Psoriasis Trials & Errors
Over the years I have noticed what works for me when it comes to treating my psoriasis. I realized that I experienced a series of trials and errors with respect to treatment. Primarily, I noticed that I needed to tackle the issue "what goes out" and "what goes in" to my body.
Let me first explain what I mean by "what goes out." That is a series of what I need to do to treat and manage my psoriasis on the outside; for instance, caring for my scalp and skin with oils, sun, shampoos, topicals, and lotions. When it comes to moisturizing I feel that I respond best to products in their purest or most natural states; items like shea butter, tea tree oils, coconut oils, and soft water. I also respond well to some prescription topical treatments. The list goes on but, again, it took a bit of trial and error to arrive at this point. I even think about what I wear, not so much because of the appearance of my psoriasis, but the potential adverse effects that facing the elements may have on my disease. Trust me, if you live in a cold weather climate, you definitely don't want to leave your plaque psoriasis open to the winds! Just don't do it! Anyway, I digress.
So, when I think about the term "what goes in," it's two-fold. First, it is obviously the things I ingest physically but also the things I ingest mentally. As a professional football player and an entrepreneur, there is a constant ebb and flow of daily occurrences, which can activate different stressors. It can be rather difficult to pick and choose what to internalize and what not to ignore. I have frequently employed various routines to manage my stress. Not to speak negatively of different practices but I'm not a big fan of yoga; however, I have heard on numerous occasions that it is very useful in relieving stress. I personally like to cook and listen to music to relieve stress. I just let the musical melodies take me wherever they please. I have found that when I escape my current stress my mental health is in a peak state; I also tend to experience fewer and less frequent psoriatic flare-ups.
When it comes to food, I try to stick to foods that have anti-inflammatory properties as well as nutrients that work well with my digestive system. While playing football for over 20 years, inflammation in every sense is almost inevitable; that is one of the reasons why I am such a huge fan of Omega-6, Omega-3, Glucosamine, Biotin and Chondroitin. Remember, trial-and-error!
Funny story, I remember one time I went to get some food from this fast-food restaurant (one that shall remain nameless) and I chose to get something quick mainly because it was a very "hustle & bustle" kind of day. As I ate this grease filled, by-product enriched, nutrient-lacking mystery food, me and my stomach were not on good terms — if you know what I mean. So, as the day continued my plaque psoriasis made me want to scratch like a mangy flea-bitten junk yard dog! So, the moral of that story is listen to your gut; no pun intended!
In essence, I realize my psoriasis journey has made me more aware of myself and has helped me to put in more of the good rather than the bad. I encourage you to pay close attention to your body and really find a healthy routine that works for you on all levels.
Any suggestions made are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your treatment, exercise or diet routine.