Did you know that psoriasis sufferers are 1.5 - 3x more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? The exact reason why is not known (citation) - but what that says to me is that anyone dealing with psoriasis should be taking special care of their liver! There are many ways to take better care of your liver, like: eating more veggies/fruit, eating more fiber, exercising regularly, drinking alcohol sparingly if at all, avoiding/reducing toxin exposure, taking supplements like milk thistle (citation) - and one more step that I take is not using antiperspirant deodorant. Antiperspirant stops you from getting sweaty pits, which might sound nice, except there's a catch.
Repeat after me: Roasted carrots are a staple. Roasted carrots are a staple. Roasted carrots are...
In all seriousness, roasted carrots are simply the bomb. You know how long carrots last in your fridge - practically forever. Pair these hardy root veggies with any combination of seasoning - curry just happens to be one of my favorites - and toss together in the oven for a simple, delicious, and nutritious addition to your dinner.
Let me just say: these energy balls are truly absurdly delicious. I've converted everyone from disbelieving dads to picky small children to set-in-their-ways grandparents on these mouth watering balls of yumminess. Hung up on past memories of energy balls that tasted mediocre or worse? Put them to rest with this excellent, easy recipe.
Homemade veggie broth is:
Here's how you do it:
In honor of psoriasis awareness month, I wanted to share some more photos of my own psoriasis. Over the past 5 years, I've experienced periods of chronic patches lasting for years each on my elbows, forearms, ankles, feet, & inside my belly button (gah!). I've also had many periods of transient patches, that pop up most frequently on my face but also my toes, wrist, & upper arm.
If you live with plaque psoriasis, then you know it can be quite painful. As your psoriatic skin flakes off, it exposes premature raw flesh underneath that just doesn't seem ready yet for fresh air. Certain areas are worse than others, and something you otherwise wouldn't think twice about - like putting your elbows on the table (sorry, Mom!) - suddenly sends a painful reminder that your poor skin is suffering.
As someone who also has dealt with the pain of living with psoriasis, I've discovered a few simple, natural ways to topically manage these unsightly spots. While none of these suggestions will cure your psoriasis - as psoriasis is just a symptom of a larger problem anyways, and treating just your skin alone won't cure it - they will hopefully ease some of your discomfort.
Tea is everywhere - it is the second most popular beverage in the world after water, and can be found in almost 80% of US homes. Americans consumed 3.8 billion gallons of the stuff in 2017; mostly black tea. With such high numbers of tea lovers globally, the energy it requires to make a cup of tea starts to matter a great deal.
While you can find enough articles about the energy consumption of gas vs electric vs induction stoves, and all those vs electric tea kettles (with induction burners and electric tea kettles taking the lead on efficiency), one simple fact in this tea bonanza can easily be overlooked.
Are you ready for it?
eat yer veggies
Caylee Clay is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist & yoga teacher specializing in psoriasis & food sustainability. By following her own health path with a goal of naturally putting her psoriasis into remission, she is a top resource for other psoriasis sufferers. Also, she believes that healthy living & sustainability go hand-in-hand — every bite you take has the power to improve both the world and your health!