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The most effective approach to treating psoriasis generally focuses on diet and nutrition. Psoriasis is a chronic recurring autoimmune skin condition characterized by raised, inflamed lesions covered with silvery white scales. In psoriasis, skin cells replicate rapidly, giving the new cells no place to go, thus creating mounds of skin. Psoriasis is associated with inflammatory arthritis affecting the fingers and toes.

Conventional therapy focuses on reducing lesions from the outside in but doesn’t address the fundamental underlying root cause of psoriasis — bad genes along with one or more of the following: delayed food allergies, leaky gut, inadequate protein digestion, Candida yeast overgrowth, inadequate liver detox, unbalanced essential fatty acids, unhealthy intestinal microbes, vitamin D or zinc deficiency, poor lifestyle choices, and alcohol abuse.

Focus first on your diet:

  • Adopt a modified elimination diet to identify any potential problem foods. Some people with psoriasis do well on a vegan diet (no animal products).

  • Consume eight servings of colorful vegetables and two servings of fruit daily. Eat more veggies in the cabbage family, including cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, watercress, and bok choy.

  • Eat organic, non‐GMO foods. Look for foods with the verified non‐GMO seal on the package.

  • Eat pumpkin seeds for zinc deficiency (often associated with psoriasis).

  • Drink 8 ounces of water every two waking hours.

  • Chew your food to liquid to assist in the breakdown of proteins.

  • Increase your fiber intake to move your bowels every day.

  • Supplement your diet with the following:

    Supplement Dosage
    Betaine HCL 300 mg with every meal
    Omega‐3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) 1 g yielding 180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA three times daily
    Folate (5‐MTHF) 2,000 to 10,000 mcg twice daily
    Vitamin D3 1,000 to 10,000 IU daily, depending on blood levels
    Zinc glycinate chelate 20 mg twice daily
    Colostrum 10,000 mg once daily
    Proline‐rich polypeptides 4 sprays in mouth, hold for 30 seconds and swallow, twice daily early morning and before bed for a total of 16 mg daily
    Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate and beta‐carotene) 2,500 IU retinyl palmitate and 2,500 IU beta‐carotene
    Probiotics (multistrain of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Rosell) 5 billion CFU twice daily

Consult your healthcare provider to test for the following conditions: leaky gut, gluten/wheat sensitivity, autoimmune thyroid, and candidiasis.

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Dr. Scott J. Banks has been in clinical practice for more than 30 years. In 2013, Banks joined an elite group Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioners. He is uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of illness, disease, and chronic disorders.

Joe Kraynak has authored and co-authored numerous books.

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