Tweaklet #53 – Psoriasis

Let’s talk skin and specifically Psoriasis. Psoriasis spans anything from dandruff and dry itchy skin to fungal breakouts and cracked and bleeding skin. Anyone who suffers from it knows just how irritating and painful this skin condition can be.

Psoriasis is caused by a pileup of skin cells that have replicated too rapidly. Normal healthy skin cells turnover about once a month, but when you have psoriasis the skin cells pile up way too fast.

It begins in the immune system where white blood cells, that fight inflammation, are mistakenly called into action and end up actually attacking the body.

This is called an auto-immune response and, as research is starting to determine, auto-immune issues often start, or are fuelled by an imbalance in the gut.  Conventional drug therapy only suppresses skin conditions, sometimes successfully for periods of time, but as it is not addressing the cause, this will only ever be temporary. Thankfully, you can help combat psoriasis by following a proper psoriasis diet treatment plan.

Some of the best foods to consume on a regular basis are…..

Foods high in probiotics such as organic raw cultured dairy, like kefir and fermented vegetables which introduce the healthy bacteria and yeast the gut needs.

High fibre foods, which includes eating the rainbow of fruits, vegetables, beans and seeds. These all keep the natural detoxification of your body on track.

Foods high in antioxidants like berries, nuts and kidney beans.

Foods high in zinc – grass-fed meat, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas.

Other things like wild-caught fish Herbs and spices, like curcumin and turmeric. And you can use aloe vera both internally and externally.

And make sure to drink plenty of water. Hydration and detoxification are key.

When you suffer from psoriasis it’s important to exclude, or certainly keep to a minimum, foods that increase acidity and inflammation – which includes processed foods,….. fried foods……….., simple sugars, alcohol, conventional dairy, conventional meats,  hydrogenated oils and caffeine. Keeping your diet gluten-free will also improve symptoms.

It’s never too late to take a new approach to psoriasis or any other skin condition. Making some tiny food tweaks really can help.

I’d like to thank Dr Michael Murray and Dr Josh Axe for providing such thoughtful and practical information on this and so many other subjects.

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Tweaklet #12 – Quality Sleep and your gut health

The majority of people in the Western world are sleep deprived. Insufficient sleep is associated with a compromised immune system and with accelerated ageing and cell damage. On an everyday level what that means is that a lack of good sleep is affecting the bacteria in your gut which is what keeps us living long healthy lives.

The reason for this is that when you sleep your digestive system and other major organs rest and repair. The powerful antioxidant, melatonin is produced during sleep which helps prevent damage to cells. Getting good quality sleep means the stress hormone, cortisol, is less likely to ramp up as you won’t be as anxious during your waking hours.

To get a better nights sleep avoid caffeine, alcohol, carbs and sweets for 8 hours before bedtime.

Make sure your room is quiet, cool and dark.

Try to get on a regular schedule where you sleep and wake at the same time.

Find some soothing techniques, such as meditation, to engage in to calm and prepare yourself for sleep. Finding a routine for your morning wake up is good too to positively prepare yourself for the day.

I won’t sing you a lullaby but I do sincerely wish you a peaceful and restful sleep.

This was Just another tweaklet, a tiny food tweak to help you on the road to better health. Night night angels!

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Tweaklet #11 – Gut health and the link to your immune system

This is really exciting folks – the fact that the scientific world is recognising and exploring the link between your gut health and your immune system. To prevent disease and live a vibrant, active life we need to get our gut happy and healthy.

Our immune system is a huge network of cells and organisms that run throughout our whole body. It isn’t relegated to just one area of the body.

However, science now knows that roughly 80% of our body’s total immune system cells reside in the upper gastrointestinal tract so it follows that when you do good things for your gut, you are also helping your immune system in a big way.

There are many broad lifestyle changes you can take that will increase your gut health and in doing some boost your immune systems. From better hydration, getting better sleep and reducing your stress levels, to eating less sugar and eating more vegetables, and increasing your vitamin and mineral intake in the foods you eat or through supplements.

Take some time to get to know your gut and find out more about how you could simply and easily introduce a few tweaks that will move you towards vibrant health.

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