Vitamin D and Psoriasis
I have had psoriasis since the beginning of time. I remember even 50 years ago people telling me that what I eat was causing my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to be worse.
For me personally, the jury is still out on that one. I was told to cut out sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy and wheat out of my diet. I haven’t gotten there yet.
Taking supplements and vitamins for psoriasis improvement
Most professionals will say that a balanced diet with proper nutrition and the right vitamins and minerals will have an impact on an individual’s overall skin and health.
However, some doctors and researchers will point out that proper nutrition means more than eating the right foods. It might mean taking an additional supplement to meet your body’s needs. One of those supplements comes from nature’s greatest provider which is the sun.
Low levels of Vitamin D
Nutrition isn't just the type of food you put into your body. There are plenty of smart eating habits that could impact your disease. For some reason my body is always low on Vitamin D.
I have been taking 50,000 IU every week for over 10 years now. I don’t know if it’s helping or not, because it’s always low. I think something is robbing my body of Vitamin D. I’m not sure what it is yet.
Benefits of taking Vitamin D
Do you know why Vitamin D is important to us? Do you know what the benefits of Vitamin D are?
We have been told our whole life how vitamins help with strong bones and teeth and if we don’t get enough Vitamin D we can get osteoporosis. If you are having back pain, feeling tired, experiencing hair loss, or even getting sick more, this could be a sign that you are having Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D and psoriasis
I would like to discuss how this vitamin helps psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Vitamin D can help our psoriasis by changing the way our immune system functions.
There are studies that show that this vitamin can be helpful for us with psoriasis but might not help others. I’m hoping that more research will be done on this.
Getting Vitamin D from your diet
Vitamin D can be found in certain foods such as salmon. Eating a fattier fish will not only help with your heart, but this fish contains omega fatty acids which can help with relief in psoriatic arthritis.
I grew up on a farm, so my parents told me every day to drink my milk. They might have known something 60 years ago that we didn’t. There is plenty of Vitamin D in milk. For the first 40 years of my life, I was covered up from head to toe so the sun never touched my skin. I was given a blood test to be tested for Vitamin D deficiency.
Working with your doctor to improve Vitamin D levels
For some reason research hasn’t figured it out yet, but if our bodies don’t process Vitamin D than our psoriasis won’t get better.
If you think you're not getting enough Vitamin D you can take over-the-counter supplements, but make sure to talk to your doctor first. Too much of anything is not good; taking too much can affect your muscles and make your blood pressure high.
Just remember to try and eat foods with Vitamin D. If you must take supplements, consult your physician. Try to eat foods that help you with your overall health. It’s good to eat a variety of foods than to just concentrate on one vitamin that helps promote good health.
Where on your body does psoriasis bother you the most?