Do you have psoriasis; this irritating and recurrent skin condition? If you have, then you must know how this condition can be difficult to treat. I have psoriasis so I understand how you feel. I’m always on the lookout for the best natural treatment options for psoriasis (read my post What Works Best for Psoriasis). Recently, green smoothies and juices have been in the health limelight and for good reason. Green smoothies have a lot of health benefits to offer including treatment of psoriasis.
Herein is a comprehensive account on these benefits as well as a delicious green smoothie recipe you should try!
Why green smoothies are beneficial for psoriasis
They contain antioxidants
It is well known that leafy vegetables and fruits contain high amounts of natural antioxidants. This is a result of the high phytonutrient content in vegetables.
Taking green smoothies and juices leads to the reduction of free radicals in your skin. These free radicals cause inflammation and also cause significant damage to your skin cells. Antioxidants eliminate these toxins thus improving the metabolism of your skin.
Effect on immunity
A considerable percentage of the people who suffer from psoriasis tend to have a weak immune system. Leafy green vegetables are the main constituents of green smoothies.
According to Globalhealingcenter.com, in addition to providing vital nutrients and fiber, green vegetables play a significant role in improving your body’s immune system.
Therefore, incorporating these smoothies into your diet may go a long way in alleviating your psoriasis.
Several studies on skin conditions have indicated that increasing the PH of your body helps alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. Your body needs to be slightly alkaline to operate at optimum levels.
Acidic toxins as a result of poor diet are normally expelled by your kidneys. When their levels rise, they build up within your skin thus exacerbating psoriasis and other skin ailments.
Green smoothies happen to be strong alkalizing foods due to their mineral content. Once you increase you increase your intake of alkalizing foods, the acidity in your skin gradually reduces. Your skin will then repair itself and the effects of psoriasis will be diminished and consequently eliminated.
Green smoothies have high chlorophyll content. According to Organicfacts.net, chlorophyll offers a variety of health benefits for humans including but not limited to elimination of toxins and free radicals, hormonal balance, encouraging healthy skin, anti-microbial properties, body PH balance and boosting immunity.
As you can see, all these benefits are vital in the treatment of psoriasis.
Smoothies vs juices
I know some of you may be confused on what exactly is the difference between smoothies and juices. Well, the key difference lies in the method of preparation.
Smoothies are made by blending the ingredients. This includes all components of the ingredients and nothing is removed or separated. Juicing on the other hand involves the separation of the juice from the pulp.
The confusion arises mainly because the manufacturers of blenders and juicers often use different names. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
The main benefit of smoothies is the inclusion of the pulp which is high in fiber. Dietary fiber has many benefits including elimination of toxins, fostering weight loss through satiety, improving digestive health and facilitating nutrient absorption.
Also, blenders cost considerably less than juicers. The only notable problem with smoothies ironically is they are not smooth to the taste when compared to juices due to particles.
Juices are easier to absorb since there is no digestion required. Therefore, the nutrients are infused relatively faster. They are also more pleasant to drink than smoothies.
However, their big disadvantage is the elimination of the pulp which is a much needed source of fiber. Juicing also leads to significant wastage and the machines are more costly.
Easy green smoothie recipe for psoriasis
Here is a great green smoothie I recommend especially if you have psoriasis:
You can also watch the video below to make a delicious green smoothie recipe with spinach, celery, salad, apple, pear and banana:
Green smoothies and juices have many other health benefits to offer besides helping with your psoriasis. Feel free to try out with various fruits, vegetables and other super foods.
If you have psoriasis, there are a lot of other tips I’ve shared on Optiderma.com. Check this page and learn how to manage psoriasis naturally.
If you know of other recipes that are recommendable for psoriasis, feel free to share with us in the comments section!