Holistic Skin Wellness

“From the Inside Out: How Improving Gut Health Can Improve Your Psoriasis Symptoms”


Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin, causing red, scaly patches that can be itchy, painful, and unsightly. While the exact cause of Psoriasis is unknown, it is believed to be a combination of genetic, immunological, and environmental factors that can trigger the disorder. 

One crucial factor that has been associated with Psoriasis is an imbalance in gut bacteria, referred to as dysbiosis.

The gut microbiome is the community of microorganisms that inhabit the digestive tract.

These microorganisms have the immense power to influence the immune system and may play a role in regulating inflammation, which is a critical factor in Psoriasis.

It’s important to keep in mind that, The gut and the skin are two vital organs connected through various pathways, such as the immune system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. 

Studies have demonstrated that imbalances in the gut microbiome can cause inflammation and trigger not only Psoriasis but other skin issues as well, including acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and hives. 

Therefore, maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is becoming increasingly recognized as essential for maintaining healthy skin.

If you’re interested in learning about the fascinating connection between the skin, gut, and brain, I highly recommend reading this blog.

It’s important to note that while gut imbalances may contribute to Psoriasis, they are not the sole cause of the condition. Managing Psoriasis often requires a multi-faceted holistic approach that includes addressing both internal and external factors that may contribute to symptoms. 

I want to share a few evidences that indicate how gut imbalances play a role in the development and progression of Psoriasis. 

Here are a few examples:

  1. Gut microbiome imbalances: People with Psoriasis often have an imbalanced gut microbiome, with less diversity and lower levels of beneficial bacteria than those without the disease. This may be due to factors such as diet, antibiotics, and stress, which can disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. These imbalances can trigger an immune response leading to skin inflammation.
  2. Intestinal permeability: Some studies have found that people with Psoriasis have increased intestinal permeability, also known as “leaky gut.” This means that the lining of the gut is more permeable than it should be, allowing toxins and other substances to leak into the bloodstream. This can trigger inflammation throughout the body, including in the skin.
  3. Treatment with probiotics: There is evidence to suggest that certain probiotics can improve the symptoms of Psoriasis. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore the balance of the gut microbiome. Studies have found that certain strains of probiotics can reduce inflammation and improve skin symptoms in people with Psoriasis, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus, may have anti-inflammatory effects and could be beneficial for psoriasis.
  4. Dietary interventions: Some studies have found that dietary interventions, such as eliminating certain foods or taking supplements, can improve the symptoms of Psoriasis. For example, one study found that a gluten-free diet reduced the severity of Psoriasis in people with celiac disease. Another study found that taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduced inflammation and improved skin symptoms in people with Psoriasis.

Correcting gut imbalances may not completely cure Psoriasis. Still, it can definitely help improve symptoms and potentially reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. 

To correct gut imbalances and potentially improve psoriasis symptoms, here are some steps that can be taken:

  1. Identify and remove trigger foods: Food sensitivities can contribute to gut imbalances and trigger inflammation in the body, worsening psoriasis symptoms. Common food triggers include gluten, dairy, sugar, and nightshade vegetables. By identifying and removing trigger foods from your diet, you can reduce inflammation and support gut health.
  2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet: A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help support a healthy gut microbiome. Fiber-rich foods such as legumes, nuts, and seeds can also help feed beneficial gut bacteria.
  3. Consider probiotics: Probiotics are live bacteria that can help improve gut health. They are available in supplement form and can also be found in certain foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut. Look for a probiotic supplement that contains a variety of bacterial strains and take as directed. You can also consider taking a probiotic supplement:
  4. Address nutrient deficiencies: Nutrient deficiencies can contribute to gut imbalances and worsen psoriasis symptoms. Be sure to consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin A, and zinc. 
  5. Manage stress: Stress can trigger psoriasis flare-ups and contribute to gut imbalances. Managing stress through techniques such as meditation, yoga, or counseling can help improve psoriasis symptoms.
  6. Consider functional testing: Functional testing, such as a comprehensive stool analysis or food sensitivity testing, can help identify specific imbalances in the gut microbiome that may be contributing to psoriasis symptoms.
  7. Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is essential for good gut health, as it helps to keep things moving smoothly through the digestive tract.
  8. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity has been shown to improve gut health by increasing the diversity of the gut microbiome.
  9. Get enough sleep: Sleep is important for overall health, including gut health. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night to help support a healthy gut.
  10. Homeopathic remedies : Some homeopathic remedies may be used to support gut health, such as Nux vomica, which is believed to help with digestion and reduce bloating, and Lycopodium, which may help with digestive issues such as constipation and gas.

A holistic treatment approach is often necessary for managing Psoriasis as it involves addressing a variety of internal and external factors that can contribute to symptoms. This can involve a range of interventions that go beyond traditional medical treatments to support the overall well-being of the patient.

Avoiding harsh body washes and soaps can be helpful for people with psoriasis. Many conventional body washes and soaps contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate the skin and worsen psoriasis symptoms. Instead, it is recommended to use gentle, fragrance-free body washes and soaps that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Look for products that are free of sulfates, parabens, and other harsh chemicals, as these can be especially irritating for people with psoriasis.

Naturo Essentials Body & Hair Wash is a great option for people who are dealing with skin issues. It is Made with all-natural ingredients, it can be a good choice for people with psoriasis who are looking for a gentle, non-irritating cleanser for their skin and scalp.

Additionally, try to avoid using hot water and harsh scrubbing, as these can further dry out and irritate the skin. Instead, use lukewarm water and gentle washing motions to minimize irritation and protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

“Psoriasis is a complex disease which can result from a variety of contributing factors. To achieve a successful and holistic treatment outcome, I offer my support to help you identify the root cause and design a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may encompass lifestyle modifications, topical treatments, and other natural and safe remedies with the goal of improving your skin health without any adverse side effects.” – email me at contact@holisticskinwellness.com for further enquiry.

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