Health Conditions : Psoriasis
Although the cause of psoriasis is not known, it tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic link.Symptoms usually appear for the first time in those in the 10 to 30 year old age bracket.
Psoriasis sufferers produce new skin cells 10 times faster than normal. This cause the patchy, thickened skin effect which may be covered by silvery scales. Recurrent attacks are often triggered by emotional stress, skin damage, and physical illness. Symptoms are sometimes accompanied by painful swelling and stiffness of the joints, which can be very disabling.
How can we help?
Initially a stool test is recommended to establish if there are any unwanted bacteria, fungi and parasites in the large intestine. A food elimination diet has shown great results, with gluten, dairy and alcohol being the major culprits. Food intolerance testing can also establish if any other foods are causing an unnecessary inflammatory burden on the body. Increasing water consumption, assessing vitamin D needs and supporting liver function though diet change and or supplementation can help.