Psoriasis is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin disorder that affects nearly 3% of the world’s 7.1 billion population!
It affects both males and females of all ages, genders and ethnicities and to date there is no known cure. So how do you improve the appearance of Psoriasis naturally?
Eat More Alkaline Foods
The body is constantly overloaded with toxins and acid forming foods that slow digestion. A diet high in alkaline foods is invaluable to treating Psoriasis.
Start your day with a mixture of 1tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, ½ Lemon (juice), ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper and 1 tsp raw honey in a lukewarm glass of water. Be warned, this is a tad challenging to get down but the benefits reported are amazing!
Include more of these alkaline forming foods in your diet: carrots, broccoli, almonds, basil, beetroot, celery, cabbage, spinach, cucumber, celery, lettuce, garlic, kale, cinnamon, avocado, flax seeds and cacao.
Try A Gluten Free Diet
Although studies are inconclusive as to whether there is a link between gluten and Psoriasis, I personally believe that this skin disorder has a strong connection to gut health. In order to improve the gut, gluten and grains should be limited to reduce inflammation in the body.
Changes in diet can take up to 12 weeks to show improvement in your skin, so be patient. Following a gluten-free diet means eliminating foods made with wheat, barley and rye. That means no traditional white bread, pasta, cookies or beer – swap for brown or wild rice, quinoa and amaranth.
On the plus side, a gluten-free diet will encourage you to consume more fresh fruit and vegetables. Juices are a great way to incorporate your daily servings in one go!
Take Regular Detox Baths
Detoxifying baths using Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar (1 cup per bath) are an amazing way to detox the body and purify the skin. Be careful not to run the bath too hot, a warm bath is best – so as to not upset the skin.
Soak for at least 15 minutes – bring a good book with you if you find it hard to relax. Gently pat dry your skin once you get out of the bath and follow with a high quality Rose Hip Oil or Coconut Oil as a body moisturiser.
Use a High Quality Rose Hip Oil
Rose Hip Oil has been used since ancient times as a healing oil to help repair and regenerate skin cells. It contains an abundant array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are vital for skin health.
It’s crucial to keep Psoriasis well hydrated and natural fruit oils like Rose Hip are the perfect way to hydrate your skin naturally – and it even doubles up as a healing oil!
Always apply Rose Hip Oil to clean, damp skin morning and night to aid in absorption.
Choose the Right Supplements
There are so many vitamins available in today’s day and age, but which ones are the best for Psoriasis? Most studies point to Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Milk Thistle and Evening Primrose. Remember that you will need to stick to a new vitamin regime for 4-6 weeks before you notice any improvement. It’s quite normal to take a long time for changes in your body to surface so be patient.
Like a new vitamin regime, a new health regime will take time before you notice changes in your skin. I recommend starting with simple changes like increasing alkaline foods in your diet and reducing gluten. Once you are settled in this pattern, start adding some vitamins to the mix and use your rose hip oil consistently every day.
It may not happen instantly, but changes in your body WILL happen. You just need to have the right mindset and stick to a routine. Love your body and it will love you back, I promise.