The holiday season and a hectic schedule prevented me from sharing my latest psoriasis tid-bit, but I’m back with something super exciting!
The last two weeks, my scalp was super flaky. I blame it on toxins built up from stuffing, gravy, cakes, and all the other goodness that comes from holiday gatherings. Fortunately, my scalp wasn’t very red or inflamed, but the flakes are a pain all on their own. I had my hair washed at the salon Friday, and after it was washed and dried, the flakes just kept falling. (Sooooo embarrassing.)
However, a few days prior to my appointment, I started doing something different. I started drinking green tea (at least 3 cups a day), just to increase my water intake/hydration level. (I’ve gotten exceptionally bored with just drinking water.)
Well, it has been 4 days since I washed my hair and NO FLAKES or itchiness!!! Three cups a day seems to keep the flakes at bay. Now, of course, like most people with psoriasis, I’ve learned not to get too excited too quickly. But it’s extremely promising nonetheless!
I looked it up, and according to Dr. Weil, green tea has the ability to:
Lower cholesterol levels and rates of heart disease
Help protect against bacterial infections
Promote joint health and stronger bones
Enhance the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs”
I have been drinking any type of green tea I can get my hands on, but most experts recommend decaffeinated green tea. According to experts, like Dr. Jessica Black, author of The Anti-inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, caffeinated beverages are “taxing to the liver due to their toxin load and are taxing to the adrenal glands because of caffeine’s effect on cortisol levels.” The adrenal glands are responsible for our energy levels, producing sex hormones, managing blood pressure, sugar levels, and how our body responds to stress. (Natural) energy, stress, tolerating sweets, and of course ___ all seem like great reasons to avoid the caffeine to me, but I can also relate to how it seems like such a great way to kick start your day.
Though caffeinated, my personal favorite at the moment is Lipton Green Tea Superfruit in White Mangosteen Peach. I don’t drink sweetened drinks, but the peach totally gives you an illusion of sweetness!
I hope this helps you, and I’ll keep you updated on how well it works for me.