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A Lupus Diet That Can Ease Your Symptoms

A Lupus Diet That Can Ease Your Symptoms and Improve Your Health

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin, tissues, joints and organs. When you have lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between harmful bacteria and your body’s own healthy cells, so it attacks the healthy cells. Lupus symptoms may include swollen joints, chest pain, fever, chronic pain, “butterfly” rashes and weak bones.

A lupus diet, when used with medications, can improve your symptoms and quality of life. As a rule, you should aim for a well-balanced diet, complete with lots of fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy and protein. Here are just a few of the foods you can include in your diet:

  • Fatty Fish, Nuts and Seeds: Lupus is an inflammatory disease, so it’s important to consume foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Protein aids in the healing process, while Omega-3 decreases inflammation in the body.
  • Fresh Fruits: Fruits that are rich in antioxidants can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off the harmful bacteria intent on destroying your healthy cells.
  • Low-Fat or Fat-Free Dairy: The most common lupus treatment is steroids and while this medication eases many lupus symptoms, it can also weaken your bones and increase your risk of fractures. The best way to combat this side effect is to add low-fat or fat-free dairy to your diet.

There are also some foods to avoid with lupus. Some foods are known for causing “lupus flares,” (i.e. fatigue, muscle pain, joint stiffness, chest pain, inflammation, abnormal test results, etc.) and should be removed from your lupus diet. These foods include:

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Saturated and trans fats
  • Nightshade veggies like potatoes and tomatoes
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Large quantities of sugar and salt

Adopting a diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory foods could make a world of difference in your life. Also, remember to consult with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program. 

To access the full article on foods that can help ease lupus symptoms, click here.  

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