Psoriasis can affect anyone, from the young to the elderly, and sadly there isn’t a cure. While we can take medications to lessen its symptoms, it seems that any little bit of stress can bring a flare-up. Studies have shown that the foods that we eat – and do not eat – can contribute to the strength, longevity, and overall occurrence of psoriasis. Below are foods that we should eat to help keep psoriasis at bay – and many of these may be in your house right now.

Probiotic Foods

This is a wide category, coupling everything from dairy to fermented foods. But, these foods are essential for healthy skin, healthy hair, and a healthy digestive system. A poor digestive system can lead to a flare-up, and probiotics are typically lacking in the systems of those with psoriasis and eczema. While probiotic supplements are good, eating real foods is better. Dairy, such as Greek yogurt and buttermilk are great sources of probiotics. Kefir, which can be found flavored and unflavored in the dairy and organic aisle, is also great. Fermented foods, from pickles to sauerkraut is great for getting the good bacteria that your gut needs.

High Fiber Foods

High fiber breads, fruits, and veggies are great for helping lessen the severity of of psoriasis by keeping your digestive healthy and flowing correctly. Apples, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are great, as are avocados, guava, kiwi, black beans, and broccoli are great sources of fiber.

Fish

Fish are high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which is needed for a health digestive system, as well as a healthy gut. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are great for your overall health, and those who are lacking it can have health issues. While an Omega 3 (or Fish Oil) supplement is good, eating the real thing is the best thing, if you can. Salmon has the highest amount of Omega 3’s, so make this your lunch or dinner choice a few days per week.

Zinc-y Foods

Zinc is included in every multi-vitamin, but not always in your 100% optimal daily level. Zinc-rich foods are the best way to fill in the gaps. These foods include shrimp, kidney beans, oysters, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin A-Loaded Foods

Like zinc, Vitamin A is contained in multi-vitamins, but not always at the 100% optimal daily level. To prevent a shortage, be sure to eat foods that contain Vitamin A. This vitamin helps keep your skin supple, and helps your gut function properly by keeping the nerves functioning at 100%. Vitamin A-loaded foods include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens such as collards and turnip greens, bell peppers, squash, lettuce, and tropical fruits such as guava and pineapple.