SC asks: Are there natural remedies for psoriasis?

SC asks: What are the best natural remedies for reducing the irritation of plaque psoriasis caused by Candida overgrowth?

Answer: I cannot tell you the underlying cause of your psoriasis, or if there is one; however, autoimmune conditions are frequently connected to diet and Vitamin D status. You may wish to work with a healthcare provider familiar with common causes of psoriasis. In many cases an elimination diet helps find the culprit. I have patients with autoimmune related skin disorders who tell me their problems improve or clear when they eliminate certain foods, such as gluten and milk dairy. Vitamin D acts as a immune system modifier and your Vitamin D level should be included in your work-up. Candida thrives on dietary sugars and starches. A low carbohydrate, high fat (LCHF) diet can help rid you of Candida, as can some probiotics. I favor large spectrum probiotics containing Saccharomyces boulardii, a probiotic yeast, as it may compete with Candida. Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra is one such formulation, and there are others. Be sure to check with your doctor before making any diet or supplement changes.