Psoriatic Arthritis and Gluten
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, up to 25% of people who have psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis are sensitive to gluten. Gluten increases inflammation in their skin, joints, gut, and more.
Personally, I never gave gluten any consideration when thinking of ways to combat inflammation. That is until six months ago when my doctors and I were trying to figure out some unrelated bowel issues and discovered that gluten is not my friend.
What is a gluten free diet?
I began by strictly following a Low FODMAP Diet. In addition to the list of approved foods provided by my doctor, I also googled FODMAP diets for a larger look at what I should or shouldn’t eat.
After five weeks I began to reintroduce certain foods back into my daily diet. While most of the foods didn’t necessarily present an issue when reintroduced, I had lost the desire to eat many of them. Too bad my desire for bread wasn’t one of those!!
Finding relief by being gluten-free
But it wasn’t just my belly in which a difference was noted. The joints in my hands, knees, and feet are considerably less swollen when I remain gluten-free.
Are you sensitive to gluten?
Following a gluten-free diet or greatly reducing the amount of gluten I eat has made a difference. In fact, it has made enough of a difference that I make an effort to avoid gluten as much as possible. I still occasionally allow myself foods with gluten, but never for multiple days in a row.
I have also become very picky about which foods I permit. If I am going to have a piece of cake, it better be a darn good piece of cake! Are you sensitive to gluten? Do you follow a gluten-free diet? If so, what is one of your favorite gluten-free foods? One of my favorites is Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies Cereal.
Do you have a sleep disorder (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your PsA?