These are images of psoriasis on my chest and arms. The first is blurry, but I just wanted you to see how inflamed it can get. The second and third images are pretty different from each other. The second image is more like a rash, whereas the third is more of a patch. I keep everything pretty well moisturized so there are no scales. Keeping an Alkaline diet will have a prolific affect on these lesions.
Last week I mentioned that an acidic body chemistry leads to a diseased body. In regards to nutrition, it is crucial that you maintain a proper acid-alkaline balance. This is not only crucial for those that suffer from psoriasis but anyone having an illness or disease in their body. An acidic blood or body environment is always an underlying factor. An alkaline body helps build up your body’s defenses and immunity so that you become more resistant to disease. An alkaline body plays a role in relieving joint pain, counteracts colds and congestion, and helps you bypass skin issues.
In his book “Healing Psoriasis,” Dr. Pagano recommends that the ph of the blood should be slightly alkaline, having a ph of 7.5. In order to achieve this, he suggests that your diet be 80/20. Eighty percent alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic. I am not going to make a chart of alkaline foods, you can find those on so many other websites. I will tell you that those foods that are easily digested, those that are filled with water are going to be your alkaline foods, fruits and veggies.
Acid forming foods are going to be those heavier, not easily digested foods, protiens such as meats and grains. Then there are the neutral foods that are dairy, milk and yogurt, cheese and kefir. I find it interesting that most of the foods that we think would be acidic on our body such as pineapple or lemons, are actually alkaline forming. An easy way to remember which foods are alkaline and which foods are acid forming is to think about how much digestion is required after ingesting certain foods. A fruit or veggie is easily digested and a piece of protein is going to require more work. You want to eat those things that require the least amount, or the easiest of digestion possible. I am not merely speaking of the texture of your food, but how much work does your digestive system have to do before receiving any vitamins and nutrients from that food. This certainly does take an amount of thought. One way to make it easier is to surround yourself with those fruits and veggies so that you know whatever you snack on is going to be alkaline forming in your body. I have gone through many changes myself, small steps to getting a body that is not acidic.
In the past month I have been working on bettering my eating habits. During the 2016 holidays my eating kinda got out of control and then my psoriasis kinda got out of control. Well this is the last time that is going to happen!! Here are some small changes I have made in my diet the last month to benefit my psoriasis.
-I am avoiding nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes) actually I am trying to avoid white foods over all (flour, bread, sugar)
-incorporating fruit 2-3 times a day. Also started eating more salmon and almonds.
-replacing coffee with herbal teas (except for 1 cup in the morning)
-amp up water consumption
-and last but not least I have figured out a way to get in my baked goodies. I stick to paleo or vegan dessert recipes. Here are two sites where you can find some goodies. http://www.frugalmomeh.com/2016/04/avocado-brownies.html and
Well, hopefully you can find some good advice that might work for you in this post. Take time out of your busyness to relax a spell. Next time we will continue talking about Dr. Pagano’s book: Healing Psoriasis, The Natural Alternative.