Could This One Diet Hack Greatly Improve Your Psoriasis?

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Could this one diet hack greatly improve your Psoriasis?

We all know that diet definitely has an influence on the severity of Psoriasis and flare ups. It can be difficult keeping across all the dietary recommendations, what works, what doesn’t work, foods you should avoid.

Most of us intuitively know which foods to consume, and that eating as close to fresh unadulterated foods is always the best for us nutritionally. We should generally keep to a low inflammatory diet and avoid foods that “add fuel to the fire” so to speak. These foods include red meats, high sugar, and processed foods.

Considering you stick to the above guidelines, there is one more tactic you should employ to reduce inflammation – and that is intermittent fasting. While many of you have probably heard of this dietary trend you may not be aware that intermittent fasting has some merit for reducing inflammation which could in turn improve your Psoriasis.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is pretty self-explanatory, so it does involve periods of fasting and completely avoiding food intake for a period of time at regular intervals.

There are several techniques to follow which are listed below:

  • The Lean Gains (or 16/8) method – this involves skipping breakfast and keeping your food consumption within an 8 hour period, so for example 12-8 pm, so the fasting period is effectively 16 hours.
  • The 24 hour fast – this protocol means that you eat dinner, but then no more eating until dinner time the next evening, this is typically done 2 times per week.
  • The 5:2 Diet – a popular choice for many, this type of fasting restricts calories to 500-600 two non-consecutive days per week, and then normal food consumption the other 5 days.

Regardless of which technique suits you best, adapting to any one of these can show distinct benefits such as weight loss and reduced inflammation. The other benefits that can be gained are increased insulin sensitivity, which improves utilisation of stored fat in the body, and improved cellular longevity and repair.

How does intermittent fasting improve Psoriasis?

Although there is more research to be done on IF and the effect on inflammation, scientists have discovered a link to fasting and the effect on immune cells.

Research has shown that IF had supressed the release of monocytes (immune cells) into the circulation, and that they were in a sort of “sleep mode”.

“Monocytes are highly inflammatory immune cells that can cause serious tissue damage, and the population has seen an increasing amount in their blood circulation as a result of eating habits that humans have acquired in recent centuries” – said senior researcher Miriam Merad, MD, PhD, Director of the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Maybe it is time to embrace the fasting trend and reap the rewards with healthier skin, lower body fat and increased longevity!