Nutrition In Psoriasis: Diet Plan For Chronic Inflammation

Psoriasis can be cured with diet but not in all people. Some people will need the supplements as well. It does not matter if you have psoriasis or some other health problem or you are 100% healthy person. Your body still needs all 3 macronutrients – carbohydrates, fats and protein – which you should eat regularly.

You can not fool the body and decide that you do not need protein, healthy fats or source of carbohydrates in your diet.

There are many people who promote vegetarian, vegan, raw-food diet, low-fat diet, low-protein diet, low-carb diet, etc… and not single one is the right diet.

What is the most common result of those diets when followed by people without the proper knowledge?

Lean body, no fat, no muscles, usually weak physical performance and often weak mental performance as well.

Sure, some people may jump on a raw food diet and feel great, but many others and a lot of those with chronic degenerative disease feel hungry, experience hypoglycemic episodes and lose weight even though they might be lean already.

Being protein deficient does not mean that you will die in a few days, weeks or even years.

Protein deficiency manifests often as weak and soft muscles, mental problems (often due to ammonia toxicity caused by Ornithine deficiency, serotonin excess or deficiency, dopamine excess or deficiency,…), constant hunger, inability to put on weight despite eating a lot of carbohydrates, insomnia, muscle and joint pain, hormonal imbalances, impaired detoxification, and many other symptoms.

Similar problems may arise if you are omega essential fatty acids deficient or eating a low-carb diet. If you are not the Eskimo the chances are that your body won’t thrive on high-protein, high-fat and low-carb diet.

A lot of people who decide to follow the low-carb diet develop the hormonal imbalances so actually they end-up with additional health problem on their supposedly healthy new diet.

It is possible to follow the vegan raw-food diet and still be healthy and good-looking but keep in mind that many people would need an expensive, processed (even still raw) vegan protein powders to gain weigh or keep some reasonable amount of muscles.

So ask yourself if the raw-food vegan diet is right for you?

Supplements vs Food

fish_supplement_better

After you read this article you might think that I have been talking mostly about the supplements and not nutrition or food.

The thing is that when trying to resolve some chronic health issues it may be very useful to have as much control over the process and dosages of each individual nutrient as possible.

Mostly if you want to make sure you get the sufficient amount of vitamins and other essential nutrients.

B-vitamins and SIBO

Especially the B-complex vitamins (and K vitamin) are usually needed to be taken in supplements. It is so due to fact that many of these B-vitamins are meant to be primarily produced naturally in the intestines by healthy bacterial flora.[4]

Now you see where I am going with this… yeast overgrowth, SIBO, inflamed intestines.

If you have the overgrowth of bad microbes in your intestines the chances of getting adequate doses of vitamins (without the supplements) just from the food and intestinal flora are greatly diminished.

If you have bad digestion, SIBO, yeast overgrowth the microbes will rob even the B-vitamins found in the food you eat or take in supplements.

Digestive health is really important (along the dental health).

Protein and SIBO

The same goes about the protein…

Yes, you may be very well a protein deficient person despite eating a 1/2 lbs (225 grams) of meat daily.

It is not about what you eat, it is all about what your body is able to absorb into the blood and assimilate in the tissues.

Bad digestion means bad absorption and assimilation of nutrients. You know the steak does not break down into the amino acids on its own. Body must produce enough stomach acid, pepsin and pancreatic digestive enzymes in order to break down the meat into the amino acids.

After you eat the meat it goes right into the stomach where the digestion of protein begins. If you have low stomach acid (which activates the pepsinogen) the protein can not be digested properly.

Then in the small intestine the pancreatic enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin must be produced and released in order to complete the breakdown of protein into the amino acids which can be absorbed through the intestinal wall into the body. If this does not take place fast enough, the bacteria in the small intestine start to eat the protein (meat) themselves.

They literally decompose the protein in meat and virtually make it disappear. This may result to profound protein deficiency even in those people who would never thought about it since they “eat so clean and have adequate protein intake” according the Recommended Daily Intake numbers.[2, 3]

Another problem caused by bacteria decomposing the protein is ammonia toxicity. Ammonia is just one but significant metabolic waste of bacteria feeding on protein.

So we should not be surprised and ask where does the brain fog, anxiety, fatigue and many other health problems came from.

Basic Nutrition In Psoriasis

Whey Protein

protein_drink_psoriasis

The best whey protein you can take in my opinion is Hydrolysed Whey Isolate (very low lactose content) or Whey Protein Concentrate (has some lactose in it) which has some additional beneficial active ingredients.

The point of taking the whey isolate is that you have no complex sugars in it (which would feed the bacteria) causing bloating and promoting the bacterial growth. If your body lacks in digestive enzymes – lactases – taking the Whey Isolate may be superior for you.

Hydrolyzed protein supplement is partially predigested and is absorbed into the body fast so the protein shake does not sits in your small intestine and does not feed the bacteria.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids

flax_psoriasis

There are two essential omega fatty acids:

  •  Linoleic acid – an essential omega 6 fatty acid (safflower oil, evening primrose oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil)
  • alpha-Linolenic acid – an essential omega 3 fatty acid (flax seed oil, hemp oil)

Essential omega fatty acids are extremely important for the body and are ESSENTIAL which means that the body can not survive or (at least) be healthy without them.

Body can not synthesize even all of the non-essential fatty acids in proper amounts so if you do not ingest them then the body is just surviving or deteriorating but not thriving.

Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil or more concentrated Omega 3 supplement is the best way how to correct the deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA.

All cells in the body are composed of fatty acids and if you do not ingest enough of omega 3 fatty acids the cell walls are weak, damaged and the cells do not work properly.

Lecithin

Everybody who does not take lecithin misses a great opportunity how to improve the liver and gallbladder health, brain and nervous system function.

The common sense tells you that soy lecithin is not like eating the soy in regards to estrogenic effects. Since the estrogenic effects of soy are caused by isoflavones like genistein and daidzein you might think that without these isoflavones there will be no or just minimal estrogenicity of soy lecithin.

However, in one study the researchers examined the estrogenicity of soy lecithin in GMO yeast cells. The results exhibited the estrogenic effects of soy lecithin but the design of that study does not allow us to make a definite conclusion about the estrogenicity of soy lecithin.[1]

You can read some thoughts about the above mentioned study here.

If you are afraid of soy then you can buy sunflower lecithin or even egg yolk lecithin even though those are a little bit more expensive.

Liver powder

beef_liver_psoriasis

Eating the beef liver is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Liver contains EVERYTHING!

All B-vitamins, other vitamins, minerals, fats and even the detoxification enzymes.

B-complex supplements contain mostly B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 vitamin. However, there is many other B “vitamins” which were later discovered as the chemicals that can be produced also in the body so they were removed from the B-vitamins group.

That is why B-complex supplements miss the B4, B7, B8,… and so on.

However, there is no guarantee that B4 and B7 molecules can be synthesized in our bodies in sufficient amounts.

Sure, you can buy B7 which is actually a biotin separately but what about the all other “former vitamins” of B-family? Not all of them are so popular and you can not easily buy them in a supplement store.

There is only one way how to get them “all in one” easily – eat liver.

Preparing the liver is time consuming, heat destroys the nutrients, raw liver is not tasty and good quality liver is not available in every town and every grocery store.

So, the another way is to buy freeze-dried liver powder; sure it is not so tasty to eat powdered liver because it tastes kinda like salt mixed with sand but it is healthy.

B-complex

Even though most B-complex supplements are synthetically produced the molecules contained in good supplements are highly bioavailable and body can make use of them.

As Hippocrates said the “Death begins in the colon”.

If there is not good bacteria in our colon then there is not enough B-vitamins produced in our colon.

The easiest way how to correct the deficiency of B-vitamins is the B-complex supplement. Whether you like it or not, taking the supplements is effective and falsely blamed as useless or even deteriorating.

Building the health by taking the supplements is not an ideal way how to live in the ideal world, but this is not the ideal world.

Food deprived of nutrients, toxins everywhere, electromagnetic pollution, high stress levels.

Diet In Psoriasis

scd_diet_psoriasis

If we say that the biggest culprit is bad digestion leaving a lot of undigested starches to feed the fungi and bacteria (endotoxins), then eating the monosaccharide diet should be the best option.

Monosaccharides can be absorbed through the intestinal wall despite bad digestion because they do not need any enzymatic breakdown.

Eating the wheat is not as bad due to gluten in my opinion as it is bad due to content of starches (and mycotoxins).

Despite all this, I am still not decided if monosaccharide (SCD without any starches) diet is the best option for most people. Sure, eating the carbohydrates which do not need to be broken down by pancreatic and intestinal enzymes has its advantages.

But there is a lot of people who will have a hypoglycemic episodes on SCD diet, will rapidly lose weigh, will be always hungry no matter how much they would eat and so on.

You know, there are some people who recovered their health on SCD diet but there are also the others who despite eating strictly SCD still have the Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, type 2 diabetes or psoriasis even after months or years on diet.

Generally the restrictive diets like SCD diet have one big disadvantage and it is the blood sugar swings. If one goes long without eating or does not eat enough carbohydrates the symptoms of hypoglycemia may appear. Once they appear you know that the adrenal glands have to work – cortisol and adrenaline production takes place which is not good since prolonged high levels of adrenaline have destructive effects on the nervous system and thus for the entire body.

I would say that some diet balancing between the SCD and hypoglycemic diet would be the best.

  • Monosaccharide only diet (similar to SCD but without the beans)
  • Hypoglycemic diet (foods with low glycemic index, low glycemic load)

Eating some source of carbohydrates like rice may be very helpful in regards to maintaining the body weight, balancing the blood sugar levels and mental well-being. There is nothing worse than following some diet and every second of the day thinking about the food and starving day-by-day despite eating the healthy food.

Restrictive diet – Yes or No?

Do you want to try to follow the diet consisting mostly of fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and fats?

OK, but I would strongly advise you to consider drinking the whey protein shakes or beef gelatin and taking the freeze dried liver powder.

If you have an idea in your head which tells you that eating fruit or raw vegetable is all you need to achieve the optimal health be careful because this may not be true.

There is no known native society or tribe which would eat 100% vegetarian or vegan diet.

Being a vegetarian, vegan, raw food person or SCD-er for whatever reason may not bring you health just because you believe it is the best way of eating.

References:

1) Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Oct;49(10):2681-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2011.07.039. Epub 2011 Jul 23.
Estrogens in the daily diet: in vitro analysis indicates that estrogenic activity is omnipresent in foodstuff and infant formula.
Behr M1, Oehlmann J, Wagner M.

2) Andrew C. Dukowicz, MD, Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD,corresponding author and Gary M. Levine, MD. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2007 Feb; 3(2): 112–122.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3099351/

3) Jan Bures, Jiri Cyrany, Darina Kohoutova, Miroslav Förstl, Stanislav Rejchrt, Jaroslav Kvetina, Viktor Vorisek, and Marcela Kopacova. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome. World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jun 28; 16(24): 2978–2990.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2890937/

4) Stefanía Magnúsdóttir, Dmitry Ravcheev, Valérie de Crécy-Lagard and Ines Thiele. Systematic genome assessment of B-vitamin biosynthesis suggests co-operation among gut microbes. Front. Genet., 20 April 2015

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2015.00148/full