Limit Lupus Flares with Healthy Foods
Posted on July 6, 2018
An unhealthy diet can have negative implications beyond an increasingly bigger waistline. If you have an autoimmune condition, eating unhealthy foods can cause flareups and can be especially dangerous if you are living with lupus. In addition to offering personal cell therapy to improve the symptoms of lupus, Dr. Singer also offers these tips for healthy eating while living with an autoimmune disease.
Avoid Foods High in Cholesterol
Foods that are high in cholesterol, trans fat and saturated fat increase inflammation in your body. Increased inflammation tends to increase the frequency of lupus flares. These foods include things like creamed soups and sauce; processed meat such as deli meat, sausage and bacon; fried foods; and high-fat dairy products.
Instead, try to eat lean meats such as poultry and fish, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
Set Down the Salt Shaker
Although salt does not increase symptoms or the frequency of flares, it can increase blood pressure. Increased blood pressure can mean more strain on the heart, which is especially dangerous for lupus patients because they have a higher risk of developing heart disease than those without lupus.
Say Goodbye to Garlic
There has been research that connects increased lupus flares to the consumption of garlic and alfalfa sprouts. Garlic contains allicin, ajoene and thiosulfates while alfalfa sprouts contain the amino acid L-canavanine. All of these elements are known to turn on the immune system, which can cause severe flareups for people with lupus, including muscle and joint pain.
Reach for Veggies
So, what can you eat if you are living with lupus? Vegetables like dark, leafy greens such as beans, spinach and kale are an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is vital to individuals with lupus because the medications used to ease the symptoms of the disease often deplete calcium. Depleted calcium can leave you at risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Not all vegetables are good for people living with lupus. Take care to avoid those vegetables in the nightshade family, including white potatoes, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. These vegetables can increase painful symptoms.
Are you living with lupus? Find out how personal cell therapy can help. Call Park Avenue Stem Cell today at 844-903-PARK (7275) for a consultation.