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Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Psoriasis is a condition in which the skin develops dry, scaly, itchy, red patches. It’s very common—according to the National Psoriasis Foundation about 2-3% of the world’s population has it.
Unfortunately, it’s commonly treated in ways that don’t really get to the cause of the problem. I want to tell you how to do that, so you can actually heal from psoriasis and prevent it from coming back.
Psoriasis is generally referred to as a “skin disease,” but it’s really an autoimmune disease—a symptom on your skin reflecting that your immune system has gone wonky and forgotten how to behave properly. Your body has, in essence, developed antibodies against your own cells.
Usually, psoriasis is an indicator of “leaky gut,” the condition that leads you to develop an autoimmune issue in the first place. Psoriasis is also a sign of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.
Fortunately, this immune system “confusion” can be reversed. While most conventional treatments, such as applying topical steroids only address the skin—and can have unwanted side effects—the best approach is to build a strong and healthy “internal terrain.” That means focusing on the interplay between leaky gut, stress, inflammation, and food sensitivities.
And that takes a multi-layered approach that includes working with your internal systems, your mind, and your skin.
Let’s start with the skin. Topically, you should apply coconut oil directly to the affected areas.
Next, there are some specific supplements I recommend:
EPA (omega 3 fatty acid) 1200 mg twice per day: helps calm down the skin
Zinc 20 mg per day: helps with skin healing and repair
Probiotics as needed: major gut healer
D3 5000 mg: helps with a number of things including autoimmune diseases
Additionally, there are some dietary changes to make. You’ll need to alkalize your body (to get your cells and surrounding tissues healthy). Coffee is a major acidifier, so you need to eliminate that. If you’re a coffee drinker, switch to green tea.
Also, drink bone broth—at least a mug a day (several mugs is better). This will help a great deal in healing the gut.
In addition, cut out dairy—it’s the biggest player in psoriasis in terms of food sensitivities. Allergy testing for food sensitivities is never a bad idea, but often just cutting out dairy makes a huge difference. For more about what to eat and what not to eat when you have an autoimmune disease, see My “Real Food” Autoimmune Protocol.
Finally, stress reduction such as meditation can help significantly since stress can be a major factor in autoimmune diseases.
The important thing to remember is that psoriasis isn’t something you just have to manage and live with. You can heal it. And in the process, you will make your whole body stronger and healthier.
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