I have always wanted to try new diets to improve my psoriasis symptoms. I recently managed to gather enough courage to give it a go. First I decided to try an all-natural dinner. This was when I realized it was not going to be as easy as I had initially thought.

The thought of giving up staples such as bread and meat, which have been part of my diet my entire life was not exactly appealing. I put together a salad of avocado, kale, and sundried tomato without any dressing, and dinner was served. It tasted horrible and was barely edible.

Research

After that experience, I decided that I needed to know more about these diets since after doing the natural diet for a couple of weeks my skin was pretty much the same. Most of the information I managed to gather indicated that I should lean toward gluten-free diets.

The research I gathered had a few recommendations such as,

· Avoid trigger foods altogether.

· Drink plenty of water

· Eliminate trans fats from your diet[from packaged and fried foods

· Avoid sugar

· Avoid alcohol

Scientific evidence

Although the diets were highly recommended there was no scientific evidence to support them. It’s hard to have a controlled situation where you can have a group of psoriasis sufferers and monitor their diets for long periods to gather adequate information.

Having gathered all this information from various sources, I decided to give my diet a more serious approach.so I made lists of foods that I could eat and those that I could not.

Diets

The foods that I learned to avoid include,

· Sweetened beverages

· Red meat

· Fried foods

· Pastries

· Pasta

Foods that were highly recommended for me included,

· Leafy greens

· Nuts

· Coldwater fish

· Flaxseeds, olive oil

· Walnuts and pumpkin seeds

· Figs and strawberries

· Mangoes

· Sweet potatoes and blueberries

· Spinach and carrots

Results

I made sure that I stuck to the diet. But as you can probably imagine it wasn’t easy. I had food cravings all day long.

After keeping it up for about a month there were actual improvements in my condition. These changes included,

1. My ears were no longer inflamed.

2. There was a very itchy patch on my scalp that I have always had and it had disappeared.

3. My thighs were pinkish but they were not inflamed.

4. My elbows were not inflamed at all.

Wrap up

After some time I just could not keep away from bread and dairy products. The worst part I drank a few more wine glasses than I should have. I woke up one morning and my ears, elbows, and thighs were so inflamed they felt like they were on fire.

All I can manage to do now is reduce my intake of certain foods since I was unable to completely give them up. Bread, sugar, cheese, and alcohol are my Achilles heel. I learned that controlling my symptoms did not require just a diet. It requires a complete lifestyle change.