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Reversing Psoriasis with Green Smoothies (and Rosacea)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Please watch this video if you have Psoriasis:

Why this blog? I don’t have psoriasis but I do have rosacea. They are both immune skin disorders, can both be painful, and both are unsightly and can make one self conscious. I have had many Spark Buddies write me and ask me about psoriasis as to what to eat or not eat.

I have rosacea and I have noticed that my rosacea is always minimal if I am drinking at least one Green Smoothie a day. In my smoothies I sometimes use garlic or cayenne pepper to make them savory. The use of either of these two spices is a no-no when one has rosacea. Following a Raw Diet allows me to eat my beloved garlic and cayenne with no repercussions.

An eating plan that is good for rosacea is a diet that emphasizes anti-inflammatory foods that work to reduce vascular flushing. Anti-inflammatory foods are generally plant-based, mineral dense, and minimally processed. Fruits and vegetables, especially dark and leafy greens, help to reduce inflammation.

Rosacea occurs primarily on the face. It causes easy and severe blushing or flushing, hotness, redness, bumps and swelling. Tiny blood vessels, pimples, pustules crop up within the areas of redness, but no blackheads. Over time, the blood vessels become enlarged.

Psoriasis is when areas of the skin become covered by thick, red patches topped by a silvery-white scale. It can occur anywhere on the skin, but usually affects the elbows, knees and scalp. These areas can be itchy and tender. The scalp often becomes very scaly, resembling dandruff. Nails may become pitted, ridged and loose.

Fruits that are good for Psoriasis are: apples (baked) apricots, most berries, cherries, dates, common fig, grapes, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peaches, pineapples, prunes (small), raisins, and kiwi.

In small quantities: Avocados, cranberry, currants, plums and prunes (large).

Fresh apples, bananas and melons are also permitted, but they should be separated from another food and consumed not too often.

Vegetables: fresh, frozen, steamed, rarely - canned

Recommended vegetables are: asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, onions, olives, parsnip, pumpkins, spinach, sprouts, kidney beans, summer squashes, sweet potatoes, Chinese yam, watercress.

In small quantities: corn, dry beans, peas, lentil, rhubarb, mushrooms.

Papaya is very good for psoriasis and here are a few Papaya Smoothies I like:

Tropical Hawaiian Smoothie

1 cup(s) chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup(s) chopped peeled papaya
1/4 cup(s) guava nectar
1 tablespoon(s) lime juice
1/2 cup(s) ice

Place ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Pulse three times to chop the fruit, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Guava nectar is available in most markets, with the juices or in the Latin American section.

Cucumber-Papaya Smoothie Recipe

1 medium cucumber, with peel
½ large ripe papaya, peeled and deseeded
1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
2 to 4 ounces of filtered water
A few ice cubes to chill

Add all the ingredients to your blender, blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Ginger-Apple-Papaya Smoothie Recipe

1 to 1 ½ inches of fresh ginger root, grated
1 large organic red delicious apple, cored
1 medium organic cucumber, with peel
½ ripe papaya, peeled
1/4 large avocado, peeled and pitted
2 cups organic dandelion greens, chopped (or greens of your choice)
1 scoop hemp or rice protein powder
1/2 teaspoon of raw maca power
4 to 6 ounces filtered water

Add all the ingredients except for the dandelion greens to your blender and hit the “pulse” button a few times. Next, add the dandelion greens and blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Papaya-Orange Smoothie

2 and 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and deseeded
1 orange, peeled
1 pear, cored
1 celery stalk (optional)
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 – 1 cup water


Papaya-Apple Smoothie

2 and 1/2 cups papaya, peeled and deseeded
1 apple, cored
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 whole carrot (optional), chopped
1/2 – 1 cup water

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thank you. I have psoriasis. This is very useful;-)
    1447 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    My daughter has a particular type of psoriasis on her scalp. I'm going to copy this info and send it to her. Thanks Yvonne!
    2379 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    This is awesome, I am looking at a detox/ cleanse when we get settled and going back into vegetarian/vegan and raw vegan...after a summer of many bad choices. THANKS!
    2379 days ago
    Thank you, very helpful. :)
    2380 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    good to know....
    thanks for sharing...
    blessings aND hugs............lita
    2380 days ago
  • LGAR519
    I don't have any of the skin conditions. Thank goodness. But I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from this blog. I enjoyed seeing the smoothie receipes. Am using spinach now but also bought collard greens yesterday to try.
    2380 days ago
    Thank you, I needed to see this because the same applies to eczema, which has flared up on me this past week, something terrible. Have a great day!!
    2380 days ago
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