The majority of your immune system resides in your gut. People with psoriasis have different gut bacteria, which adversely affect the immune system and raise inflammation. Modifying the gut bacteria can help to alleviate psoriasis as well as other autoimmune conditions.

Psoriasis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, but many people do not realise the immune system is responsible. It occurs when the immune system of a person attacks their own skin. Symptoms include red scaly patches, itching and flaking of the skin. The body parts most commonly affected are the scalp, elbows and knees, but psoriasis can occur on any part of the skin.

People with psoriasis have a higher number of bad gut bugs, which secrete inflammatory chemicals into the bloodstream. The gut bugs also inflame the gut lining, creating a leaky gut. This allows a greater quantity of waste products, bacterial toxins and the bacteria themselves to enter the bloodstream. This is known as bacterial translocation. It creates an inflammatory cascade, which can cause psoriasis in individuals who are genetically predisposed to develop it. People with psoriasis also have reduced bacterial diversity in their gut. This means there is less competition, and harmful gut bugs can proliferate.

Eating lots of fiber-rich foods, antioxidants, fermented foods and drinking bone broth helps promote an increase in healthy gut bugs. Sometimes though, an antibiotic or herbal antimicrobial is required to kill off bad gut bugs. The oregano, clove, thyme and berberine in BactoClear capsules all have disinfectant actions in the gut. These capsules are very helpful for anyone with gut problems or autoimmune disease. For more information see our book Healing Autoimmune Disease: A plan to help your immune system and reduce inflammation.