Organic Food – Will It Help My Psoriasis?
By Freedom 360
Medically reviewed by Freedom 360 Panel of Doctors
A discussion about organic food can become quite heated. Those committed to the organic lifestyle will swear that it is the key to a good health and that the chemicals in non-organic food are causing all kinds of problems.
Those with opposing views will argue equally as passionately that traditional non-organic food is, has and always will be healthy.
So what exactly is organic food? Organic food is produced by organic farming - a heavily regulated activity and it means much more than just not using chemicals and pesticides.
In most countries, the use of the term ‘organic’ requires the farmer to seek a special certification that confirms the product meets organic farming standards. These standards ban the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The standards also require the farm to grow their produce in a way that promotes ecological balance and conserves biodiversity. In other words, the farming practice needs to be ecologically sustainable.
There is much debate about the relative health benefits of organic food versus non-organic food. One thing is clear - people who are conscious enough of what they put into their body that they buy organic food, are more likely to pursue a healthy eating regime. In other words, one reason why people who buy organic foods appear healthier is because they make better decisions about the type and quality of food they eat.
So should psoriasis patients eat organic food? Well, it certainly won’t hurt you, but the cause of psoriasis is unknown so changing to organic food will not bring about a cure. There is currently no scientific link between diet and psoriasis or psoriatic arthritisi.
However, poor food choice can make your psoriasis worse, leading to flare-ups. Excessive amounts of alcohol, coffee, red meat, sugar and gluten can all make your psoriasis worse. Healthier choices would include foods such as fish, walnuts, fruits, vegetables. And don’t forget to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.
The sensible approach – and the one most doctors recommend – is to eat a healthy and balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the severity of psoriasis flare-ups and provide other long-term health benefits such as reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.