Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which the cells that produce skin pigment are attacked and destroyed, resulting in irregular white patches of skin. Many people who experience Vitiligo wonder what they can do about it, and whether their dietary and lifestyle choices can prevent a recurrence or worsening of the condition. So, what is the best diet for vitiligo patients?
What is the best diet for Vitiligo patients?
While there’s no officially prescribed “vitiligo diet,” the best nutritional steps that you can take include eating a healthy diet full of good nutrients and drinking lots of water. As with any autoimmune disorder, you may benefit from immune system-boosting foods that contain phytochemicals, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.
The trick is to make sure your body is working as optimally as possible. This means cutting down on that extra piece of chocolate cake or walking to the local shops instead of taking the car. This means eliminating smoking and cutting down on alcohol!
Healthy eating is the perfect way to start. It will also help to lessen your preoccupation with your Vitiligo. Don’t think about strict limitations and deprivations. Don’t think about complicated diets and nutrition. Don’t cut out the foods you love altogether – adjust portion sizes. Cut down on processed items and stick to tasty, varied, natural and nutritious food. Not only will your body respond, you will have more energy and your mood will be boosted.
You may even lose some extra kilos!
Get into an eating pattern that is sustainable. Your body will soon stop craving that large bag of crisps and will be happy with a smaller bag. As you get used to this new way of eating, you will find that you can cut out even more of the foodstuffs that are not beneficial to your health.
Remember that everyone is different, so remember that whatever you introduce into your diet could have a ‘good’ or a ‘not-so-good’ effect on you. Remember, you are dealing with your auto immune issue. You may consider introducing more immune-system-boosting foods which are crammed full of antioxidants, beta-carotene and phytochemicals. Aim for a balance of protein, good fats, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, and minerals in your diet.
Protein is required to build, maintain and repair tissues, cells and organs throughout the body. Protein gets broken down into the 20 amino acids, generally called the body’s ‘basic building blocks’ for growth and energy. One of the amino acids, tryptophan, influences your mood by producing serotonin. This can reduce depression and improve cognitive function. Eating high-quality protein helps maintain healthy skin, nails and hair.
Good, healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) protect your brain and heart. Healthy fat in your diet helps to improve your mood, absorb vitamins and even keep your waistline in shape. When in doubt, swap animal fats for vegetable oils!
Carbohydrates (carbs) are one of the main sources of energy in your body. Choose complex, unrefined carbs (vegetables, whole grains, fruit) rather than sugars and refined carbs.
Foods that are high in dietary fibre (grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts and beans) can improve your skin, help you stay regular and lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
If necessary, supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals that will give your skin a boost.
Water makes up about 60% of the body weight in men and 55% of weight in women.
To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water. Skin becomes more vulnerable to disorders if your body is dehydrated. Dehydration also affects brain structure and can adversely affect neurotransmitters and hormones. Joint cartilage should contain about 80% water, and dehydration can affect the joint’s shock-absorbing ability. Not drinking enough water can affect the bowel, causing constipation and digestive issues.
At Vitiligo Treatment, besides our specially formulated products to treat Vitiligo, we offer Support, Consultations, and Vitiligo Assessments.
Your free Vitiligo Assessment, which can be found on our website, is assessed by one of our trained consultants. They will evaluate your condition, and help you choose the correct product or products for your treatment going forward.
Remember that at Vitiligo Treatment we do not sell a one product fixes all product, but we do have a range of products required to successfully treat the many different Vitiligo Conditions that do exist.
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