(NaturalNews) According to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, psoriasis affects nearly 125 million people globally. Individuals suffer from red, scaly patches on their skin, which is often accompanied by severe pain due to intense cracking and bleeding. James was one man who knew the symptoms all too well, living with dark red, raised patches on his arms. However, when he began a raw food diet, his symptoms went away.
Just two and a half months after he started the diet in March 2011, the patches on his elbows were barely visible. He continued to consume raw fruits and vegetables, and in July 2012, his psoriasis was completely gone. He also lost over 50 pounds and attributes his successes to his improved dietary choices.
"Junk food does nothing for your health but make us sicker," he says. Tired of his health and skin conditions, James adopted a 95 percent raw diet and hasn't looked back.
Change what you eat, change your skin
"I always say to patients that if you notice that your skin condition worsens after you eat certain foods, then stop eating those foods and see what happens," says Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center at New York University. These days, James says a typical day starts with 16 or 32 ounces of water or coconut water, several banana and mango smoothies at work and, for dinner, a large salad with five to eight tomatoes, lettuce and carrots.
He says it helped that he added the fruits and vegetables gradually, often eating them before enjoying a larger meal.
"I know it works," James says. "Nobody's going to hand this lifestyle to you . . . you really have to seek it out and take responsibility for your health and search for good food."
Approximately 40 percent of people with psoriasis
develop psoriatic arthritis, which includes symptoms like swollen fingers, stiffness and fatigue. A raw diet may significantly diminish psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Broccoli, lettuce and carrots are high on the list of suggested foods for those suffering with psoriasis.Sources for this article include:worldpsoriasisday.comwww.youtube.comwww.healwithfood.orghttp://science.naturalnews.comAbout the author:
Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straight forward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general. In 2010, Michelle created RawFoodHealthWatch.com
, to share with people her approach to the raw food diet and detoxification.