It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of Lupus.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal healthy tissue. This chronic disease can damage any part of the body…skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body. These symptoms tend to last a long time, even many years.
Autoimmune means that the immune system can’t tell the difference between foreign invaders that it is supposed to be fighting off, such as viruses and bacteria, and your body’s tissue. Your immune system then creates auto-antibodies that attack and destroy your healthy tissue cells. This causes inflammation, pain, and damage in your body.
Lupus can range from mild to life threatening. You can be more likely to get an autoimmune disease if you have a genetic predisposition to it; if other people in your family have these types of diseases, you may be more likely to get an autoimmune disease.
How is Lupus Treated?
Medical treatments for Lupus vary, depending upon your symptoms. These treatments also vary over time as symptoms flare up or change. Common lupus control drugs include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.)
- Antimalarial drugs
- Corticosteroids (Prednisone)
Home Remedies for Lupus
If you have Lupus, you can try a number of steps to prevent flare ups and lead a normal, healthy life.
- Get a good night’s sleep—many Lupus sufferers suffer from fatigue. Make sure to stick to a regular sleep schedule.
- Exercise—regular exercise can help prevent flares and help you recover from flares. It may be hard to keep up an exercise routine, especially with the fatigue, but you will find it increases your energy overall.
- Don’t smoke—this habit will worsen he effects of lupus on your heart and blood vessels
- Eat a Healthy Diet—this is very important and is discussed in more detail in the following section.
Eat a Healthy Diet to Stop Lupus Symptoms
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
There are many anecdotal stories of people who have halted their autoimmune diseases through changing their diets. The popular “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” documentary is a classic example. Our modern diets are so lacking in nutrition and packed with processed, chemical laden ingredients that it is not surprising to see the side effects showing up as allergies, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and many other health problems. Many doctors are in agreement that poor diets and lifestyle choices rather than genetic factors are causing the rising prevalence of autoimmune disorders.
Important Healthy Eating Tips for Lupus:
- Avoid Sugary Foods
- Avoid Processed Foods
- Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
- Try to eat foods that contain more of the following important vitamins and minerals: zinc, B-12, Vitamin D, and Magnesium.
Additional Holistic Remedies for Lupus
- Avoid Stress—stress can be a trigger for an autoimmune disease and/or flare-ups. Learn to relax; you might try yoga or mediation.
- Take some supplements—while there is no “magic pill” that will cure you, some supplements have helped others with their Lupus symptoms. Here are a few that have positive reviews from Lupus sufferers:
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