Lupus is an autoimmune condition that is associated with symptoms including inflammation and damage to skin, blood, lungs, heart, kidneys, and blood. The condition has a quite complex nature.
If you are to research the diet suitable for lupus patients, you will find many suggestions. However, you cannot find an established diet.
In this article, we give a few diet tips that will help you handle your lupus better.
Eat More Calcium-Rich Foods
The steroid drugs you take to treat lupus could cause loss of bone density, thereby making you more prone to fractures. To avoid that, eat foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D, two minerals that are crucial for bone health.
Some Calcium-rich foods are:
- calcium-fortified plant milk
- Leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach
Avoid Garlic And Alfalfa
Garlic and alfalfa are foods that you should avoid if you have lupus. Garlic contains ajoene, allicin, and thiosulfinates that could make your immune system more active and worsen your lupus symptoms.
Alfalfa sprouts contain L-canavanine, an amino acid. Lupus patients that have eaten alfalfa have reported experiencing fatigue and pain.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
There isn’t anything wrong with taking wine and beer occasionally. However, we cannot ignore the possibility of a drug interaction caused by alcohol. It could interact with the medications you are taking and reduce their effectiveness or cause some side effects.
Reduce Salt In Your Foods
Eating too much salt increases your blood pressure putting you at the risk of developing heart disease.
Lupus already increases your risk of heart disease.
To substitute for the salt that you cut down, add spices like pepper, turmeric, curry powder, and more.
Limit Nightshade Vegetables
There isn’t any support of scientific evidence that nightshade vegetables worsen lupus symptoms. However, some people with the condition have found that they are sensitive to nightshade vegetables including:
- White potatoes
- Sweet and hot peppers
Prepare a list of the foods that you eat and avoid any foods that caused flare-up of your lupus symptoms.
The experience of people with lupus might vary from one another when it comes to the foods that influence their symptoms.
Because lupus is associated with the risk of heart disease, we recommend limiting fats and transfats as they increase the risk of heart disease.