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Healing Psoriasis & Skin Disorders

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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A disease in which the skin is dumping internal plaque is psoriasis.

Normally, skin renews itself in about 30 days, the time it takes for a new skin cell to work its way from the innermost layer of skin to the surface.  The cell in psoriasis reaches the top in just three days, as if the body had lost its brakes.

The result is raised areas of skin called plaques, which are red and often itchy. They die like normal cells after the cells reach the surface, but there are so many of them the raised patches turn white with deal cells flaking off.

With flare-ups most often occurring in winter, psoriasis usually goes through cycles of flare-ups and remission. Sometimes it disappears for months or years. It can improve or worsen with age.

Seek the sun.
95 percent of psoriasis sufferers improve or even remit the condition with regular does of intense sun.  The disease seems to be so much worse in a variable or humid climate or in wintertime, that you should consider moving to a warm, dry area. It’s the ultraviolet waves that remove psoriasis and the UV rays work the fastest.

Turn on the lamp.
Go to a tanning salon or get yourself a small UV sunlamp to treat patches of psoriasis.

Get wet and warm.
Baths and heated swimming pools are excellent for psoriasis.

Or get wet and cold.
A cold-water bath, with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar added, is great for itching. Just dump some ice cubes into a small plastic bag and hold it against the affected skin, it really works.

Psoriasis appears as patches of skin on the arms, elbows, legs, knees, scalp, ears and back that are red to brown in color and covered with silvery-white scales.

Toes and fingernails can develop ridges and pits and lose their luster. This condition is linked to a rapid growth of cells in the skin’s outer layer and is often hereditary.

These growths on the epidermis never mature. Whereas, in about twenty-eight days a normal skin cell matures and passes from the bottom layer of the skin to the epidermis, psoriatic cells form in about eight days, causing scaly patches that spread to cover larger areas.

The result of this disorder is the production of excessive numbers of skin cells in a very short time. The condition is not contagious.

Most commonly, beginning between the ages of fifteen and twenty five, psoriasis generally follows a pattern of periodic flare ups alternating with periods of remission.

Attacks can be triggered among other things, by nervous tension, illness, injury, stress, surgery, poison ivy, cuts, viral or bacterial infection, sunburn, overuse of drugs or alcohol, or the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lithium, chloroquine (aralen), and a type of medication frequently prescribed for heart disease and high blood pressure, beta-blockers.

A little more difficult to treat, some people experience an associated arthritis that is similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

Although the underlying cause of the condition is not known, it may result from a faulty utilization of animal fat. Psoriasis is rare in countries where the diet is low in fat. Current research points also to an immune system role in psoriasis. People with HIV or AIDS often have severe psoriasis. Linked to the development of toxins in an unhealthy colon.

Whole Foods

Eat a diet that is composed of 50 percent raw foods and includes plenty of fruits, grains, and vegetables. Include one tablespoon of olive oil on veggies every day.

Get plenty of dietary fiber.
For maintaining a healthy colon fiber. For maintaining a healthy colon fiber is critical. Many fiber components are able to bind to bowel toxins and promote their excretion in the feces, such as apple pectin and psyllium husks. Also follow the program for colon cleansing.

Use good oils, flaxseed oil, avocado etc. They contain ingredients that interfere with the production and storage of arachidonic acid (AA), a natural substance that makes the lesions of psoriasis turn red and swell by promoting the inflammatory response. Red meat and cooked dairy products contain AA.

Apply saltwater with cotton or (seawater) to the affected area several times a day. Use cold-pressed flaxseed, sesame or soybean oils.

 

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