Psoriasis is an auto-immune disorder but the involved genetic and environmental factors is not yet conclusive. It manifests itself in red, dry, scaly, silvery and raised skin. It can affect any part of your body ranging from the head to toe and is often found in the folds of skin. Psoriasis is non-contagious and attacks particularly people in the fifteen to forty age group.
Since psoriasis is a very complicated condition with very low success rate of complete cure, many treatments have been found to help treat this disease. One form of treatment that has been found effective among psoriasis sufferers is lifestyle and dietary changes that target improvement of the body's immune system.
Is Gluten Free Diet Right For You?
Gluten-free diets have become increasing popular in this modern age. If you are a psoriasis sufferer, you may have considered going on this diet and wonder if it will be an effective form of psoriasis management treatment for you
Link Between Gluten Free Diet And Psoriasis
There has been extensive research done on whether there is a connection between psoriasis and gluten intolerance. There is one theory that the malfunction of T-cells which causes psoriasis is due to gluten intolerance.
In 2000, the “British Journal of Dermatology” published a study on the effects of gluten on psoriasis patients. In this research, the participants were put on this diet for a period of three months and then another 3 months on their normal diet. The study showed more than 50% of gluten sensitive participants' psoriasis got worse after they went back to their usual diet.
Some researches conclude that there is a link between gluten intolerance and psoriasis although the exact connection is yet to be established.
There was another study reported in the “European Journal of Dermatology and Venereology” in September 2008 which showed that psoriasis patients generally suffer from gluten sensitivity.
Overtime, there have been a number of studies that have established a link between psoriasis and gluten intolerance.
Gluten Free Diet
This diet that abstains from foods which contain gluten. Gluten is found in wheat and other related grains, such as bulgur, triticale, barley, farina, durum, or semolina. Being gluten-free does not mean total absence from gluten although the exact level of gluten allowed in the diet is yet to be established. The most recent studies concluded that eating less than 10 milligram of gluten per day is generally acceptable.
There are many types of grains and carbohydrates that are acceptable in a gluten-free diet and they include:
• Chia Seed
There are also several types of beans, soya and nut flours which can be consumed by a person on a gluten-free diet and these are good substitutes which can provide protein and fiber. Most meats, fruits and vegetables and diary products are gluten-free.
If you are on this diet, you should be aware the many products such as medicines, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, lipsticks and skin-care products contain gluten. You should always check the ingredients in products you are about to purchase to ensure there is no gluten in the product.
If you want to try out this diet, you should always check with your health professional and dietician to make sure it is a suitable diet for you.