen (a common over the counter medication used for headaches.)

I also recommend consuming a whole food supplement that contains chlorella and spirulina, such as "Super Green Formula" by Garden of Life. Chlorella and spirulina are among the 3 algae that are commonly available in the marketplace today. Chlorella contains the highest chlorophyll content of any known plant. Aside from that, it offers a host of advantages that are not found in other algae or grasses because of its tough cell wall. Chlorella's cell wall has been shown to eliminate toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals from the body. This cell wall also has a characteristic which is an important component in immune function which is the ability to induce interferon production in the body.

Spirulina is of blue-green color which is the source of much of its cancer-prevention abilities. Similar to tree leaves, spirulina also obtains its color from chlorophyll. Alan Keith Tillotson's "One Earth Herbal Sourcebook," states the high levels of chlorophyll in spirulina may explain its ability to stop cancer colonies from forming. As Tillotson writes, "Foods and herbs that contain high levels of chlorophyll show pharmacological evidence of cancer prevention , perhaps because pigments in green vegetables (and algae bind with and thus stimulate excretion of cancer-causing chemicals." The body's naturally occurring cancer cells won't be able to spread and develop into symptomatic cancer when they are stopped before they can form colonies.

Both chlorella and spirulina are excellent alternative choices for eliminating the body of toxins so that they don't choose the skins pores as their way out.

Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that results in increased skin production, itching and localized inflammation. Because of the increased growth of skin cells, reddish patches or psoriasis plaques can develop in large regions of the skin. Psoriasis usually appears on the limbs, but can also appear on the back and even the genital area.

In a joint study spearheaded by researchers from Brigham University and Harvard University and published in the Journal of Dermatology, it was found that beer consumption and the worsening of psoriasis have an inverse relationship. Simply put: the more you drink beer, the more you increase the risk of worsening your psoriasis.

It has long been thought that beer consumption played a role in increasing the risk for psoriasis, because people with this condition tended to drink more.

And those who drank little or none at all usually had no psoriasis or only very mild manifestations of this auto-immune condition. It should be noted, though, that psoriasis itself is not a bacterial or viral infection and is not transmitted by hand to hand contact, no matter how the psoriasis plaques may appear on the skin of the affected individual.

Using data collected from over one thousand respondents, it was found that women who drank an average of 2 1/3 drinks every week were 72% more likely to suffer from psoriasis or were at risk for worsening their existing psoriasis.

What about other alcoholic beverages, like wine? After analyzing the data once again, the researchers confirmed that only regular beer had a causal connection with psoriasis. Reduced-calorie beers or light beers, as well as other alcoholic beverages like red wine were not associated with psoriasis at all.

Because of these results, researchers are now looking at which non-alcoholic compounds in regular beer were potentially triggering psoriasis in women.

One theory is that the fermentation source for beer, barley, may be playing a role in instigating the auto-immune condition. Because reduced-calorie beers had less barley content, these did not generally contribute to the risk of a person for developing psoriasis. So if you are hankering for a drink with friends, drink light beer or better yet, red wine so you can have a good dose of resveratrol - a protective compound found in grapes.

People who develop psoriasis usually experiences low self-esteem, especially when people judge them based on their skin disease. Since it affects the skin and is visibly unattractive to others, several uninformed people believe that such condition is contagious.

Psoriasis is not a communicable disease. In fact, it is one of those autoimmune diseases that occurs when the body’s immune system get haywire and commands the skin cells to reproduce too quickly. The normal skin cell of a person is replaced every 28 days. In psoriasis, the skin cell is replaced at least every 2 days. There is no clear reason as to what causes the disease. But several studies have shown that it has something to do with the immune system.  This typically results to skin patches that are reddish, scaly and crusty and when scraped will expose silvery scales that are fine in texture. The condition appears persistently on the affected person’s lifetime. While some people only feel mild irritation on the part of the skin that is affected, the worst complication of the disease is psychological, when the person hides from the social mainstream to evade their flawed understanding of psoriasis.

There are several types of treatment options available, from systemic medication to light therapy that controls the immune system of the body. But since such treatment is expensive, others just manage the symptoms of the disease by using emollients, skin softeners and other medications that are applied topically. Below are some useful suggestions to help in the management of psoriasis. It may not cure, but at least it can help in controlling the symptoms of the disease.

1.      Choose foods containing antioxidants

Foods rich in antioxidants are helpful in the repair of damaged tissues of the body, such as the skin. The normal cell process causes the release of free radicals during oxidation. When free radicals are released by the cells, it attacks and damages other healthy cells. By having a balance of oxidants-antioxidants in the body, it can protect healthy cells, such as the skin in persons with psoriasis. Plant foods, such as green leafy vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants. By increasing the amount of these foods, the symptoms of psoriasis are somehow controlled.

2.      Make use of herbs (Gotu Kola and Milk thistle)

In India, China and Indonesia, Gotu kola is being used as a medicinal herb to treat several skin conditions such as psoriasis. The plant contains a chemical called triterpenoids. According to studies, triterpenoids can help strengthen the skin, increase the supply of blood to the area where it is applied and increase the amount of antioxidants in the lesions. By applying directly onto the skin, symptoms of psoriasis are diminished. Another type of herb, Milk thistle, is useful in lowering symptoms of psoriasis. Although ingested, milk thistle contains the compound silymarin, which does not just help in the repair of liver cells, but is also advantageous in the repair of skin cells which was damaged because of psoriasis.

3.      Use Licorice Roots

Licorice roots are helpful in psoriasis because of its anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce the inflammatory symptoms of the disease, such as scaling and reddening of the skin. To use the licorice roots, there are available tincture preparations as well as other forms of extract in the market. With a cotton ball, licorice is applied directly into the affected part. Studies have shown that there is a reduction of the symptoms of psoriasis with the use of licorice roots.

4.      Take In Turmeric

Turmeric comes from the family of ginger. Just like ginger, the rhizome of turmeric has shown several medicinal potential. In psoriasis, turmeric is utilized in two ways, through topical application or through oral ingestion. For several people who claimed that the symptoms of psoriasis disappeared, the dried turmeric is made into a paste and applied directly to the affected area of the skin. But for others, they take in turmeric in capsule or pill-form. There are available turmeric powders in capsules for 500mg or 250 mg in the market. After several weeks of regular intake of turmeric powder, several people claimed that the symptoms of psoriasis disappeared. Turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin, according to studies published in the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, curcumin has the ability to reduce the skin growth factors, which will eventually lead to reduced skin patches of psoriasis.

5.      Moisturize with Olive Oil or Aloe Vera

Olive oil and aloe vera are popular treatments for several skin diseases. In psoriasis, olive oil can help in the management of the symptom by softening the scale and removing it. By warming olive oil and applying it to the affected area, the patches caused by psoriasis are reduced. Furthermore, a study made by a Japanese cardiovascular researcher, Dr. Fujio Numano, has shown that certain preparations of olive oil helped reduce the plaques in the skin. This is attributed to polyphenols, the anti-inflammatory property of the olive oil compound.

Aloe Vera has also shown great benefits in reducing plaques in psoriasis. In a study presented in Prague in 2009 at the International Congress of Dermatology, topical aloe vera has shown similar effects with systemic steroids and is safer to use than steroids that are ingested which can result to several side effects that may harm the body. Aloe Vera has long been used in skin disorders, such as burns, minor cuts and shingles. The juice of the leaf of this plant from the Liliaceae family can be applied directly topically.

6.      Use Sea Salt

Interestingly, this is not just any sea salt, but Dead Sea salt. But whether it is Dead Sea salt or not, people who have been bathing and soaking themselves in sea salt has found relief from their psoriatic symptoms. It helps remove the scales and make people feel better. There is no known studies made regarding its therapeutic effect, but if there are, claims must be due to its high magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium content that naturally helps soften and smoothen the skin.

7.      Go get some sun

For centuries, heliotherapy has often been used to treat different kinds if diseases. In psoriasis, providing time to soak in the sun responsibly may help in treating the disease. Several people who claimed to have sun therapy in the course of their disease reported that psoriatic symptoms were reduced after the costless therapy

 

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