I Cured My Psoriasis By Diet

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   Posted 7/14/2016 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All

I was diagnosed with Palmar Plantar Psoriasis (PPP) 12 months ago and had no luck with the various topical steroid creams and emollients that my GP and Consultant Dermatologist prescribed over that time.

After a particularly bad flare-up I took to my bed because of the pain and discomfort and decided to do some research on the internet. I figured I had nothing to lose as the conventional treatments were not helping me at all. At best they were holding the symptoms at bay (barely) and I was using more and more of the steroids in an attempt to clear my skin, what little there was left of it. So, paper thin skin on hands and feet and multiple lesions filled with pus. Not good.

On doing a lot of reading on forums like this and other psoriasis related sites I came to the conclusion that diet may well play a big part in causing this thing. It seemed that many people reported improvements after removing certain foods from their diets, they called them "trigger foods".

They appeared to be :




I was doubtful about embarking on such a diet as I have never had any food intolerances before, so was obviously skeptical that doing so would help, however, I had no other ideas because I had tried many different supplements over the previous 12 months which had helped a little but only for a short time and the psoriasis just returned to its normal aggressive self.

After 2 weeks of removing all wheat/barley/milk/cheese/sugar/starchy veg from my diet I noticed a big improvement. My hands were much less inflamed and some of the lesions have gone. Wow! Fast forward another 2 weeks and yet more improvement.

However, there was still a low "baseline" activity - small flareups (no-where near as bad as before) that happened every few days. This made me return to the internet and I read that there was a link to psoriasis and "leaky gut syndrome" possibly caused by a candida overgrowth. Think good bacteria in the gut being crowded out by bad bacteria/yeast. Apparently candida can change from a yeast like form to an invasive fungal type form which can cause leaky gut. When this happens stuff that you have eaten can get into your bloodstream causing an immune response. I guess this could explain why certain foods can cause a problem.

OK, so I modified my diet to an anti-candida diet. This is basically the same as above but with bells and whistles to avoid any sort of sugar or starch that might feed the candida. Again I was a bit skeptical, but thought I had nothing to lose.

After another 2 weeks I saw my hands improve immensely and the low level outbreaks were less often and smaller and smaller.

I'm now 6 weeks into this diet and I'm pleased to say my psoriasis is 99% gone. Unbelievable!

12 months of increasing discomfort, intense itching, flaking skin, sores, pain and all the other symptoms you'll be familiar with.... GONE.

I wanted to share my experience on here and I hope it may help someone else.

6 weeks ago I really thought that I was going to have to live with this thing for the rest of my life. I had resigned myself to not being able to work anymore. I was pretty fed up with the whole thing.

My skin still needs to thicken up a bit (I still have no fingerprints, but under a magnifying glass I can see faint outlines returning!) but the worst is definitely behind me.

Hopefully some of you will find this helpful. It may not be a cure for everyone suffering from this but it did cure it for me.

People seem to be reticent about saying "cure" when talking about psoriasis. I do not believe this to be true. I believe it is a gut problem and that it will take time (months) for my gut to return to normal. As such I intend sticking to this diet for 6 months to allow nature to take its course. Then I will reintroduce foods to my diet in small amounts, one at a time for two weeks, and monitor the effects.

I also found that keeping a food diary was very useful in pinpointing foods that aggravate the condition.

I would like to add that both my GP and Consultant stated that psoriasis is not related to diet. I have found the exact opposite to be true.

Also, a pleasant side effect has been losing over 1 and a half stone in this six week period, so I'm also feeling better in myself (and clothes) as well as psoriasis free.

Here are some before and after pictures :

Hand Before : VIEW IMAGE

Foot Before : VIEW IMAGE

Hand After : VIEW IMAGE

Foot After : VIEW IMAGE

Good luck!

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   Posted 7/30/2016 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing. Terrific story and pics.

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   Posted 3/15/2017 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have UC but would also like to add my $0.02 about diet.

My GI refuses to accept that diet has anything to do with IBD. He is a traditional type doctor and only goes by the books. If there is no scientific evidence then he will not entertain it.
I told him I think diet plays a part and the best he has to say is "if you think it is giving you symptoms, try cutting that food out for a while and see what happens" which is some common knowledge, but still.

I tried AIP paleo diet and my symptoms drastically got better over a 5 week time span, into complete remission. slowly and surely I began relaxing on the diet back into my normal diet (except dairy and tried to limit gluten when I could). This lasted about 3 months but now I am back to a flare.

I am going back on AIP paleo and over the next 3-5 weeks am excited to see if I can put this flare to bed again. If it is successful yet again, I will be a pretty firm believer in the nutritional aspect. Following, I would like to experiment with following a relaxed diet for 7-10 days and then a strict diet for 7-10 days.. maybe that can keep issues at bay or prolong a remission period longer than just a few months.

I take entry level medication for my UC and just want to try everything I can to avoid moving up the ladder.

best of luck with your Psoriasis!
Dx: Mild Indeterminate colitis 6/16
minor flare 09/16 - controlled with Paleo diet + Canasa
minor flare 02/17 - working on controlling with diet + Canasa
Meds: Apriso, Canasa (as needed)

Supplements: Fish Oil, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Turmeric
Nutritional additives: L-Colostrum Powder, Bone Broth

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   Posted 3/19/2017 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I have considered a drastic change in my diet to help my PsA. But, seems like such plans result in weight loss. I am in the minority, in that, I need to GAIN weight. Any suggestions? Fish oil? Walnuts? Olive oil?

Thank you.

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   Posted 5/11/2017 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello) My husband's sister has been suffering from psoriasis as long as I know her. She has tried everything, traditional and non-traditional. Diets, beeswax creams reduced the symptoms, but after a while everything was back. So she started to believe that she'll never get rid of that. We live in Europe - that's important. Half a year ago she went to the USA, Dallas, as she got work there. Having problems with psoriasis, she got to Dallas urgent care clinichttps://frontlineer.com/ . The dermatologist prescribed her some very cheap cream - and it worked!!! We all were surprised. I'm just talking about the difference in meds in The USA and the country where I live.
All things must pass

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   Posted 6/17/2017 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also cured my psoriasis through how I eat. I started the autoimmune protocol 3 years ago and with great success have learned so much about food and it's effect on my body. It is through this protocol that I was able to clearly associate certain foods with certain symptoms in my body. Psoriasis was one of them. Nightshades trigger this symptom for me. I can't tell you how happy it made me to discover this.

When I started the autoimmune protocol I focused on address the fact that I felt nauseous all the time. Little did I know that I would also learn more about my body and it's response to food. Making the connection between nightshades and my psoriasis was a happy accident. It feels great to be in control of taking care of my body without drugs. I'm not a big fan of just treating the symptom. Knowing the true cause of the condition provides great power in choosing how to treat it.

You can also learn your threshold or tolerance level for each condition you experience that is triggered through food. This is unique to each person. You may find that you can tolerate the trigger food at a certain frequency before the symptom flares up. In my case, I can eat nightshades once a week without a flare up in my psoriasis. I cannot eat them everyday of the week. I will also take long breaks from them for a few weeks to make sure that my autoimmune response doesn't build up slowly leading to a flare up.

I no longer have those itchy patches of dry skin! No more unsightly skin issues making me shy away from where short sleeves!

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   Posted 3/16/2018 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there. I am Mary. I have just joined.

I actually stumbled across this forum accidentally whilst reading an article on raw sauerkraut – as you do!

Anyway, I would like to add my two-cents-worth to the conversation.

I am 50 years old and I have had psoriasis since birth.

I think I have tried almost every treatment known to mankind. Well maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but it certainly feels like it, and my wallet is emptier for trying

I had particularly bad coverage during my teens and 20's. Not sure why, maybe the flares were connected to hormones and growing pains? On the other hand, could have been made worse by my smoking, alcohol drinking, coke drinking and generally bad diet. I was also a bit of a stress head, which obviously did not help matters.

Even spent four weeks in hospital when I was a teenager being treated for it, and whilst that helped initially, it soon flared up again within six months.

However, I have had it mainly in remission for the past ten years. When I say remission, I mean clear skin with no sign of plaque patches.

Whilst this is not a cure, it is a better place than I could have ever dreamt of.

In the past ten years, I had one flare up that lasted six months, and that was because I went through a stressful period of family deaths and moving house, and changing jobs. However, thereafter, I managed to get things under control and cleared it up again.

I was able to treat the condition and maintain in remission due to : DIET

First, I kept a food diary and eventually figured out that my psoriasis patches would look or feel a lot worse (being itchy was a big giveaway), after I had over indulged in certain foods, things like: coffee, sugar, gluten, nightshades, dairy, beer, big drinking sessions, processed meats, fried foods, red meat and such like.

The first big step I took was eliminating or strongly limiting the trigger foods. The second step I took was starting to drink vegetable juices daily. The third step I took was throwing out all chemical skin care products and replacing them with cold pressed oils and other natural products. The fourth step I took was finding ways to reduce and manage my stress levels. The fifth step was adding some supplements in.

When all five aspects were combined, it took me exactly six months to clear all traces of psoriasis from my body. And thereafter I continued to remain clear using these methods.

Sad thing is, I had no support from my doctors and dermatologist. They told me I was wasting my time, energy and money. Completely poohed poohed my ideas and blah blah blah. I had to be strong in my convictions listening to their doom and gloom.

I no longer need to see my derm, and if I do see my doctor I make a point of telling him and showing him that my skin is still clear – poor man is always left speechless.

I did however find myself a good naturopath, who suggested some supplements that helped along the way. I no longer take the supplements, but I did in the initial stages. Things like Vitamin D3, dandelion, zinc and fish oil.

What else can I say?

I found swimming in chlorine particularly bad. But I found swimming in the sea to be beneficial.

Traditional chemical sun lotion was terrible, but I have found some super organic natural sunscreen that does not irritate.

Nowadays I only use cold pressed pure oils on my skin to moisturise, things like organic macadamia nut oil, black seed oil, chia seed oil, hemp seed oil, calendula and jojoba oil. I am sure the chemicals in my old cosmetic routine were making the psoriasis worse. Whereas these natural oils help to nourish.

I found Emotional Freedom Technique, meditation and yoga quite helpful in lowering stress. Changing jobs also helped enormously, and I now take adaptogens in the form of herbal teas which really help.

So nice to now wear shorts and tee shirt in summer without being stared at.

EDIT: I suggest a good first step is Googling: Jason Vale aka the Juice Master. He keeps his psoriasis in remission with juicing and trips to the Dead Sea. I found him at the start of my journey and he may be helpful for you. Vegetable juicing REALLY helped me. I stopped drinking coke, and started on the veggie juices - made a huge positive difference to my skin.

Thank you for reading smile

Post Edited (thethreemarys) : 3/16/2018 9:30:55 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/5/2018 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there anyone who will share their experience with Humira for severe psoriasis? Thanks!

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You posted on an older thread of people that were discussing diet to control their psoriasis. I don't think any of the members are active any more here at Healing Well.
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