All your Questions about the Psoriatic Arthritis Diet

Although diet alone will not cure psoriatic, eating right can reduce inflammation and help with weight management.

It can seem difficult to decide what information to trust and which to ignore. Geraldine M. Jaffe RDN. CDN, an arthritis educator and nutrition consultant based in New York answers nine frequently asked questions on eating right for psoriatic.

1. What is a diet for psoriatic acid? While there's no cure for the condition, an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce symptoms such as stiffness and joint pain. A diet rich in plant-based food is the best, as it contains antioxidants and other nutrients to reduce inflammation. Jaffe states that fruits and veggies should make up half of any meal. This is especially true for lunch and dinner. You should also eat lots of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes and other foods that are rich in monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated fats like avocados. Fatty fish, low fat dairy, eggs and poultry are good sources of protein.

2. How can I help my flare-ups? Jaffe says that, although there is no miracle food that will immediately soothe your symptoms, it can make you feel more well over time if you eat a plant-based diet. Keep this in mind when feeling well. Stock up on vegetables frozen and cook healthy meals. So you don't have to feel sick and can still eat healthy.

3. Are there any reasons to eat gluten-free or not? Psoriasis sufferers are more likely to develop celiac diseases, as evidenced by research. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that about three quarters of those suffering from psoriasis will develop psoriaticasis. Jaffe says that a blood test can be done by your doctor to check if you are suffering from celiac, which is when gluten affects your gut. You should avoid gluten if you are diagnosed with celiac disease. Otherwise? You shouldn't eat gluten-free. It can lead to your body losing important fiber sources (like bulgur or barley) as well as other nutrients. Jaffe also says that even if gluten-free isn't necessary, the inconvenience might be too much, particularly considering the pain and discomfort joint pain can cause.

4. Are there any dairy products I can give up? You don't have to give up dairy if you are allergic or lactose intolerance. This can usually be verified by testing done at your doctor. A daily dose of yogurt or milk could be beneficial for many with psoriatic disease. These foods provide a good source of protein, and often contain vitamin D, which is a vital anti-inflammatory nutrient. Jaffe states that anyone suffering from psoriatic inflammation should have their vitamin status checked.

5. Do I need to try Paleo or keto? Jaffe recommends staying clear of these diets as they can be harmful to your health. Jaffe suggests that you choose the most research-based and plant-based diet plan if you are interested in trying a new diet. The Mediterranean diet is an anti-inflammatory one that focuses on whole foods, fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. It also includes healthy fats such as olive oil. To ensure safety, you should consult your doctor before starting any new diet.

6. Are supplements necessary? Supplements are required if you suffer from vitamin D deficiencies. Jaffe suggests that people with psoriatic disease take fish oil. This is a rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fat acids. Many people are advised to consume two to three grams of fish oil purified. However, your doctor may recommend a higher dose.

7. How about probiotics? Probiotics are a topic of great interest right now. Research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology in January 2015 shows that people suffering from psoriatic tend to have a poor mix of their gut bacteria. Because your gut bacteria is an important part of your immune defense, it's problematic. It's not clear if probiotics are able to shift the balance of bacteria in people suffering from psoriatic. Jaffe recommends that people eat more fibrous fruits and vegetables to increase bacterial diversity.

8. If I'm obese, what should I eat? If this is the case, you may have to overhaul your diet. Jaffe states that obesity can cause inflammation which makes it more difficult for psoriatic arthritis to be controlled. The reason is that excess body fat causes an increase in the production of inflammatory chemicals, particularly TNF alpha. Jaffe says that although some inflammatory arthritis medication work by blocking TNFalpha, if you are overweight or have psoriatic, then your TNFalpha level could make it difficult for the medicine's effectiveness. Talk to a dietitian about creating an eating plan that will help you manage your weight.

9. What is the best dessert you can ever have? Yes. You can have a little bit of sugar every once in a while, although it may cause your body to become more inflammatory. You can eat a few squares of dark chocolate with antioxidants, but save the richer stuff for when it is truly worth it. Jaffe advises that buttercream icing should not be used on every occasion.