Think fresh and clean nourishment when making decisions on what to eat. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and fish should be your target for a more vigorous lifestyle. A poor diet can be the root to the body experiencing complications while living with Lupus. Making changes to your diet can and will be very beneficial to your health. Making healthier decisions will improve your over all Lupus flare ups and symptoms.
Knowledge of what is GOOD and BAD will get you on the right track. The bad, which you should steer clear of and should almost never consume would be fatty and fast foods, caffeine, salt, alcohol, soy products and avoid alfalfa. These harmful delights will increase your chances of Heart disease, Stroke and Diabetes. Reasearch has shown that too much protein can result in Kidney Damage. Coffee, Tea and Sodas can diminish the amount of iron in the body by half. Iron in the body is very important because it helps to ward off Anemia. Be very mindful of your salt in take and always read the nutrition facts. An occasional drink will not cause much damage, however if you drink often while taking medications you are placing yourself at risk of Liver damage, Stomach bleeding and Ulcers. Soy has it benefits but for someone living with Lupus, one should be cautious of soy products. Soy has a tremendous amount of Phytoestrogen. It is not proven that soy is in direct connection to causing Lupus flare ups and worsen symptoms. Alfalfa is a sprout which contains amino acids called L-canavanine however these L-canavanine will cause your immune system to over react. Fried and fast food are very high in fat however baked and grilled are a much better choice.
The Bad (Harmful)
- Fried foods
- Fast foods
If the majortiy of your diet is made up of fruits and vegetables, your body will receive the appropriate vitamins and minerals along with fiber which helps the body function properly. The good will almost guarantee a better life style while living with Lupus. Fruits and vegetables are natural menders due to containing antioxidants. If your using a corticosteroid to control your Lupus, you may be aware that you are at a higher risk for developing bone fractures and Osteoporosis- A bone weakening disease. Vitamin D and calcium have been a great help in slowing down the procress of Osteoporosis in Lupus patients. Steroids causes a boost in your appetite which also increases your weight gain. If this is your case you should spend time enjoying low-fat yogurts, cheeses and milks, if you are not lactose intolerance that is. Try munching on berries and baking your sweet potatoes, you will see you will most likely have very minimal flare ups and Lupus complications. As you already know drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily will cleanse your Kidneys and nourish your skin. Vitamins should be a part of your daily medication routine. Multi-vitamins are valuable to your health however you should focus on vitamins A,B,C,D, E and zinc. The good will almost guarantee a better life style while living with Lupus. Vitamin D is of great assistance for Lupus patients. Keeping a food journal will help you keep track of which foods are best for you and your illness.
- Whole Grains
- Low-Fat Protein
- Vitamin D