Individuals who have psoriasis know that this condition causes flaking of the skin, inflammation, and can be embarrassing. What they may not know is that dietary choices can have both positive and negative effects on the condition. Here in Richardson, TX we have many great local restaurants and it helps to understand which foods have beneficial properties and which should be avoided when you go out to eat at places like Casa Milagro, The String Bean Restaurant, or Afrah Mediterranean.
When it comes to meat dishes, staying away from fatty, red ones and opting instead for lean, white choices may actually improve the skin condition. An occasional meal containing red meat, especially leaner cuts, isn’t the worst thing in the world, but you certainly do not want this to be a pillar of your regular diet.
Fish and seafood are able to help negate the increased risk of stroke and heart attack that individuals with psoriasis face. This is attributed to the high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in seafood.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition, so eating carrots and squash—vegetables that provide anti-inflammatory effects—can be rather beneficial. Additionally, whole grains and legumes offer anti-inflammatory antioxidants, while at the same time helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
Tomatoes belong to a botanical family knowns as “nightshades,” which are linked by the fact they produce a particular alkaloid compound known as solanine. Other nightshades include peppers and potatoes and, whether or not this is a result of the solanine, these vegetables aggravate the skin condition for certain individuals. If this pertains to you, it might be best to cut them out of the diet and see if this improves anything.
There are various reasons to avoid alcohol if you have psoriasis, including increased inflammation, interference with medication, and greater risk of triggering an outbreak. Even more seriously, alcohol can potentially be dangerous if mixed with some psoriasis treatments.
Dietary choices might make differences, for better or worse, with psoriasis, but when this skin condition is affecting your feet or toes, you will likely need professional care. Richardson Podiatry Associates is here to provide the treatment you need, so contact us today. Schedule your appointment with our Richardson, TX office online or give us a call at (972) 690-5374.