Lupus is a very complex and chronic autoimmune disease that can affect anyone, anytime, in many different ways. There are certain foods that may improve life while living with lupus, and that are certain foods that can worsen your flares and how you feel.
1. Go from red meat to healthy, fatty fish
Being high in fat, red meat is not the best type of protein to eat, as it can lead to heart disease. Switch from red meat to fatty fishes, like tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel. These types of fish have plenty of Omega-3s, which are polyunsaturated fatty acids that help protect against heart disease and stroke.
2. Eat foods rich in calcium
Lupus patients may be under medication that can thin their bones as a side effect. Strengthen your bones (and avoid fractures), by eating foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D.
Some of these foods include cheese, yogurt, low-fat milk, tofu, beans, spinach and broccoli (mainly dark green leafy vegetables), among others. Besides eating foods that are high in calcium, ask your physician to prescribe you some vitamin D and calcium supplements.
3. Eat less trans fats and processed foods
OK, let’s be honest: everyone should avoid trans fats and overly processed foods. But if you have a disease like lupus, avoiding these types of foods is even more important and can really benefit your health.
differ from one person to another. Some people have just a few symptoms, while others have many. In addition, there are many different symptoms of lupus because the disease can affect any part of the body. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Achy joints (arthralgia)
- Unexplained fever (more than 100 F)
- Swollen joints (arthritis)
- Prolonged or extreme fatigue
- Skin rash-Called the butterfly rash that appears across cheeks and bridge of nose
- Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation
- Pain in the chest when breathing deeply
- Hair loss
- Sensitivity to the sun and/or other light
- Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
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