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    **Deepak Ghimire** Male

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    Default Diet and Lifestyle Changes in the management of psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory disease involving a variety of factors affecting millions of patients worldwide. This disease is highly influenced by diet, lifestyle and environmental factors like stress and infection . It can occur at any age and can develop into chronic which is really fraustrating with major impacts on our quality of life. Based on the literature Diet and Lifestyle Changes doesn't cure your psoriasis but may improve the response to psoriasis treatment.

    Here are few things you need to change or avoid:

    Limit or avoid alcohol intake.
    Quit smoking.
    Improve body composition.
    Sleep 8 uninterrupted hours nightly.
    Learn and practice daily an activity that elicits the relaxation response.
    Exercise five to seven times weekly at a moderate level for 20 minutes.
    Eat a nutrient-dense diet at the three main meals, and two to three small-meal snacks daily.
    a. Five or more servings of vegetables daily
    b. Two servings of fruit daily
    c. 8 to 12 ounces of protein-rich food daily (fish, chicken, turkey, lean meat, eggs)
    d. Whole grains, squash, sweet potatoes, beans; minimal refined carbohydrates
    e. Olive oil, coconut oil for cooking
    f. Small amounts of butter, cheese, and other dairy products
    g. Nuts and seeds if allergy is not an issue
    h. Consider a 3-month trial of a gluten-free diet
    i. Consider working with a nutritionist

    Good sleep hygiene
    1. Devote the time to sleep. Arrange consistent bedtimes and waking times to allow 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
    2. Begin unwinding 30 to 45 minutes before sleep should begin. Do not use this time to finish tasks, tidy up the house, or make to do lists.
    3. If you have worries, write them down and leave them for tomorrow.
    4. Try relaxation techniques as your prepare for bed.
    5. Do not eat 1 to 2 hours before bed. Do not drink a lot of fluids.
    6. Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate) after 4 pm.
    7. Avoid alcohol 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
    8. Avoid daytime naps.
    9. Exercise regularly and moderately. Do not engage in vigorous exercise after 6 pm.
    10. Do not keep the television in your bedroom.
    11. Use the bedroom only for sleep (and sex).
    12. Keep the bedroom quiet.
    13. Pull the shades so the room is dark. Light disturbs melatonin release.
    14. Ensure that the temperature of the bedroom is optimal for you.
    15. Consider putting a few drops of a high-quality lavender essential oil on a handkerchief under your pillow.
    16. Consider a bedtime ritual, such as a warm bath or a few pages of reading.


    Diabetic retinopathy or neuropathy patients: avoid vigorous exercise
    Diabetic patients must monitor blood sugar before and after exercise. Delayed hypoglycemia can occur up to 6 to 15 hours after exercise.
    If you have the conditions listed above or have any concerns or questions, be sure to consult your physician before embarking on an exercise program.

    Source:Integrative Dermatology

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    Of all the psoriasis management techniques I've tried, the one which seems to make the biggest difference is stress management. Organising my life and doing yoga twice a week? Oh my goodness if only you knew the difference. When I'm stressed out my psoriasis is outta control!!!

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    **Brenda** Female

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    i actually just wanted people to reread deepak's thread. it has very good information in it and it doesn't have to be just for psoriasis. it is a good thread for a healthy life.

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    Even this is a one year old topic I think it contain relevant information and is worth to talk here.

    I will say a few things about Psoriasis treatment:
    - can be used a lot of therapeutic options but some of them can make us worst.
    - drugs such as antimalarials, statings, litium may worsen psoriasis.
    - corticosteroids also are used for psoriasis treatment and can lead to severe rebound flares of their desease. (never use systemic corticosteroids to treat flares of psoriasis ! )
    - and the most important thing ... don't try to treat psorisias by yourself ... contact a dermatologist, won't bite you
    Do you know what seborrheic keratosis is?

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    This are really great tips. Make me wanna use my post it note ...

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    i dont why people are wait for getting infectious by such type of viruses, why dont we change our life style on the way of fitness, here deepak had provided pretty good information we should spread out this information and aware people at least those we know they are having trouble with psoriasis.

    Thanks ..!

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