3. Going gluten free
A common suggestion to regulate inflammation is to eat a gluten free diet. While this may mean making substantial changes in dietary choices, research has shown that eating gluten free is very beneficial to regulating inflammatory symptoms.
Typically, a gluten free diet is the only way to address celiac disease which is also an autoimmune disease involving inflammation. Celiac patients suffer from inflammatory issues triggered by gluten and eliminating gluten is the only way to stay symptom free. Studies have also shown that individuals with celiac disease may also be at a higher risk for psoriasis since both conditions are autoimmune and one can trigger the other.
Turmeric has been known to possess many health benefits, one of the most significant being its anti-inflammatory properties. The potent ingredient known as curcumin in turmeric gives it its health boosting and inflammation fighting potential.
One tsp of turmeric may be added to a glass of hot milk and had when flare ups activate. Or a topical paste may be prepared by mixing a small amount of turmeric powder with sufficient water to get a thick consistency. The paste can be applied to the affected area and left on overnight. Rinse gently with lukewarm water and repeat as needed.
Alternatively adding turmeric into the diet as a spice can not only offer anti-inflammatory benefits internally, but also boost overall health.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is packed with a number of raw enzymes and healthy bacteria that offer potent healing for a number of health conditions. It helps restore the natural pH balance of the skin and helps prevent infection. To use as a drink, mix one tsp of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink twice daily. One recommendation is to drink this mixture during flare ups. Along with addressing psoriasis symptoms, this remedy is also beneficial for detoxifying the body.
As an alternative, apply an apple cider vinegar mixture as a compress to the affected area. An application of apple cider vinegar to the skin can have a soothing effect and help relieve itching associated with psoriasis. However, since the vinegar is acidic in nature, it needs to be applied with caution. In order to prevent aggravating sensitive skin, the vinegar should be diluted in a 1:3 ratio with water and applied gently to the affected area. The next step is to immediately moisturize the skin after treatment.