Psoriasis- New to juicing

by Joe
(Philadelphia, PA)

Q: First, thank you for your very informative website. I have psoriasis that gets pretty bad sometimes. I would like to try and treat it with juicing. How long should I go on a juice fast? Would it be bad to have one small meal a day or every other day with the rest of the day consuming fresh veggie and fruit juice?
Thank You.

A: Hey Joe! You're on the right track. In my opinion, food absolutely affects the skin conditions. I write a little bit about it here, if you haven't read it already.

Juicing for skin conditions

When your body has a blockage, it many times will use it's largest eliminative organ (our skin) to push out the toxins if it can't get it out through natural channels. So this causes a host of problems ranging from acne to psoriasis. Juicing and a fast can help cleanse your body to get all of your elimination channels flowing again. It will also raise your immune system so that your body can fight off the imbalances that are causing your body to over-produce skin.

If I were you, I'd try a one to three day juice fast. And yes, adding in a clean meal 1 or 2x a day isn't a big deal. Your body will still detox. Afternoon would be the best time. By "clean meal" I mean things that are preferably organic, unprocessed and uncooked. It would probably be a good idea to avoid meat, dairy and bread too. Examples of good things to eat would be nice salad with lots of cut up veggies with olives and lemon/olive oil dressing, any raw food meals, a raw blender soup, cut up veggies with a natural dip, smoothies, oatmeal, things like that. Google "raw meals" for some ideas. This way the solid food won't interfere with your fast. Things like bread or cheese will slow down cleansing and make your fast uneffective. Plus, it would be too heavy on your belly if you had nothing but juice all day.

If a fast is too much for you, check out just doing a green smoothie fast as it might be easier and is still beneficial. You could have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner....and they don't taste bad!

Limit citrus fruits and tomatoes to one a day as it is known to aggravate psorasis in some people. Nuts have also been said to be an irritant to some, so just something to keep in mind and see how your body responds.

Also, test these out daily see if they help: Drink lots of water with lemon, and try having one glass of dandelion tea each day (I had bad skin issues in the past, and this helps tremendously for me). The dandelion tea doesn't taste good, but it does help keep your liver clean.

You also want to make sure your never constipated. Never. It will aggravate your condition. I give some examples of ways to keep your bowels open at the bottom of the juicing for skin conditions page. But a fast should get things moving for you. And if not, go to the health foods store and get psyllium husk right away. This might be your best friend! For me, this is the biggest factor in clear skin, keeping my bowels open and never getting stopped up.

Taking about 1oz of aloe vera gel every day, might really help you too!

Watercress juice has a high concentration of sulfer and chlorine which is beneficial to anyone with psoriasis. But if you make it, be sure to mix it with at least 2-3x the amount of non-green juice.

Here are some good juicing recipes for psoriasis:

psoriasis recipe 1:
5 carrots
10 spinach leaves
4 sprigs of watercress
1 apple

psoriasis recipe 2:
5 carrots
3-4 sprigs of parsley
1/4 potato
4 sprigs of watercress

Oh, and you should also look into using natural handmade soap with no synthetic fragrance oils.

If you can handle a longer fast...say two weeks or more, that would probably be the most beneficial.

Did you ever watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? Watch it for inspiration.

Hope I didn't overwhelm you with this information and good luck!

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by: Anonymous

My son has Psorasis and we came across a webpage called "" Charles has provided his recipe for juicing that cleared his psorasis. Don't have to have a juicer, just a blender. My son has been on the program since December of 2012 and we are now at February 2013....psorasis has cleaared up amazingly. The psorasis cleared on his ears within two weeks of starting the program, his scalp was next, stomach, back and now he is working on his arms and legs....very promising. Also Eric has gone Gluten Free and has switched from dairy milk to Rice Milk.....this program works....JUST SAY NO TO MEDS AND GO NATURAL.

by: Anonymous

Hi, I developed hand psoriasis in my sixties. I systematically removed nuts and tomatoes with no change. Coal tar, etc. provided no relief. I then tried juicing greens twice a day with a regular diet. I Still have bumps on my nails but plaques and figures on finger tips have disappeared. Hope this helps.

by: barrie.

Felt ill for years, doctors gave me medication for all ills: depression, high blood pressure, cholesterol, creams for psoriasis, indigestion, constipation, etc; extreme and I mean extreme fatigue and irritable to the limit.

Thats the bad- the good is that I stopped wheat gluten and dairy completley one month ago. My skin almost healed, lumps of fat in skin gone, joint pains (agony) almost gone. It's unbelievable... My thinking is much much clearer. Just really on the mend now. I'm juicing vegatables and just began eating quinoa.

Doctors (GPs) are totally without knowledge of health in food. They give you pills which make you worse. Sorry for going on but worth to tell all who read this. Brilliant... JUICE for life!

by: Dan from sonoma

My first ever article specific to juicing for psoriasis! I am gonna try my hardest and give it my all to detox. I already was inspired by "Fat sick and nearly dead". Thanks for the info!

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