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Psoriatic arthritis affects nearly 30 percent of individuals who have been previously diagnosed with psoriasis. This inflammatory condition generally occurs in bursts that often coincide with trigger factors, which are then related to increased inflammatory processes. Stymieing these arthritic outbreaks is the primary goal of treatment, and much of the focus is placed on reducing overall inflammation. From non-steroidal anti-inflammatories to biologic recombinant agents, medicinal treatments seek to reduce the body's inclination to attack arthritic joints.
Psoriatic arthritis patients should seek to combine prescribed medications and topical agents with an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. These holistic practices can be delineated into several distinct and easy to follow tips that can be used to resolve and prevent arthritic outbreaks.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Typical western diets are severely deficient in necessary fats. Although omega-6 intake is also required, omega-3s are equally important in the formation of omega-9 fats, which comprise the membranes of cells. Further, omega-3 fatty acids assist in preventing inflammation through the preferential creation of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Omega-3s, such as those available in BLUESPRING’s Pure Emu Oil Gel Caps should be a part of your daily diet.
The body utilizes two distinct antioxidant vitamins during periods of cellular stress. Vitamin C and E are consistently depleted in the serum of those who are afflicted with psoriasis. These two vitamins can be supplemented to yield a considerable reduction in total body inflammation, especially during times of stress. Vitamin E dosages should not exceed 400 IU a day and vitamin C can be supplemented up to each individual's maximum bowel tolerance.
A Healthy Gut
Regulation of intestinal function prevents increased inflammation caused by foodborne pathogens, depleted nutrient intake and microbiota-induced processes. Healthy function can best be modulated through the introduction of probiotic organisms, the avoidance of nutrient leaching foods and the elimination of foods that are known allergens. Common allergic foods include wheat, eggs, shellfish and certain nuts. Those who suffer from psoriasis should have food allergen testing performed to determine their susceptibility.
Foods that prevent the absorption of certain minerals and vitamins have an increased amount of phytic acid, which reduces iron, magnesium and zinc intake along various areas of the intestines. Wheat, unsoaked legumes and brown rice are known sources of phytic acid.
A complete probiotic should include strains of Lactobacillus paracasei, Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus plantarum. Together, these organisms will prevent the growth of harmful pathogens while bolstering overall gut health.