While dealing with a bit of writers block, I asked some of my readers what they wanted to learn more about — and one person asked about psoriasis.
I will give some brief information and advice, followed up with some resources to check out, most written by actual doctors (unlike me – I have zero medical credentials, just a passion to help people heal their health issues naturally when possible!).
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is easily identified as thick, scaly patches on the skin, usually on areas like the elbows and knees. Though many people assume it’s just a superficial skin problem, research has shown that is is actually a symptom of an autoimmune condition/disease. 30% of people who have psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can become debilitating.
Psoriasis, along with other autoimmune diseases, is impacted by your vitamin D levels. Many people become vitamin D deficient in the winter, but it is still possible to be lacking in vitamin D even in the summer. Low vitamin D levels are linked to a variety of health issues including heart disease, Parkinson’s, and metabolic syndrome. Even if you live in a sunny state, you can be deficient in vitamin D.
Dr. Mercola’s research on what psoriasis means for your health and what to do about it: click here.
Another great resource detailing why this is important to look into: http://wellnessmama.com/699/vitamin-d/
Action steps to take
1. Immediately have your vitamin D levels tested – you want to be within the 50 – 70 ng/ml range all year round.
2. Sensible UVB exposure — the goal is to expose your skin to the sun but avoid burning. See the articles below for more details and safe practices:
3. Start taking a high quality vitamin D3 supplement (not to be confused with synthetic vitamin D2).
4. Take fat with your D3 vitamin (coconut oil or butter) to maximize absorption.
5. Don’t forget about taking K2 and magnesium to complement the vitamin D3.
6. Try changing your diet to help heal your psoriasis.
In this article, Dr. Axe offers insight into the causes of psoriasis, details on a “psoriasis” specific diet, foods to avoid, and the top natural remedies:
7. Try natural topical remedies for itchy or painful skin.
Heavy duty moisturizers just aren’t going to cut it. Many people have experienced relief and healing from psoriasis through the use of essential oils.
Here are two resources on different oils and recipes to try. Make sure the oils you purchase are high quality. Dilute them with fractionated coconut oil for the best results. You can apply them straight, it just depends on what your skin can tolerate. If you need a quality source of essential oils, contact me on my “Stay Connected” page and I can help. This is the company I personally recommend because they have clinical grade essential oils: http://ameo.com/
Best essential oils for psoriasis: http://essentialoilbenefits.com/best-essential-oils-for-psoriasis-and-psoriasis-essential-oil-recipe/
DIY essential oil recipes for psoriasis: http://essentialoilsanctuary.com/5-essential-oils-for-psoriasis-plus-5-diy-mixtures-application-tips/