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How to Treat Psoriasis Naturally

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin. Although psoriasis is incurable, you can work to treat it using a variety of natural remedies. Some of these natural methods are medically verified and proven to work, while others are unverified, but may work for you. Scroll down to Step 1 to start managing your psoriasis naturally.

Method One of Three:
Managing Psoriasis with Diet and Lifestyle Modifications

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    Maintain a balanced diet for overall health. Eating well will alleviate a variety of health problems and reduce inflammation, which is key to controlling psoriasis. There are a few specific guidelines you can follow in order to better treat and reduce the severity of psoriasis.
    • Avoid fatty red meat, high-fat dairy products, and processed food. All of these foods can increase inflammation throughout the body, worsening psoriasis.
    • Eat whole foods instead. Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and strawberries.
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    Increase your omega-3 intake. Your body can easily digest omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids can also help the immune system to stop sending the wrong signals to your skin and reduces inflammation, which makes it an important part of any person’s diet who is dealing with psoriasis. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in foods like[1]:
    • Sardines, salmon, soybeans, flax seeds, walnuts, tofu, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, shrimp and winter squash.
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    Steer clear of fried and greasy foods. Foods covered in oil are not very easy to digest. Fried and greasy foods are also generally very high in fat; fat can clog your arteries as it is not easy for your body to digest.[2]
    • You should also limit your intake of processed and refined foods.
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    Avoid gluten if you have a gluten sensitivity. Following a gluten-free diet may help to reduce psoriasis for those with a gluten allergy or Celiac disease. Some studies have shown a reduction in psoriasis symptoms for those following a gluten-free diet. [3] However, before eliminating gluten you should consult with a medical professional and get a blood test to assess whether or not you have an intolerance to gluten.
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    Consider detoxing. To speed up your body’s elimination of toxins, you can try doing a detox. Doing this will allow your bowel to rest so that the swelling can go down and your skin can become healthy again. While you can choose different detoxes, a three day detox may work when you are dealing with psoriasis. Limit your diet to:
    • Lots of water, broths, soups, juices
    • Fresh fruits
    • Green vegetables
    • Nuts
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    Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Drinking lots of water can help to flush out your system by eliminating toxins through your urine. It can also help to keep your skin moisturized.[4]
    • While everyone has a different amount of water that they should drink, women generally need 2.2 liters (0.6 US gal) of water, while men need 3 liters (0.8 US gal) of water.[5]
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    Quit smoking to reduce plaques. Avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products will help to reduce the effects of psoriasis. Studies have indicated that people who continue smoking will have more frequent and worse plaques than non-smokers. [6]
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    Try yoga exercises to relieve stress and inflammation. Yoga can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, aiding in the reduction of psoriasis symptoms. Yoga combines many types of exercise, including stretching and strengthening.
    • Yoga can improve your mood, flexibility, breathing and reduce stress, weakness, anxiety and depression.[7]

Method Two of Three:
Managing Psoriasis With Verified Natural Remedies

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    Get some sun to produce vitamin D. Sun exposure is the main catalyst for vitamin D production within the body. Vitamin D is crucial to healthy skin regeneration and normal cell growth. Spending some time each day in the sun can help you get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D. For best (and safest) results, follow these tips:
    • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to all areas of unaffected skin.
    • Wear sunglasses.
    • Limit time in the sun to under 20 minutes, to reduce the risk of sun damage.
    • If you experience redness or dryness, reduce time of exposure.
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    Consume vitamin D-rich foods. Consuming foods rich in Vitamin D will reduce inflammation throughout the body. In combination with UV rays from light exposure, vitamin D can help to reduce or prevent psoriasis plaques. Sun exposure triggers most vitamin D production in the body. Vitamin D can also be found naturally in a few foods such as fortified milk and juice, fortified yogurt, salmon, tuna, egg yolks, and Swiss cheese.[8]
    • Additionally, you can take an oral vitamin D supplement to bolster your intake.
    • The daily recommended amount of vitamin D is:
      • 600 IU daily for adults between 19-70.
      • 800 IU daily for adults older than 70.
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    Consume zinc to promote skin cell health. Zinc is a vital nutrient for the proper formation and growth of skin cells. Psoriasis causes increased scaling of skin cells, reducing the amount of healthy skin cells. Zinc intake will promote healthy growth of skin cells. Zinc is high in seafood, wheat germ, cereals, spinach, nuts, beans, and mushrooms. The recommended daily intake of Zinc for adults is 11 milligrams for men and 8 milligrams for women.
    • Zinc can also be purchased as a dietary supplement for those whose diets do not include the recommended daily amount.
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    Apply aloe vera to reduce skin irritation. Aloe is used for many skin conditions, including psoriasis. Aloe vera gel or cream can applied externally three times a day. Aloe vera soothes and moisturizes the skin, reducing redness, itching and burning.
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    Try drinking almond milk. Almond milk is rich in vitamins B and E, both of which can help to return your skin to a healthy state.[9]
    • In addition to containing vitamins, it also contains monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron.[10]

Method Three of Three:
Managing Psoriasis With Unverified Natural Remedies

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    Use Epsom salts to remove flakes and clean open wounds. Adding a quarter cup of Epsom salt to your warm bath for ten or fifteen minutes will aid in relieving the inflammation and removing flakes. The salted water also acts as an antiseptic, reducing any secondary infections that may occur on the scaling patches of psoriasis and arresting the bacterial growth on open cuts.
    • Remember to reapply any moisturizers after finishing your bath to avoid skin dryness.
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    Apply apple cider vinegar to relieve itching. Apple cider vinegar is an age old disinfectant used by many people. It can relieve itching of the scalp due to psoriasis, but it should not be applied on open wounds and cuts because it can cause intense irritation.
  3. 3
    Try capsaicin cream to cut down on pain. Capsaicin, found in cayenne peppers, can reduce the itching and burning sensation caused by psoriasis. It can be purchased in cream form, and works by temporarily affecting nerves to block the pain sensation.
    • As an alternative to a topical cream, you may add cayenne peppers to your meals, which may provide enough capsaicin to keep the burning pain at bay.
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    Apply paraffin to reduce the spread of plaques. The active ingredients of paraffin can help reduce the spread of psoriasis plaques. Additionally, paraffin prevents loss of moisture from the skin and helps keep the plaques moist, reducing itching. You may apply soft white paraffin as often as you need each day.
    • Paraffin is also available over the counter as a cream.
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    Use oils to reduce dryness, scaling, and itching. Applying oils can help to moisturize the skin and reduce the effects of scaling.
    • Coconut oil can reduce skin dryness and reduce the scaling and peeling of the skin. Coconut oil can also soothe the cracks and cuts caused by psoriasis. You may apply coconut oil 2-3 times per day to keep the itching under control.
    • Second to coconut oil, olive oil is the best oil to reduce dryness and itching. Olive oil is best used for the scabs and plaques of scaling.
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    Try lemon juice to remove flakes and moisturize the skin. Applying lemon juice to the skin can remove flakes and moisturize skin when applied for about ten minutes, then washed away with warm water. This therapy can be repeated for about three weeks, or you can simply drink lemon juice throughout the day. Eventually, your skin flakes may become thinner and less rigid.
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    Use coal tar to reduce the size and pain of skin lesions. Coal tar can reduce psoriasis pain and the size of skin lesions, by gentle exfoliating. It can be found in some shampoos, bath solutions and cream forms. However, coal tar has an offensive odor and can stain skin.
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    Incorporate turmeric into your diet. Turmeric is a spice that has a powerful anti inflammatory effect.[11] You can simply add it to your diet, using it on chicken, meat, or even rice recipes.
    • Turmeric can also be applied directly in a paste form, by mixing one teaspoonful of turmeric powder with about three tablespoonfuls of water, mixing until you have a thick paste. This paste can be applied to the affected areas for about 30 minutes then washed away.

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