Several people have emailed me asking for a recipe to combat psoriasis. For those unfamiliar with psoriasis, it’s a common skin condition characterized by skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. It’s also considered a chronic inflammatory skin disease.
While researching this condition I uncovered many possible solutions to alleviating psoriasis. The one thing that can be addressed via smoothies is inflammation, which is precisely what this smoothie is designed for.
I’ve covered reducing inflammation with smoothies in another article (click here to read) and won’t rehash everything here. Suffice it to say the recipe below is the best anti-inflammatory smoothie I could create based on my current knowledge. For another popular anti-inflammatory recipe, see my Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie.
Before we get to the recipe I want to present my findings on alleviating psoriasis. This is something I don’t have personal experience with, but have been affected by a similar skin condition, eczema. If I had psoriasis here’s how I would address it. Some of these things I do anyways as part of living a healthy lifestyle.
- Sunlight: Many people have found relief from psoriasis from the sun’s rays. Perhaps the most critical reason for getting sun exposure is to maximize your Vitamin D levels. It seems more and more studies are showing just how important Vitamin D is to your overall health. You want to be mindful and not overdo it to the point of burning your skin. If you use sun screen, find an organic one that’s not loaded with chemicals.
- Water: This is perhaps the easiest thing you can do – drink water. Staying hydrated will help prevent your skin from getting too dry, which you want to avoid when you have psoriasis.
- Stress: Reducing stress has been shown to keep psoriasis flare ups under control. There are many stress reducing options including meditation, massage, and yoga.
- Nutritional Supplements: The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been shown to benefit people with psoriasis by reducing overall inflammation. Other supplements people have found relief from include vitamin D (via sunlight is preferred), vitamin B12, selenium, milk thistle, and evening primrose oil. Consult a medical professional before taking a supplement.
- Diet: Consuming a healthy diet is important. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, good fats, clean protein and little or no processed foods. Incorporate cold water fish rich in omega-3 such as salmon, herring, tuna, and mackerel into your diet. Going gluten-free is an option – some have found it triggers their psoriasis.
- Weight: There’s a link between being overweight and psoriasis. For weight loss smoothies and my take on an overall weight loss plan, see my Smoothie Weight Loss Guide.
- Topical Care: These natural remedies can provide relief when applied topically: aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, dead sea salt or Epsom salt baths, oats via paste or bath, colostrum, and tea tree oil. Again, consult a medical professional before using any of these as some might not play nice with prescribed medications.
The amount of things you can do to tackle psoriasis may seem overwhelming. Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick the one or two things that call to you and start there.
The key anti-inflammatory ingredient in this smoothie is turmeric, which can be used in other smoothies and dishes. Use it liberally. Enjoy!
Psoriasis Suppressing Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup green tea, brought to room temp or chilled
- 1/3 medium avocado
- 1 kiwi, skin removed
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or chia seed gel
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon honey to sweeten (substitute maple syrup or stevia)
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon colostrum
Place all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.
- Calories: 275
- Fat: 13g
- Protein: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 42g
- Fiber: 12g
- Sugar: 22g
- Vitamin A: 60% RDA
- Vitamin C: 144% RDA
- Vitamin K: 317% RDA
- Calcium: 12% RDA
- Iron: 22% RDA
I would love to know if you try this psoriasis suppressing smoothie or your experience with psoriasis. How have you found relief? Please leave a comment below. Happy Blending!