While there is no solid connection between psoriasis, diet, and exercise, eating well and staying active can help improve your general health.
How your diet can help your general health
Whether you have psoriasis or not, eating a healthy, balanced diet can be good for your overall general health. The following suggestions may help:
- Try to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day—skipping meals may make you want to eat more later in the day
- Eat smaller portions of food
- Choose low-calorie foods
- Limit your intake of red meat and high-fat dairy products
- Avoid foods and drinks high in sugar
- Avoid foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
Although it's uncertain whether diet alone can improve psoriasis, it may help some people. Be sure to talk to your doctor or a nutritionist before making any changes to your diet.
Staying active is a smart move
There are a number of benefits to exercising, whether or not you have psoriasis. In fact, increasing your physical activity may not only help lower your risk of certain diseases, it can also help relieve stress, which can trigger psoriasis symptoms. Exercise can also help you lose weight.
Before beginning any exercise or weight loss program, talk to your doctor and set goals that are right for you. When you’re ready, here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
- You don't have to exercise hard or long to see results. Try to incorporate a few short sessions of moderate exercise each day
- Whether you're trying to lose weight or just stay at a healthy weight, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day
- Don't try to lose all your extra weight at once. Losing weight over time is typically easier and safer
- Reduce the amount of calories you consume in one day. Talk to your doctor to see how many calories you should consume each day
- Start an exercise program to help burn calories each day. Talk to your doctor to see how many calories you should aim to burn off each day