Principles of ayurveda strongly condemn consumption of foods which do not support our body constitution. The foods which keep our body healthy and comfortable should be preferred to those which cause trouble. Hippocrates quotes “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The same holds good in health condition like psoriasis. Vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas lead to psoriasis. The vitiated doshas affect the skin and disturb its structural composition.
Every psoriasis patient should monitor his diet and avoid the foods which cause flaring up of psoriasis. Here is a list of foods which usually do not trigger psoriasis.
Vegetables and Fruits:
Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize harmful radicals in body and show anti inflammatory effects. Carrots, sweet potato, spinach, broccoli etc have anti inflammatory effect. But vegetables like onion, garlic, radish, tomato may trigger this condition.Avoid citrus fruits except lemon and amla.
Consume honey directly in limited quantities. Do not heat or mix it with vegetables and fruits. Honey forms opposite food combination with many vegetables and fruits. These combinations may flare up psoriasis. Never mix honey with meat and spices as the qualities of these foods are opposite.
Avoid curd as far as possible. Mixing curd with meat, fish and vegetables should be avoided. Never consume vegetables and fruits with curd. Mixture of long pepper and curd make opposite food.
Never mix milk with sea foods and meat. The combination is detrimental to health and may worsen the psoriasis. Do not consume milk and milk products after guzzling alcohol. A gap of 24 hours has to be given between the consumption of milk and alcohol.
10 ml of ghee per day can be used safely. This has to be consumed with hot rice, soup or rotis.
Grains have anti inflammatory effect. Whole wheat, brown rice, oats, minor millets are very helpful in psoriasis. Avoid refined flour.
Meat, Sea foods and fish
Choose lean meat. Avoid red meat or fatty meat
Sea foods and fish contain omega-3 fatty acids. These can be generally used in psoriasis. But these foods may trigger psoriasis in very few.
Sugar and Jaggery
Sugar and jaggery are worst foods for psoriasis. According to texts of ayurveda they increase kapha and initiate inflammatory process in body.
Fermented foods and alcohol worsen the psoriasis. Alcohol triggers inflammatory process and flares up psoriasis. Alcohol may interact with many medications and produce untoward effects.
Oil and deep fried foods
Little olive oil can be used to season foods. But strictly say no to deep fried foods as they promote inflammation in body.
Fast foods are made up of refined flour, sugar and oil. Strictly say “NO” to fast foods if you want to keep psoriasis under control.
Dry fruits and nuts
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