Psoriasis is characterized by scaly thickening of the Epidermis layer of the skin most often on the elbows, knees, legs, scalp and fingers. The underlying cause of this condition is rapid, uncontrolled cell growth, up to five times the normal rate. As a type of autoimmune disorder, psoriasis does not only affect the skin. Changes to the intestinal walls may be involved, causing reduced ability to absorb nutrients. This could make symptoms worse when nutrients needed for skin health become deficient.
- Stress, anxiety, and fatigue — release hormones that lead to inflammatory responses in the skin
- Smoking or exposure to passive smoke
- Gluten sensitivity — about 15% of sufferers respond to a gluten-free diet
- Sluggish digestion — including low hydrochloric acid, intestinal permeability, and low digestive enzymes
- Medications including Aspirin, Iodine, Nystatin, Indomethacin, Lithium, Cortisone and Beta-blockers.
- High copper in the diet or accumulated in body tissues
- Lowered kidney function — resulting in reduced clearance of toxins
- Sluggish liver function
- Genetic predisposition