Can nutrition help psoriasis? Tune into the Psoriasis Podcast!

Can nutrition help psoriasis? Tune into the Psoriasis Podcast!

Last month I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Gemma Boak (scientist, psoriasis patient expert, and anti-inflammatory lifestyle blogger) for her series the Psoriasis Podcast.  Gemma_snp

Gemma and I had fantastic discussion about the influence of nutrition on psoriasis, immune health, and inflammatory skin conditions; covering everything from fasting and juice diets to bodycare products and food diaries!

You can listen to the interview over at Podbean…


And catch up with all of Gemma’s other interviews too.

If you’re dealing with psoriasis or any other inflammatory auto-immune condition you might also like;

   Eat a Rainbow – #1 Small step

A lovely list of tips to help you pack more nutrients and anti-inflammatory antioxidants into your diet

   Your FREE food, mood & movement tracker – #1 Small Step

Gemma and I discuss using a tracker to help pinpoint any food triggers for symptoms

   Food intolerance or sensitivity?

Are you one of the 45% of UK adults with a food sensitivity?

Enjoy the Psoriasis Podcast, and if you have any questions or queries feel free to email me at or join in the Facebook group.

Stay up to date on psoriasis news with Gemma via Twitter – @gemma_boak

Top Tips for Thriving Through Winter

Winter is upon us and whilst snowflakes, mistletoe and bright frosty mornings are full of seasonal beauty, the next few months can play havoc with your moods, energy levels and immune system!

These top tips will help you through till Spring…

  • Low moods & cravings: changes in light levels at this time of year mean your brain can struggle to maintain its uplifting mood hormones.  Seasonal Affective Disorder is characterised by mood swings, depression, fatigue and cravings.  Your brain is craving sugary foods because insulin (released from your pancreas in response to sugar) helps both sugar utilisation and the delivery of an amino acid called tryptophan into your brain.  Tryptophan is converted into serotonin – a crucial mood elevating hormone – and melatonin which regulates sleep.  Aim to eat regular small meals and snacks containing good quality protein such as nuts, turkey, seeds or oily fish and complex carbohydrates (oats, oatcakes, wholemeal pasta, buckwheat) to give your brain both the building blocks of mood hormones and some slow releasing sugars to gently stimulate insulin release.
  • Dry skin: central heating and freezing winds suck the life out of skin and hair in winter.  Top up with plenty of essential fats from nuts, seeds, oily fish, flax seed oil and walnut oil to help your skin retain its natural moisture.  Antioxidant rich kiwi fruits, pomegranates, cherries and berries provide vitamin C for skin healing and repair.
  • Bloating: very common after a big christmas meal!  Take a digestive enzyme supplement or use bitter herbs to stimulate and support your digestive system.
  • Zero energy: dark cold days leave you feeling drained and exhausted.  Whenever possible get out in the natural sunlight for a brisk walk as exercise oxygenates every cell and stimulates serotonin release which lifts your mood.  Stay hydrated with warm water, fresh fruit juices and herb teas as dehydration causes fatigue.
  • Colds & flu: not what you want during your Christmas holiday!  Take a probiotic supplement and extra vitamin D to keep your immune cells working efficiently and  at the first sign of a cold, use a specific immune booster such as echinacea drops, black elderberry extract, manuka honey or propolis.