Psoriasis making your life way more complicated than it needs to be? Fear not, friends, because we asked naturopath and herbalist Shaf Khan for his top tips on how to kick this irritating skin woe to the curb….

Normally skin renews itself in 28 to 30 days, but for people with psoriasis, skin production is accelerated, causing patches of raised, silvery scales or red areas over the skin.

Although you can help relieve the symptoms, to gain long-term relief you need to find the root cause. In my many years of working with clients who have psoriasis, I’ve often found leaky gut syndrome to be the problem.

Psoriasis is a metabolic disease and may be linked to faulty fat assimilation. So, I suggest finding a naturopathic practitioner near you who can help develop a program that’s effective for you personally. They might start with suggesting an elimination diet, in order to identify any specific foods to which you may be allergic, but in the meantime, here are some changes you can make yourself:

Eliminate all junk

Avoid all processed food, white four, sugar and citrus fruit.

Ditch dairy and animal protein

Milk, cheese, eggs, meat and poultry contain arachidonic acid, which causes psoriasis lesions to turn red and swell, so reduce these for two months and see how you go.

Go raw

Focus on eating a diet of raw food with plenty of vegetables, non-citrus fruits, wholegrains, nuts and legumes. Vitamins A, B and B plus calcium, magnesium and zinc are all important for reducing your symptoms.

Oil up

Take some flaxseed oil, sesame seed oil or primrose oil every day. These contain a chemical that reduces symptoms.

De-stress

Stress can aggravate psoriasis, so try to remain calm and collected. Herbal teas are great for that – and so is meditation.

Get some sun

With exposure to regular and safe amounts of sunlight, 96 per cent of sufferers show signs of improvement.

Go natural

Creams containing capsicum can reduce both scaling and redness, and liquorice contains glycyrrhetinic acid, which studies have shown works better than hydrocortisone in treatment of psoriasis and eczema.

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