In this guide to holistically handling psoriasis and arthritis, the author provides keys to healing and wellness through nutrition.
Fett (It Starts with the Egg, 2016, etc.) has more to offer than sound research and tested principles touting the curative power of food. From the beginning of the book, she shares her own personal journey of managing psoriasis and arthritis from age 18. As a determined student who became a busy attorney at a fast-paced law firm, Fett realized by 30 that psoriasis and arthritis were not temporary conditions but lifelong battles that she would have to find alternative approaches to to win. In this conversational title, she explores the science behind these conditions and their connection to gut health—the key she learned that would turn her suffering around and give her control of the maladies. The book explains in simple, well-articulated terms how deterioration of the intestinal barriers creates inflammation and pain and how the gut is the body’s center for immunity cells and microbes. Quite simply, eating a diet that targets these issues and heals rather than disturbs the gut can make the difference between lifelong pain and strong recovery. Fett covers the Mediterranean diet in detail, teaching the reader about the dangers of a “Westernized” regimen lacking fiber and the importance of polyphenols in fruits and vegetables. She even offers recipes at the end of the book. The author thoroughly explains the impact that probiotic supplements and dietary changes can have on an individual suffering from psoriasis and arthritis. With an in-depth discussion of fats like olive oil, fish oil, and coconut oil, the author surveys the studies available and promotes small amounts of animal protein in lieu of saturated fats, which may increase endotoxin levels in the blood. Further, Fett examines the problematic nature of grains and legumes and prescribes a balanced Mediterranean diet with plenty of statistics to back her position. For readers who want to learn more about the way diet can change their quality of life, this manual is easy-to-understand, full of relevant data, and well-organized.
A helpful and well-researched plan for improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and avoiding disease triggers.