Lupus And Nutrition

With or without Lupus, nutrition is important to living a long life. However, patients with Lupus have an even greater stake in maintaining a good diet. Good nutrition is necessary to allowing the body to function at its best, and it can also help the body maintain proper balance.

Often when a patient is diagnosed with Lupus they report weight loss or poor appetite in the year prior to being diagnosed. Sometimes the loss of appetite is due to medications or mouth sores. On the other hand, weight gain is often a problem for patients taking corticosteroids. Both situations require that patients keep a close watch on what they eat.

Diet also impacts the way medications are processed by the body, and certain foods can exacerbate certain symptoms like stomach irritation. Foods can also help in preventing certain side effects like osteoporosis, and decrease others like steroid induced diabetes.

Two of the major disease categories that affect Lupus patients can use dietary prevention. Kidney disease is prevalent in lupus patients, so a physician may determine that a low-salt, low-potassium, or low-protein diet is warranted. With cardiovascular disease, a low-sodium, low-fat, or low-cholesterol diet can promote heart health.

Beneficial Foods

Food can have a beneficial impact on Lupus patients. Some foods may help in decreasing inflammation, while others also promote heart and circulatory health. Most diets high in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, beta-carotene and selenium are beneficial for Lupus patients, because these nutrients help to decrease inflammation.

Common foods that are high in essential fatty acids help to reduce inflammation, so they should be made a regular part of the diet for any lupus patient. These fatty acids can be found in cold water fish, walnuts, flax, and pumpkin seeds. While some people take Omega-3 or fish oil pills, they have to take a lot of pills to make up for one meal of fish. Also, some oils used in cooking can be beneficial anti-inflammatory substances. They include olive oil, which also promotes cardiovascular health, along with canola oil, grapeseed oil, and walnut oil.

Foods high in certain vitamins and minerals are also recommended to reduce inflammation and maintain good heart health. Beta-carotene is the precursor to vitamin A, and it is what creates the yellow-orange color found in carrots and winter squash. It is also found in dark green leafy vegetables and broccoli. Foods high in vitamin E can also help in people who are photosensitive. They include mustard greens, chard, sunflower seeds, dry roasted almonds, papaya, and boiled spinach. Plus, foods high in selenium can reduce inflammation, and includes button and shiitake mushrooms, shrimp, snapper, tuna, and halibut.

Protein is important to building healthy tissue, but certain proteins are more beneficial. Lean poultry, fish, nuts, legumes, and seeds can promote your health, while red meat can actually increase inflammation. Better choices are soybeans, tofu, and soy milk, which all reduce pain and inflammation.

Carbohydrates and fiber are both important parts of a healthy diet. Leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables are beneficial, as are fresh fruit. Blueberries and strawberries contain anti-oxidants and chemicals that decrease inflammation. Also, apples and red onions contain a chemical known as quercetin that also decreases inflammation. Green vegetables, whole fruits, oatmeal, and oats are also beneficial fiber.

Overall, though, most physicians recommend that Lupus patients follow the diets recommended by the American Cancer Society or the American heart Association. They are low in fat, sodium and refined sugar while being high in fiber. They include a proper balance of all the food groups, though some patients may find that certain foods may cause a flare up of symptoms or allergies, so those foods should be avoided.
Thank you Freedom From Lupus, for this report!

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