The Link between Psoriasis and Nutrition: How to Optimize Your Diet for Symptom Relief

The Link between Psoriasis and Nutrition: How to Optimize Your Diet for Symptom Relief

One of the most important things to consider when optimising your psoriasis diet is focusing on anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation is a key factor in developing psoriasis, and reducing inflammation can help reduce symptoms. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet are:


  • Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens
  • Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
  • Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, chia seeds, and flax seeds
  • Fish and seafood, especially salmon and other fatty fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids


Another aspect of a psoriasis-friendly diet is to avoid foods that can trigger flare-ups. Common triggers include processed foods, sugar, gluten, and alcohol. Some people see an improvement in their skin by eliminating these foods from their diet.


  • Alcohol
  • processed foods
  • red meats
  • dairy products
  • gluten 
  • sugar
  • nightshades (such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants)


Everyone's triggers may be different, so it's best to keep a food diary to track potential triggers for you.


While some studies have found that specific diets may help manage psoriasis symptoms, such as the Mediterranean diet, more research is needed to confirm these findings. 


Overall, a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and low in triggers can help alleviate symptoms of psoriasis and improve overall health. By making simple dietary changes and focusing on nutrient-dense foods, you can take control of your symptoms and live a healthier life.


Supplements: There is some evidence that certain supplements may help improve symptoms of psoriasis. These include:

  • Fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help reduce inflammation and improve skin symptoms.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is common in people with psoriasis, and supplementing with vitamin D may help improve symptoms.
  • Turmeric: The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce skin inflammation.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics may help improve gut health, which in turn may help reduce skin inflammation.
  • Zinc deficiency is common in people with psoriasis, and supplementing with zinc may help improve skin symptoms.


The leaky gut connection. There is some evidence to suggest that there may be a link between a condition known as "leaky gut" and the development of psoriasis. Leaky gut, also known as "increased intestinal permeability," is a condition in which the gut lining becomes damaged, allowing bacteria and other substances to leak into the bloodstream. This can trigger an immune response, leading to inflammation and other symptoms.

Some researchers believe that a leaky gut may contribute to the development of psoriasis by triggering an immune response that leads to inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells. Additionally, a leaky gut can lead to malabsorption of nutrients, which can cause deficiencies and psoriasis. More research is needed to understand the link between these two conditions fully.

It's always a good idea to consult a doctor or a dietitian before making significant changes to your diet, especially if you have other health conditions or are taking medications.


Please note that the information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Individual results may vary, and treatment outcomes are not guaranteed. Any mention of specific products or treatments is for informational purposes only and should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation by the author.


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