Can Intermittent Fasting Help Reduce Psoriasis?

There’s no known cure for the autoimmune disease called psoriasis, but there are potential lifestyle changes that may help reduce its severity. Diet may be one of those factors, with a new study from Ghent University detailing a modified intermittent fasting diet that reduced psoriasis severity after a few weeks.

Intermittent fasting is an easier form of fasting that requires abstaining from food for a specific, typically short duration while limiting food intake to the non-fasting days. There are various intermittent fasting protocols, some that, for example, involve eating only once a day or only within a six-hour window.

According to the new study, adhering to a 5:2 intermittent fasting protocol in which one eats only five days a week may reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms. The protocol involved not eating for two non-consecutive days per week, then eating one’s usual diet the other five days.

Excerpted from Slash Gear

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