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August 2, 2007 at 2:02 PMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Lupus and a Good Diet: What You Should be Eating


What is Lupus?

Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, meaning the body attacks itself, results in inflammation and tissue damage. Lupus is painful, debilitating, and can be fatal. Lupus symptoms are similar to flu, muscular sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. This is one reason why diagnosis of lupus can take months or years. Most often affected are the blood vessels, heart, joints, kidneys, liver, lungs, nervous system, and skin. Lupus is unpredictable and "flares" of pain can come and go without warning.

What is a good diet for lupus?

If you have lupus, what you eat is important. Lupus symptoms can be alleviated with a diet that targets the immune system. The goal of this lupus diet is to repair and rebuild your immune system. It's within your power to nourish your health. Though somewhat controversial over the effectiveness of lupus diets, those who suffer with lupus will try whatever has promise to provide relief.

Alkalizing foods - what you should be eating

If you live with lupus, eating "alkaline" foods will help ease the pains by shifting the pH level and oxygenating your body's system. Alkaline foods should account for 75% of your daily food intake. Look at these foods and see if you don't already like or eat them!

  • cinnamon
  • eggs (free-range)
  • green and herbal teas
  • chicken breast (lean)
  • cottage cheese
  • fat-free cottage cheese
  • fruits and vegetables (most of them)
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • nuts
  • organic yogurt
  • sea salt
  • seeds

Acidifying foods - what you should be eating

Acidifying foods should account for the balance of your daily food intake. You should eat 25% of your daily food intake from these choices:

  • beef
  • beans
  • dairy products
  • duck
  • lobster
  • fats
  • lamb
  • pork
  • legumes
  • oils
  • pasta
  • shrimp
  • tuna
  • turkey

Remember what you should be eating and then include these recommended choices Calcium, proteins, vitamins B6, C, and D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and zinc. Low-fat foods, low carbohydrates, high-complex carbohydrates, and unprocessed grains and cereals will help allay your lupus symptoms, as well.

Remember the Food Pyramid?

Every child in elementary school learned about the Food Pyramid. If it's easier for you to remember, eat according to these daily guidelines:

  • 2 servings of dairy products
  • 2-3 servings of fish, meat, poultry, or protein
  • 2-4 servings of fruit
  • 3-5 servings of vegetables
  • 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, grains, and pasta

Lupus and a good diet: what you should be eating

Whether you have just been diagnosed with lupus or have lived with its symptoms for years, the diet remains unchanged. Lupus and a good diet make a productive culmination towards your overall health well being. Watching your diet and weight are two ways that you can help relieve your lupus symptoms. Lupus wasn't your choice. How you live with it is.

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  • Some of the foods listed here are also listed on the foods that should NOT be eaten.

  • Hello Laura,

    While we did not list any specific foods to avoid, the recommendation of the Lupus Foundation of America is to observe an overall healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low fat dairy.

    Foods to avoid would include items high in unhealthy fats, sodium, refined sugar, and synthetics. Alcohol should also be consumed only in moderation.

    Thanks for reading!

  • I was diagnosed with Lupus aprox. 10 yrs. ago. The Dr. that told me I had Lupus has retired. Now my new DR. says I don't have Lupus. My symptoms are the same and I have flares just like before, when I had another Dr. .The doctor I had before said I would always have Lupus. But now they are saying I have the symptoms of MS. I checked out those symptoms and in my experience with Lupus, my symptoms are more like Lupus. I found the article about the MS/Lupus helps settle some of the questions on my mind, but I still think my symptoms are more of a Lupus flair.

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