June 27, 2019
Lupus can be a debilitating and frustrating disease. Increasing numbers of sufferers who have found only partial or no symptom relief through conventional medicine, are exploring the option of natural treatments to better manage their symptoms.
These include the following:
Anecdotal evidence suggests that following an anti-inflammatory, detoxification diet, may be beneficial. While weight loss is not the purpose of the diet, this may be a secondary result. The main purpose is to provide optimal nutrition, minimize inflammation, and promote stable energy levels to support health. This includes the elimination of certain foods that can reportedly trigger lupus flare ups, and the inclusion of foods with anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods to Avoid
- Saturated fats should be minimized, as they can raise cholesterol levels and lead to inflammation. These foods include commercially processed baked goods and meat products, high fat dairy products (butter, cheese, whole milk etc.), and animal fat.
- Avoid gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye); eliminate legumes and grains, (which contain lectins – natural pesticides for crops). All of these foods are difficult to digest and can lead to inflammation which can damage your gut lining and make lupus symptoms worse.
- Avoid fruits and refined sugar, including all products that contain it, to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Foods to Eat
- Quality protein such as lean grass-fed meats (such as chicken or lamb) and organic free range eggs.
- Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, including wild caught oily fish (such as salmon and sardines) and flaxseed, which can improve kidney function in lupus patients, who are more susceptible to kidney and renal failure. Omega 3 may also be taken as a supplement in capsule or liquid form, such as fish oil.
- Eat plenty of fresh, non-starchy vegetables, such as cabbage, celery, spinach, chard, etc.
- Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin that can help reduce inflammation. Take it as 1 teaspoon in a cup of warm milk (sweetened with honey if required).
- Ginger is a potent remedy that can help reduce pain and swelling in joints because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Coconut oil has myriad health benefits, and helps balance the adverse response of your immune system on your body.
- An Epsom salt bath will aid magnesium absorption, the removal of toxins, and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Exercise and Stress Reduction
Gentle, regular exercise, such as walking, pilates or tai-chi will reduce stress and muscle tension, as well as build strength, flexibility and stability. It will also help clear toxins from the body.