psoriasis and obesity link

Obesity is an important risk factor for psoriasis

There are many reasons why we may experience obesity – some are within and some beyond our control, and somewhere in between. Very much like our control of psoriasis in some ways.

A concept occurred to me a long time ago about form and texture.  I decided that if my texture isn’t as good as it should be, then I’ll put effort into my form instead. Fortunately, common sense finally convinced me to abandon body image pressures and focussed on controlling both weight as well as skin, and this study backs up the reason why.

The relationship between psoriasis and obesity is two-directional – obesity can predispose you to psoriasis and psoriasis favours obesity. Both psoriasis and obesity are considered a chronic, low-grade inflammatory condition.

I’d like to introduce you to a tissue, a hormone and a condition.

The adipose tissue is an active endocrine organ. It secretes peptide hormones including leptin.

Leptin hormone regulates appetite and body weight. Leptin also plays important roles in the chronic pro-inflammatory state associated with visceral obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Studies in psoriasis have shown that psoriasis patients have higher leptin levels compared with healthy tested patients.

Psoriasis is an independent risk factor for hyperleptinemia, a condition where excess levels of leptin in the blood increases body fat content and stimulates appetite.

What was first – psoriasis or obesity?

Patients with psoriasis have a slightly increased risk for developing obesity. However, because stresses to the body bring on psoriasis, there is a possibility that obesity can bring on or increase the severity of psoriasis.

The link between obesity and psoriasis could be explained by the fact that low-grade systemic inflammation exists in both conditions. In theory, mechanisms that increase inflammation brought on by obesity may also exacerbate psoriasis in overweight patients. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that weight loss and subsequent reduction of obesity-derived proinflammatory mechanisms in overweight patients with psoriasis will likely improve their condition.

Fact 1 – there is a two-fold increased risk for developing psoriasis in an obese condition as compared with normal weight people.

Fact 2 – Patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) have an increased risk for new-onset psoriasis, and the higher the BMI, the greater the psoriasis severity. For each unit increment increase in BMI there is reportedly a 9% higher risk for psoriasis onset and a 7% higher risk for increased psoriasis severity.

Fact 3 – Dermatologists now recognise that patients with psoriasis have an associated increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity, and vascular disease.

Most of us with psoriasis experience low morale from time to time because of the condition of our skin. According the World Health Organization’s Global Report on Psoriasis 2016, psoriasis is not only a disease that causes painful, debilitating, highly visible physical symptoms. It causes embarrassment, lack of self-esteem, anxiety and increased prevalence of depression.

Our greatest defence in keeping our spirits up is to nurture our body with the best possible nutrition to help reduce and remove our psoriasis. In most of our cases, I am delighted to say that we can take control ourselves. Psoriasis Life Mag proudly researches and presents specific targeted psoriasis dietary solutions. The onset or severity of obesity will naturally be managed by default, when these healthy nutrition guidelines are followed.

Wishing you a wonderful form and texture in the near future!

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Barrea L, Nappi F, Di Somma C, Savanelli MC, Falco A, Balato A, Balato N and Savastano S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016;13, 2-4

Jensen,P; Zachariae,C; Christensen,R;.Geiker,N; Schaadt,B; Stender,S;Hansen,P; Astrup,A; Skov,L. JAMA Dermatol.2013;149(7):795-801

WHO. Global Report on Psoriasis. 2016;16

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Severity of psoriasis is linked to the types of fats and carbs we eat

Studies of psoriasis patients have linked more severe cases of psoriasis with a higher consumption of simple carbohydrates and saturated fats, and with a lower intake of protein, complex carbohydrates, MUFA, PUFA, and fibres.

In a recent journal by Barrea L et al, published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it was found that the lowest intakes of PUFA, MUFA and complex carbohydrates were associated with higher clinical severity of psoriasis.

Saturated fats vs Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)

In this research, the patients with more severe cases of psoriasis consumed more saturated fats and less monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

Saturated fats

Saturated fats occur naturally in many foods and particularly from animal sources, including meat and dairy products. Examples of saturated fats are:

  • fatty beef, lamb, pork (bacon)
  • poultry with skin
  • beef fat (tallow or lard)
  • cream and butter
  • cheese and other dairy products made from whole milk

In addition, many baked goods and fried foods can contain high levels of saturated fats.

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are considered a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fatty acid. The most frequently consumed MUFA rich dietary oils is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Traditionally, the beneficial effects of EVOO have been attributed to its high MUFA content (oleic acid), as it protects lipoproteins and cellular membranes from oxidative damage.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)

The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), mainly found in fish and nuts, contribute to provide the protection of several chronic diseases such as psoriasis. Diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from fish oil have been associated with improvement of psoriasis in clinical trials by promoting an anti-inflammatory environment.

Simple carbs vs complex carbs

In this research, the patients with more severe cases of psoriasis consumed more simple carbohydrates and less complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates are sugars. While some of these occur naturally in milk, most of the simple carbs in the western diet are added to foods. Common simple carbs added to foods are:

  • raw sugar
  • brown sugar
  • corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup
  • glucose, fructose, and sucrose
  • fruit juice concentrate

Complex carbohydrates consist mainly of fibre and starch. The main sources of dietary fibre and starch include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • beans
  • whole grains

In addition, food fibres also play an important role in decreasing system-wide inflammation, by decreasing the oxidative stress that is produced when there is a high intake of simple carbohydrate foods.

Low energy and vegetarian diets

Previous studies reported the positive effects of low-energy diets and vegetarian diets, and gluten-free diet on the psoriasis condition. Fasting periods or vegetarian diets and diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from fish oil have been associated with improvement of psoriasis in clinical trials.

For the psoriatic

A diet regimen rich in MUFA and PUFA, fruits, vegetables, fibre, and with a reduced intake of saturated fats, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and sweetened drinks, should be recommended to reduce the severity of psoriasis.

In a nutshell, keep up the MUFA, PUFA and fibre!




Barrea L, Nappi F, Di Somma C, Savanelli MC, Falco A, Balato A, Balato N and Savastano S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 743

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The glorious 7 and the inglorious 7

When it comes to diet and nutrition for psoriasis, there are winners and losers among the things we put into our bodies

It is a common and misguided belief that when we have a health problem we need to take in some substance in order to heal, and overlook that it is equally important to leave out the offenders that are likely to be causing our psoriasis.  It may be that your entire healing depends on what you stay away from.

The inglorious 7

These are the villains. Based on first-hand accounts of the experiences of psoriasis patients and on the research of Dr John Pagano, there are 7 distinct offenders when dealing with psoriasis. Each can easily (and definitely should be) avoided:

  1. Saturated fats such as red meats and processed meats
  2. Nightshades
  3. Sweets
  4. Smoking
  5. Alcohol
  6. Processed foods
  7. Fried foods

If you respond the way I do, you will be surprised at how your psoriasis improves in a matter of days by avoiding these foods. Study each culprit, record your response in your psoriasis journal and do yourself a favour by avoiding these. 

The glorious 7

These are the good guys that can boost your ability to eliminate psoriasis:

  1. Fresh water and plenty of it. 6 glasses a day or more and preferably with lemon juice
  2. Vegetables, (particularly green leafy vegetables, and preferably raw), and tubers. The ratio of your vegetable intake should be 3 that grow above the ground to one that grows below the ground.
  3. Fresh fruit because these are your body cleaners. (Be aware of your personal requirements if you experience candida, yeast-fungi overgrowth or need to control your blood sugar levels)
  4. Fish, poultry and lamb as animal protein. Vegetarians may combine brown rice and beans to make a complete protein.
  5. Probiotics with active cultures.
  6. Olive oil, garlic and lemon juice (right there is a delicious salad dressing!)
  7. Whole grain breads only, however only small portions

Disciplines and disclaimers

Common sense prevails when it comes to nutrition, and if a particular food causes an undesirable reaction it is to be avoided and recorded in your psoriasis journal – even if it appears on the ‘glorious’ list. Discipline should be maintained in the quantity as well as the quality of the food you consume.

It has long been obvious that these 14 foods play a significant role in healing psoriasis.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine upon whose philosophy modern medicine is founded, has given us this wisdom, “Let your food be your medicine – let your medicine be your food”.

Smooth skin wishes




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Does what we eat pass the litmus test for psoriasis?

The daily diet of the psoriasis and arthritic psoriasis patients should consist of 80 percent alkaline forming foods and 20 percent acid forming foods.

Modern nutritionists agree that fruits are the primary cleansers of the body, while vegetables are considered to be the builders.

All foods are either alkaline forming, acid forming or neutral. The alkaline formers are the lighter, watery type foods that are more easily digested, such as fruits and vegetables. The acid forming foods are the heavier predominantly protein foods, such as meats and grains, which require greater breakdown for proper digestion and absorption. The neutrals are the dairy products such as milks, yoghurt and kefir.

Alkaline forming foods are the more watery types of fruits and vegetables and their juices. Because these foods are broken down more easily by the body, they are more readily digested.

Although most fruits are alkaline forming within the body, these little guys are some exception:

  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Prunes and plums
  • Blueberries

It is worth noting however that the nutritional benefits of these four extraordinary fruits far outweigh the value we place on whether they are acid forming or alkaline forming.

Fruits are divided into three categories: acid, sub acid and sweet. To avoid confusion however, it is worth remembering that these fruits are not acid forming, in fact most acid fruits are alkaline reacting in the body.

Alkaline formers

These should make up 80% of our psoriasis diet (and habits)

  • Granular lecithin
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of warm water (this maintains a healthy alkalinity as well as aids in internal cleansing)
  • Fruit juices (be wary of pre-packaged fruit juices that are reconstituted or sweetened)
  • Outdoor exercise and physical activity
  • Daily pooping
  • Positive emotions

Acid formers

These should make up 20% of our psoriasis diet (and habits). The following foods and habits tend to increase acidity in the body and should be avoided as much as possible by psoriatics:

  • Too many acid forming foods at the same meal, such as starches with sweets, proteins and meats, meats or fats with sugars, too many starchy foods
  • Cane sugar and any product made with cane sugar
  • Most types of vinegar with the exception of cider vinegar
  • Processed foods that contain preservatives, artificial flavourings, colourings and additives
  • Alcohol, smoking and drugs
  • Constipation
  • Inadequate physical activity
  • Negative emotions


While we are on topic about food choices for a better psoriasis experience, it is worth reminding you to avoid the nightshade foods. The nightshades represent a family of plants that should be totally avoided regardless of their acid-alkaline reaction. The nightshades are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Tobacco
  • Eggplant
  • White potatoes
  • Capsicum and Peppers

Nightshades contain irritants to many psoriasis patients, in particular lectins. Nightshades are high in lectins, a substance produced in all plants as a natural pesticide. Lectins ‘stick’ to the small intestine lining and increase the likelihood and symptoms of leaky gut. Leaky gut occurs when undigested carbohydrates or lectins create permeability and gaps in the lining of the small intestine, allowing undigested food particles to escape into the blood stream.

Relating this to your personal psoriasis experience

Based on the importance of alkaline formers in the psoriasis patient’s diet, you can begin to create some of your own personal and enduring daily habits to ease your psoriasis. This would involve a swing towards 80% alkaline forming foods, and building alkalinising thoughts, exercise and elimination habits into each day. Keep a psoriasis journal of your experiences with the 80/20 diet and lifestyle. There have been occasions when I have lost track of the 80/20 rule and lesions have gradually resurfaced without realising why. With each change we make that leads us back to the 80/20 diet and activities, the psoriasis lesions slowly subside again.

With love



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What happened to my skin?

You happened. You control your food, emotions and thoughts and therefore you control your cure.

Foods in your psoriasis healing regime need to be alkaline, as opposed to acidic. This principle is at the core of The Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. Gerson’s leading philosophy is that disease cannot exist in a body that is in an alkaline state.

A person’s blood should always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.3 to 7.5 in chemical reaction, to maintain optimum health and immunity. In basic terms, battery acid has a pH of 1 and at the other end of the spectrum, sodium hydroxide has a pH of 14, with 7.3 somewhere on the alkaline side of centre. A psoratic’s daily diet should consist of 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. Although the alkaline principle is strongly supported by Dr John Pagano DC and Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, they advocate foods that do not irritate the gut or trigger auto immune response and suggest we also avoid un-sprouted grains, red meat, pasteurised dairy, sugar and all processed foods and foods from the nightshade family.

Emotions and feelings initiate a thought; our judgement then decides whether to materialise that thought. If the thought is approved by the judgement, the imagination is put into motion by visualising that thought as already being achieved. The will then holds that visualisation until it manifests as a reality in your life. These are the words of Thomas Troward, who wrote seven books on the topic of the power of thought and who describes this process as the train of causation. This is important to psoratics in that they can help the healing process by fixing their thoughts and beliefs on the idea that their skin is already healed. The judgement component of the train of causation is one part of the mental machinery that some psoratics need to really explore, for example does your judgement really want your psoriasis to be cured, and do you feel that you deserve to be cured and do not need those extra layers of protection?

We have the power within ourselves to decide on the emotions that we choose in response to the events around us. Two of the most damaging and also toxic human emotions are hate and fear.

Hate is accompanied by resentment and anger. These ugly emotions trigger acidic reactions in or body and most likely cause damage to relationships and hurt to others, mostly to ourselves. We may even allow people to live rent-free in our head, something they may be totally unaware of or unaffected by. Adopt a different viewpoint, practice compassion and forgiveness.

Fear is an irrational emotion of hatred – an intense form of dislike and is often aggravated by not knowing or having control of that which we fear. Fear is damaging and can be overcome with learning to understand, building contingencies and capabilities, remaining calm and avoiding situations that place us in danger or fear.

The condition of the skin affects the emotions, and the emotions affect the skin. There is an interaction between the two that cannot be denied and helping one often helps the other. When a psoratic learns to control emotions, the skin usually improves.

Thoughts have an overwhelming influence on how psoriasis affects you, and indeed whether you are affected by psoriasis. Holisitc healing recognises that we are a unity of spirit, mind and body and that these need to be balanced for our health and well-being. Plato commented in Phaedrus almost 2400 year ago, “For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that the physicians separate the soul from the body”. Thoughts emanate and are shaped by our spirit, and whilst both of these are intangible, the effects that a negative and pessimistic outlook have on our psoriasis can be very visible. I have noticed obvious patterns of psoriasis outbreaks between 48 and 72 hours after I have allowed destructive negative emotions to take control.  Are your thoughts constructive or destructive? The nature of your thoughts builds the world around you. The philosopher James Allen, in his work As a Man Thinketh said “As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.” When we realise the power of our thoughts, both conscious and subconscious, we begin a path of constructive, conscious thinking.

Correct thinking and guarding your thoughts from negative outside influences plays a vital role in healing your psoriasis. Positive affirmations are tools that we can use as constant reminders that direct our thinking in the right direction.

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Self discipline

From my personal experience, it is far easier to lose self-discipline with a food regime than it is to lose self-discipline with your emotions and thought processes. Once you achieve a state where you no longer allow toxic emotions like fear or hate to affect you, they quite easily diminish from your thought processes. It is important to understand that mental toxins in the form of anger, hatred, resentment and fear can turn the body acidic as surely as acid forming foods do.

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Knowing this about nightshades may change your skin  

Nightshades trigger psoriasis

Psoratics should avoid foods from the nightshade family. These include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Goji Berries
  • Tobacco (oh, really?)
  • Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tamales, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne, etc)

Foods in the nightshade family contain glycoalkaloids that are known to trigger psoriasis.  These glycoalkaloids are natural pesticides produced by nightshade plants and defend the plants against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and insects.  Glycoalkaloids bind to the cholesterol in the cell membranes of the plant’s predators, disrupting the structure of their membranes, and causing their cells to leak or burst open upon contact.

Nightshade (atropa belladonna) is a poison that should be avoided by psoratics.  Unprecedented research has been conducted by Norman F Childers, PhD, who has compiled overwhelming evidence that plants of the nightshade family have a most deleterious effect on people afflicted with arthritis and may even be a basic cause. Psoriasis and arthritis are closely allied diseases.

Problem number 1 with nightshades and psoriasis – Psoratics commonly have a digestive system that is already compromised by an autoimmune disease. Some kinds of alkaloids increase the power of the immune response – exactly what you don’t want when you’re dealing with an autoimmune disorder.

Problem number 2 with nightshades and psoriasis – The alkaloids in nightshade foods are commonly considered to be a gut irritant and this irritation of the gut contributes to intestinal permeability, known as leaky gut. Leaky gut sets off an autoimmune reaction when various proteins that should stay inside the digestive tract instead make their way out into the bloodstream, and the body attacks them in response.  This triggers an auto immune response and creates the need for the toxins in our blood stream to exit our body via our skin. This sums up the most likely reason why we have psoriasis.

I say ‘tomato’, he say ‘tomayto’, I say ‘potato’, he says ‘potayto’.

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Disease cannot exist in a body that remains in an alkaline state

Psoriasis is no exception.  Whilst maintaining a healthy pH state will bring you much closer to achieving freedom from psoriasis, it is supplementary to the other lifestyle improvements we have trialed and talk about.

To help you achieve a state of psoriasis freedom, your blood should always be slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.3 to 7.5. This maintains optimal general health and immunity.

Acidic and alkaline are two extremes that describe a chemical property. Mixing acidic and alkaline foods can neutralise their extreme effects.

The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. Pure rainwater is a pH of 7. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is alkaline. Different parts of the human body have different pH levels. Our ideal blood pH is slightly alkaline between 7.35 and 7.45, however, our stomach is typically 3.5 so that food can break down properly.

Our pH levels, (whether we are in an acid or alkaline state), are influenced by our foods and our emotions.

Acidic emotions

Stress, hate, anxiety,  jealousy and anger change your body chemistry to acidic.

Acidic foods

Foods that tend to cause acidity include grains, dairy products, fish, and meats like corned beef and turkey.

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The psoriasis ‘8’ principles

Well the 8’s have it!

Here are some very general yet valuable guidelines to get you on your way to clear skin.

80% of psoratic’s food and drink intake should be alkaline

8 glasses of clean water each day sure needed to promote healing

think gr8teful and positive thoughts and do not underestimate their worth

8 days and you will notice slight positive improvements in your psoriasis, however long term change takes longer

80 days of maintain this and you will be on your way to long term freedom from psoriasis.

This is a very simplistic look at the guidelines that will be explained to you in depth in further articles. It’s also a great way to get started today, ahead of specific instructions about ‘more of’ and ‘less of’.

Psoriasis is an external manifestation of an internal inflammatory condition that medical science does not have an understanding about. If we can begin with a holistic approach and narrow down to fine tune our healing, we are more likely to heal ourselves without medical intervention.

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