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plaque-psoriasis-infoDr Carrie Decker ND, explores some practical interventions and provides a brief overview on the role of your gut and the development and progression of psoriasis.

If you or a loved one has psoriasis, you probably are familiar with the struggles of waxing and waning symptoms of dry, flaking skin, possibly accompanied by itching and pain as the skin repeatedly cracks in regions, while it goes through various phases of healing and shedding. For some people the issue is rather mild, and only presents as a somewhat unsightly patch which may be uncomfortable for others to see as they may fear it is contagious.  For others, the pain and symptoms are more severe, and may be accompanied by arthritis (known as psoriatic arthritis), which causes progressive damage to the joints and often requires medications and management by a rheumatologist to prevent irreversible joint destruction.

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Psoriasis, Diet and Food Concentrates

Thursday, 25 September 2014 by | Comments: 1

It has been argued in many cases quite vehemently that diet has no role to play in many of the common dermatological conditions that trouble people. Yet as no surprise to those who use changes in diet to assist skin management a number of studies are now confirming that seen in empirical practice – your food choice and supplement choice influences for the better or worse skin health.[1],[2]

The two papers above are useful summaries of interventions that may add improvement to the skin damage or may mitigate associated disease risk or medication side effects. Clearly as food has multiple points of intervention in human physiology, even those conditions with a high genetic association are also going to be advantageously influenced by the correct management of body health via food and food concentrates.

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Bile. Also known as gall. Memorialised as “that green monster” in Shakespeare. Bile is a bitter-tasting, dark green to yellowish brown liquid produced by our liver, stored in the gallbladder, and known to aid in the digestion of lipids and fats in the small intestine. Bile acids are actually steroids derived from cholesterol.

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Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a lifelong inflammatory skin disease characterised by sharply demarcated, scaly, erythematous plaques. Effector cells of the innate immune system, such as keratinocytes, have been shown to have a role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis.

The current view of psoriasis pathogenesis proposes that a combination of environmental and genetic factors confers susceptibility to the disease and that a dysregulated immune response leads to a series of linked cellular changes in the skin.[1]

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