Managing life with psoriasis isn’t always easy. But making healthy choices and limiting stress in your life can have an impact by helping you live well with psoriasis.

Diet, Exercise, and Psoriasis Severity

Eating right and exercising is beneficial for everyone's health. But, if you’re living with psoriasis, making healthy choices is even more important.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, overweight psoriasis patients—specifically those who are obese—are more likely to have severe psoriasis.

Hungry for a Healthy Diet?

Want to find out how healthy you're really eating? Try keeping a food diary. If you see yourself not eating as well as you'd like, start substituting some healthier options into your diet.

Check out the lists below for a few factors to consider when maintaining a healthy diet.

Try more:

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Whole grains

  • Low-fat dairy products

  • Lean meats and fish

Try less:

  • Red meat

  • High-fat dairy foods

  • Refined & processed foods

  • Alcohol

Some people may need to follow a different diet due to certain medical conditions or dietary restrictions. Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

Stress and Psoriasis

Although stress does not cause psoriasis, it can make the condition more difficult to manage. Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis flares. But how do you avoid stress when having psoriasis itself can be stressful?

While you can't always avoid stress, you can be aware of it. Speak with your doctor about the best ways to manage your stress and psoriasis.

Know what stresses you

Identifying the stressors that triggered previous flare-ups can help you not only avoid them in future situations, but also deal with them more constructively.

Open up

Keeping your feelings bottled up inside can add to your stress and worsen your psoriasis symptoms. Be open and honest about your psoriasis, especially with your doctor. It's important for your doctor to be aware of the impact psoriasis has on you. Sharing your feelings with family and friends isn’t always easy.

It can also help to know you’re not alone. Other people are living full lives with psoriasis every day.

Stressed about getting dressed?

Many people with psoriasis feel uncomfortable wearing shorts or short sleeves during the summer time because of their plaques. But covering up has the potential to make things worse because perspiration can sometimes irritate psoriasis symptoms. Try wearing loose-fitting clothing that minimizes rubbing against the skin, and look for newer, more breathable fabrics that are soft and moisture-wicking.

Take time to relax

It may be easier said than done, but relaxation is important. Techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises can lower stress in some people. Talk to your doctor about the relaxation techniques you're considering.

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