How To Get Rid Of Psoriasis, Naturally?
Avoid Psoriasis triggering foods
Foods like white potato, eggplant, peppers, paprika and tomato belong to the nightshade plants which are considered extremely toxic for people with psoriasis. It is therefore recommended to stay far away from nightshade family to heal psoriasis. Smoking is also off-limit as tobacco is a nightshade too.
Saturated and hydrogenated fats should also be avoided. So packaged and processed foods are off-limit as they contain these fats as an ingredient. It is also recommended for psoriasis patients to use olive oil, instead of butter and margarine.
Junk foods such as chips, fried foods, soda, shellfish, alcohol, pickled and smoked foods also interfere with the healing process, so should be avoided. It is recommended to limit or avoid sugary foods such as sweets, candies, sodas, and pastries.
Clear psoriasis with Slippery elm
Slippery elm is an herb which helps to coat the inner lining of the intestinal wall and reduces inflammation, hence promote healing.
You will need
- Slippery elm 1/2 teaspoon
- Warm water 1 cup
Prepare a slippery elm tea by adding 1/2 teaspoon of powdered slippery elm in a cup of warm water. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Stir well and drink. Make sure not to eat anything for 30 minutes after drinking this tea. Use this tea once a day for 10 days and then drink it on alternative days until the psoriasis clears.
Flush out toxins with Yellow saffron
Yellow saffron helps flush out toxins from the kidneys and liver which promote the healing of the lining of the intestinal walls.
You will need
- Yellow saffron 1/4 teaspoon
- Boiling water 1 cup
Prepare a saffron tea by adding 1/4 teaspoon of yellow saffron in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Drink this tea once a day, and on alternative days until the psoriasis clears.
Note: Discontinue the use if you experience excessive urination or bladder irritation. Pregnant women should use with caution.
Heal psoriasis with Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can really help reduce inflammation and ease psoriasis by healing the affected intestinal walls. These fatty acids lubricate the cells and help reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids include alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are poly unsaturated fats that our body cannot produce itself but we can take it in the form of foods rich in this nutrient. Some rich sources of omega3 include fish oil, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, berries and seafood such as mackerel, salmon, cod, and sardines. You can also take omega-3 fatty acids found in supplement form.
Antiperspirants should be avoided while dealing with psoriasis as they block normal elimination through the sweat glands. Instead of antiperspirants, opt for deodorants as they don’t interfere with the natural elimination process and only zap the bacteria that cause body odor. As far as other skin and hair products are concerned some important things you should keep in mind while dealing with psoriasis is correct choice of the products to aid healing.
Always opt for a deodorant that is fragrance-free, alcohol free and hypoallergenic.
Also avoid harsh soaps and pick a gentle cleanser or a soap with moisturizers.
Instead of regular shampoo, choose a tar shampoo as it slows the proliferation of skin cells and also helps reduce inflammation. If tar shampoo is not preferable, then a salicylic acid shampoo can also work.
A good moisturizer is a necessity, when buying a moisturizer look for a product which does not contain synthetic ingredients or fragrances as it may worsen the flare-ups. Instead look for a moisturizer made from pure emollient oils and butter.
Cut down stress
Stress can cause or contribute to flare-ups of psoriasis. Therefore, it is important to cut or reduce stress as much as possible. How to do that is a difficult question as every individual is different and there is no such universal thing that can be implemented or fitted to every one alike. But certain strategies that may help in managing stress and control psoriasis include meditation, prayers, deep breathing, massage, and yoga. All these activities work by calming emotions and releasing stress which we accumulate in our busy lifestyle. Some other strategies to help beat stress and zap psoriasis include:
Consuming Omega-3 fatty acids also known as brain food, as omega-3 help create a happier brain. A deficiency of this vital nutrient could cause fatigue, stress and depression. Incorporate as much foods as you can rich in omega-3 fatty acids as these foods not only will help reduce stress but also aid in healing and curing psoriasis.
Get some sunlight as it triggers the release of a brain chemical serotonin, a feel good chemical that fights stress and depression, in the brain which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.
Seek acupuncture treatment as research has proved that it works by stimulating the nervous system, and increases the production of serotonin and endorphin, happy hormones.
Certain yoga postures are believed to be extremely effective to beat stress. These include viparita karani, Paschimottanasana, Vrikasana, and lotus pose. For more information about these yoga poses and how to do read our article on Top 10 Yoga Poses For Stress and Anxiety.
Aloe Vera is a natural lubricant and could safely be used to get rid of psoriasis. It lubricates and helps keep the skin from scratching and tingling due to dryness. Due to its antibacterial properties, aloe Vera cleans the skin, soothes the lesions and relieve the inflammation.
Aloe gel can be used in both ways to treat psoriasis. Consuming aloe gel internally acts as a mild laxative and helps in detoxification, and in addition, it also helps in digestion and strengthens the immune system. External application of the aloe gel helps reduce the scale thickness and aids in healing process.
You will need
- Pure aloe Vera gel
- Consume 2 tablespoons of pure aloe twice a day.
Apply pure aloe gel on the affected skin twice or thrice a day.