Considering going vegan, cutting out gluten or taking out grains to see if it will help with your disease?
People with uncontrolled psoriatic disease are at increased risk for comorbidities like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. And some research shows that, in overweight patients, losing weight might reduce the severity of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Making changes to your diet might help improve these conditions and boost your overall wellness.
Changing your diet isn't easy, so we've rounded up some recipes that take a healthier twist on some of your favorite meals. There's a healthier, vegetarian mac 'n cheese, a vegan and gluten-free dessert option and even a grain-free lasagna (indeed, it's possible).
Here are some other ideas for changing up your diet:
Adopt a Mediterranean diet
The stars of this diet—which, according to the Mayo Clinic, research shows can reduce the risk of heart disease—are olive oil, beans, nuts, legumes and seeds, herbs and spices, fruits, vegetables and grains. You can also eat seafood, poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation. Sweets and meats don’t play much of a role.
Spice it up
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), too much sodium can increase your blood pressure, which could lead to heart disease. Try flavoring your meals with herbs and spices instead.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines “moderate” alcohol use as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. There are a lot of good reasons to limit your alcohol intake. According to the CDC, drinking heavily can lead to increased risk of problems like cancer and liver disease. Studies also show that excessive alcohol consumption may make psoriasis worse, and interfere with treatment.
You probably already know that a sweet tooth is bad news. Excessive sugar consumption can contribute to weight gain and tooth decay and increase your risk of heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. The AHA recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume each day.
Always check with your doctor to determine the best dietary plan for you.
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