semi-good news for all of us who suffer from psoriasis is that you are
not alone, since it affects around 7.5 million of us here in the USA.
The bad news is that even though psoriasis is commonly considered to be
little more than an irritating skin affliction, research shows us that
it can lead to psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, Crohn’s disease, and
cancer, so it is not something to be taken lightly.
Not to mention
that it’s deemed to be incurable. And don’t even get us started on all
the cures that are meant to get rid of psoriasis. It seems, after all,
that many psoriasis treatments involve dubious ingredients of like
steroids, petroleum jelly, or some sort of pharmaceutical nonsense which
you don’t know whether to blindly trust, or just take to the toxic
waste dump and be rid of.
But you do need something to at least
alleviate the symptoms of pesky psoriasis – and preferably something
natural that won’t go on to cause a list of other side effects.
probiotics, which can not only help you clear up your condition, but
also comes with a bevy of other health benefits – rather than unpleasant
side effects. Better yet, these beneficial bacteria are natural, and
are essential not only in reducing the inflammation which causes
psoriasis, but for digestion, healthy hormone balance, and overall
How Probiotics Help Psoriasis
As many of us
already know, probiotics are the beneficial bacteria which live in us,
on us, and around us, and without them, we couldn’t so much as digest
our food, or have a healthy immune system.
However, our modern
lifestyle has us deficient in these crucial microorganisms. This is due
to most of us not living in environments such as farms or ranches where
contact with friendly microbes is more common than in urban areas, and
there is also our overuse of sanitizers, disinfectants, and antibiotics.
of the many problems with this deficiency is, since probiotics help
control inflammation-causing bacteria by stimulating our
immune-regulating T-cells, chronic inflammation can be the result. Since
psoriasis is caused by inflammation, low levels of gut bacteria can
leave us vulnerable to it.
Plus, probiotics play a role in other
aspects of skin health, such as warding off acne, healing wounds, skin
rejuvenation and strengthening the skin’s (and body’s) overall immune
health. This is due not only to probiotic’s abilities to help reduce
inflammation, but in controlling other, less desirable bacteria which
can take over in the absence of probiotics.
But Which Probiotic Strain Should I use for Psoriasis?
are trillions of strains of bacteria forming ecosystems inside of us,
and each of us has our own body chemistry which may support different
varieties of microorganisms. In fact, it has been noted that the types
of bacteria in us may be likened to a fingerprint, in that no two are
However, different bacteria also affect different
conditions, such as studies showing that Lactobacillus, B. bifudum, and
L. Acidophilus are effective in treating acne.
And, while using
just any probiotic to improve your gut flora may be better than nothing,
some strains do better with skin conditions like psoriasis than others,
Bifidobacterium bifidum. Perhaps the most commonly
known probiotic strain, B. bifidum is essential for skin health, since
it plays a key role in maintaining a strong immune system. B. bifidum
works to control unwelcome bacteria varieties in the gut, which not only
helps digestion, but boosts the body’s immune response against
inflammation and allergies.
Lactobacillus plantarum. L. plantarum
helps the body produce L. lysine, which is an amino acid which supports
calcium absorption and hormone production, and is also key in supporting
a positive immune response to guard against inflammation. This not only
protects us against psoriasis, but has anti-aging, digestive, and
immune health benefits as well.
Lactobacillus acidophilus. Also
one of the more well-known probiotics due to its long association with
digestive health-particularly for those who have trouble digesting dairy
products. L. acidophilus is also an immune booster, which helps produce
a healthy response to inflammation and associated skin conditions.
rhamnosus. L. rhamnosus gets antibodies to ward off infection and
inflammation. This helps it boost the immune system, as well as guard
How to Take Probiotics for Psoriasis?
To start taking probiotics for psoriasis, you don’t necessarily need to add another supplement to your stash.
you could go the more pleasurable route of adding another dish to the
table. Cultured foods can be a simple – and tasty – way to add bacteria
to your diet. Try some yogurt, raw sauerkraut, kefir or kimchi, although
be sure to buy non-pasteurized, cold-processed products, since heat
Some manufacturers, i.e. yogurt, also list strains
of bacteria on their packaging, which helps in assuring you that the
product does contain live bacteria. However, even if it doesn’t, you
should be able to identify a sour smell and taste in most cultured
products, which also indicates that the bacteria are alive.
can also go out and play in the dirt for your probiotics, which may not
be too practical for most of us city-dwellers. However, if you have a
garden, you are in luck, since soil can also be a rich source of
probiotics, and there are few more satisfying ways to get them. Lower
your grocery bill, beat psoriasis, AND fresh veggies to enjoy? Done!
taking a daily probiotic capsule is the easiest – and most consistent –
way for us to get our microbes. When looking for a good probiotic,
remember to look for a variety of strains, including some bifida and
You may need to try a few different companies
and products before finding which one works best for you overall, but
look for a product with at least 6-billion count. You should also only
buy a product which is perishable. Look for a time stamp or use-by date,
which helps to ensure the product is fully potent and live. Finally,
look for a dark glass container, since light can also kill bacteria.
Last Notes on Probiotics for Psoriasis
off the cleaning supplies, they’re making you unhealthy! Seriously,
most of us do a little more sanitizing than we really need to, which is
only understandable, since we want to keep ourselves and our families
healthy and safe.
However, by over-using hand sanitizers, counter
disinfectants, and other anti-bacterial products, we aren’t just killing
off the bad guys, but the good guys as well. Plus, many sanitizers are
endocrine disruptors that can cause such conditions as rashes and eczema
– hmmm, could this have anything to do with your psoriasis?
even if sanitizing agents aren’t what are causing your psoriasis, they
are likely getting in the way of healthy probiotic populations, so stick
with soap and water – it really is the best way to clean. Better yet,
stick to a natural soap that’s good for psoriasis.
So rather than
trying a “cure” for your psoriasis which may only lead to further health
problems, why not give probiotics a try? After all, you may find that
they are not only good for alleviating your psoriasis, but can improve
your digestion, immune health, and mental wellbeing too.