Many people on the planet don’t know what the word “lupus” means. This is one really scary word that we all should fear. It is a disease that is baffling and powerful. And the worst thing is that it affects more people than we think.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
“It’s a disability that you cannot describe because the whole thing about lupus is it’s so unpredictable,” Mallory Dixon, 29, told Medical Daily.
Lupus risk factors:
- Genetic susceptibility and a family history of this condition
- Being a woman (about 90% of all lupus patients are women)
- Being between the ages of 15-45. Women that are of “childbearing age” are usually the most likely to develop lupus
- African-American, Asian or Native American descent. These ethnicities develop lupus more than Caucasians do
- Having a poor diet or nutrient deficiencies
- GI troubles
- Sensitivities or food allergies
- Toxicity exposure
- A history of infections and some other autoimmune disorders
Symptoms of Lupus
These are the most common symptoms of this disease:
- Fatigue or fever
- Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
- Rash on the face that usually covers the cheeks and the bridge of the nose
- Photosensitivity: skin lesions that appear or even worsen on sun exposure
- Fingers and toes that change color to white or blue when they are exposed to cold or stressful periods
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes
- Headaches, confusion and even memory loss
According to researches, many people that have lupus are diagnosed with a second or third autoimmune disorder. But if you are diagnosed with one or these diseases remember that you should be on the lookout for lupus symptoms.
Just like any other disease, if you catch it early you may be able to avoid some of the dramatic flare-up.
In order to help you with these, here are the most common autoimmune diseases. You should know that in each of these diseases, our immune system attacks the bodily tissues as if they were germs, viruses or some other foreign invaders:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- reactive arthritis
- celiac disease
- pernicious anemia
- inflammatory bowel diseases
- Graves’ disease
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- type 1 diabetes
How to naturally treat lupus: Anti-inflammatory diet
The best way to manage lupus according to research is having a healthy, unprocessed diet that will control inflammation stemming from poor gut health.
Here is a list of the best foods for lupus that you should consume:
- Unprocessed, organic foods: by consuming this kind of food you will reduce the exposure to synthetic additives, toxins or pesticides in non-organic foods
- Raw vegetables: they will promote an alkaline body, also reduce inflammation and even improve digestion
- Wild-caught fish: from eating fish you will get omega-3 fats that will reduce inflammation, the risk for heart disease and pain. You need to eat more salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, tuna and halibut.
- High-antioxidant foods: try eating more leafy greens, garlic, onions, asparagus, avocado and berries. These are all high in fiber, vitamin C, selenium, magnesium and potassium that will help you prevent the free radical damage, repair possible damage to the joints and even lower fatigue.
On the other hand, consuming these certain foods you can relieve skin irritation and dryness that occurs. These symptoms are very commonly associated with lupus:
- Olive oil and organic coconut oil
- Wild-caught fish
- Raw milk
- Cucumbers and melon
- Nuts and seeds (chia, flax, walnuts, almonds)
- Water and organic green tea