Psoriasis and inflammation – how are they related and why is this link so important?
To understand why the link between Psoriasis and inflammation is so important, we need to understand what Psoriasis and inflammation are.
To keep it simple, Psoriasis is a disorder of the immune system1. The white blood cells of the body (known as T cells) mistakenly attack the skin cells, causing a massive increase in skin cell production2. This ultimately results in the plaques of skin commonly associated with Psoriasis2.
Inflammation, or the inflammatory response is an important cog of the immune system. The inflammatory response occurs as a result of an injury or insult to the body, inducing an increase in white blood cell count3. The increase in white blood cell count is critical to ensure proper wound healing and to help combat infections3.
In Psoriasis, the body is in a constant state of inflammation as the white blood cells mistakenly attack the skin cells. Thus, psoriasis can be classified as a systemic, chronic inflammatory disease.
Risk Factors of Psoriasis & Chronic Inflammation
For a number of years, Psoriasis sufferers have been at greater risk of developing certain chronic conditions, which are not explained by traditional risk factors for these conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Increased risk of heart attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Crohn’s Disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
And what about chronic inflammation? Chronic inflammation pre-disposes you to these exact same conditions. That’s why the link between Psoriasis and chronic inflammation is so important. The two are intertwined and play on each other, not only exacerbating your psoriatic symptoms, but also pre-disposing you to further chronic conditions.
How can ANH products help?
Abundant Natural Health’s new product “Element” is a wellness tonic based off the composition of Deep Ocean Water. Research has shown some amazing benefits associated with the consumption of Deep Ocean Water, including having an anti-inflammatory component. Element is perfect to help combat the inflammation on the inside that is caused by your Psoriasis!