Living with lupus
Living a full life with lupus is something you can do! Sure, you have modifications that you should adhere to, but you can live a happy and healthful life.
Because lupus is an autoimmune disease (that means the body attacks itself), your diet must include foods that help to restore your body’s immune system.
Discussion still exists as to the effectiveness of food restrictions or diet additions; however, to those who have lived with lupus, they are all the proof you need.
What foods to avoid with lupus
Alfalfa seeds and sprouts should be avoided because they contain an amino acid called L-canavanine. This amino acid can aggravate the symptoms of lupus.
Animal meats, dairy, eggs, nori seaweed, and peanuts contain arachidonic acid. When used excessively, arachidonic acid can actually be destructive to the body.
Beans and mushrooms, though tasty, contain amines and hydrazines, which increase lupus symptoms.
Cured meats and hot dogs because they contain components that have been proven to trigger lupus symptoms.
Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and white potatoes, called nightshade vegetables, should be avoided because they contain solanine, an agent that triggers inflammation and pain common to lupus sufferers.
Fats. It’s suggested fat reduction can produce up to a 25% improvement in the aches and pains of a lupus patient.
Herbs like andrographis, echinacea, eleutherococcus, garlic, ginseng, and Panax should be taken with caution since they are known to increase autoimmunity.
Iron should come from food, not dietary supplements because it could promote joint destruction, pain, and swelling.
Oils like corn, poppy seed, safflower, and sunflower actually encourage lupus episodes, called “flares.”
You should replace salt with herbs. It is important to learn how to read the nutrition labels on foods you buy and also remember to stay away from excessive salt.
Summarized: what foods to avoid with lupus
If it’s easier to remember, alter your diet and menus to reflect these restrictions. You need to be sure to completely eliminate these foods from your diet:
Animal fats, cholesterol, fatty meats like beef and pork, high-fat dairy products, high-fat foods, hydrogenated oils, and low-saturated fats.
Unconfirmed findings that offer promise
There have been studies conducted that show promise, but they remain unconfirmed. Fasting has been experimented with. The results, though not confirmed, showed a reduction in joint pain, medication needs, and stiffness!
There’s another study that showed rheumatoid arthritis sufferers experienced relief when they ate a vegetarian diet. This is important because rheumatoid arthritis, like lupus, is an autoimmune disease.
A more recent study supplemented lupus sufferers with fish and polyunsaturated fatty acids to produce less inflammation.
Living with lupus
Living with lupus was not your choice; it was not your decision. How you live with lupus is your choice, and your choice only.