How To Use Probiotics For Psoriasis Treatment
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disorder, often linked with what you eat or environmental chemicals used such as shampoos, cleaners, perfumes, soaps, laundry detergents, etc. As dietary intake plays a major role in the precipitation of the disease, the use of probiotics for psoriasis treatment was suggested. The following sections will help you understand the exact mechanism involved in curing psoriasis.
How To Treat Psoriasis With Probiotics
Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition that produces red, dry plaques of thickened skin due to rapid proliferation of skin cells that is triggered by abnormal lymphocytes (blood component) from the blood. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp. Although the exact cause of the condition is unknown, it is hypothesized it occurs due to a combination of factors including genetic predisposition and environmental factors.
Scientists also believe that the origin of the disease lies in the intestinal tract. Build up of toxins in the system making their way through the skin, but not originating in the skin causing adverse reactions. Dysbiosis (leaky gut) caused due to misbalance of the good and bad bacteria of the gut leads to faltering in the usually taunt intestinal wall, causing it to become thin and porus which leads to the seeping of toxins into the system.
Probiotics, fundamentally counter the dysbiosis of the intestine, by
- Balancing the gut microflora
- Creating an inhospitable environment for pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria
- Improve gut motility
- Reduce inflammation, and retain intestinal form
- Boost body immunity
How To Incorporate Probiotics To Treat Psoriasis
- Probiotics are generally safe and well tolerated in the body and can be easily included in our daily diet.
- Probiotics work better when specific microbial strains are used in the required dose.
- The dose of probiotics is age dependent.
- Probiotics must contain active cultures, and care on the microbial strain consumed and date of expiration.
- Probiotics should be taken on a regular basis for maintenance of a healthy digestive and immune system.
- Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt.
- Probiotics can also be added to daily diet by incorporating soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, rejuvenac, kombucha, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.
- Probiotics are also available as a wide variety of dietary supplements in capsule, tablets or liquid forms for easy use.
- Prebiotics promote growth of probiotics in the body, thus improve their efficacy.
Best Probiotics for Psoriasis
Strains of Lactobacilus and Bifidobacteria are most suitable to treat autoimmune skin disorders.
- L. acidophilus
- L. rhamnous
- L. Lactis
- B. longum
- B. bifidum
- S. thermophilus
You can choose from a variety of commercial probiotic products like Acidophilus liquid, Primadophilus optima, Bifidophilous chews, Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.
Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy
Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and is extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection. If probiotic supplements are used it is best id used under medical supervision. Probiotics when consumed initially can cause gas and bloting, but these symptoms subside with constant use.
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