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Fighting lupus inflammation with food

Post: #1
02-10-2012, 09:30 PM
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Fighting lupus inflammation with food

I've just recovered from a serious chest infection which has left me with inflammation around the lungs, due to lupus. I can't take anti-inflammatory medicines for various reasons, so I'm trying out an anti-inflammatory diet. Obviously it won't work as quickly as medication, but that's not an option.

Apparently, eating a diet similar to the Mediterranean Diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, oily fish and complex carbohydrates is excellent for reducing inflammation. I've only just started, so it's early days yet, but I'm loving the foods I'm eating. Has anyone else ever tried this?



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Post: #2
02-15-2012, 10:06 AM
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Fighting lupus inflammation with food

(02-10-2012 09:30 PM)SandraPiddock Wrote:  I've just recovered from a serious chest infection which has left me with inflammation around the lungs, due to lupus. I can't take anti-inflammatory medicines for various reasons, so I'm trying out an anti-inflammatory diet. Obviously it won't work as quickly as medication, but that's not an option.

Apparently, eating a diet similar to the Mediterranean Diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, oily fish and complex carbohydrates is excellent for reducing inflammation. I've only just started, so it's early days yet, but I'm loving the foods I'm eating. Has anyone else ever tried this?



I know someone with Lupus. He must avoid being stressed or anything that may cause stress. He is a teacher and I don't know how he can avoid being stressed. Anyhow, even his coffee is black. :/

I'm not sure about that diet you mentioned but I will research on that so I can refer the same to this family friend of ours. Thanks for giving an idea.



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Post: #3
02-22-2012, 05:15 AM
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RE: Fighting lupus inflammation with food

I think you need to get contact a doctor for better advice ...



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Post: #4
02-22-2012, 09:19 PM
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RE: Fighting lupus inflammation with food

Jannet, I am in constant touch with my doctor, and he can't prescribe anything to help, so while I'm waiting for referral, I'm trying to help myself with this. Many nutrition experts and health professionals advocate treating symptoms and conditions with diet, and I run everything I do past my doctor. Your post is not at all helpful - why did you bother?



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Post: #5
02-27-2012, 04:59 PM
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RE: Fighting lupus inflammation with food

‚Äč@SandraPiddock - I was formally diagnosed with Lupus about three years ago and I say formally because I have had Lupus signs and symptoms since I was a child. I am now 34 years old. I like you have been looking at more natural ways to combat the things that come along with the disease. Here is a list of some of the things I have been eating/taking that seem to be helping me:

-Vitamin D for immune health and fighting depression
-Vitamin C for inflammation
-B Complex Vitamin for energy and proper food metabolism
-Elderberry extract to shorten illness time for colds and viruses
-Dark Green Veggies, especially romaine lettuce
-Olive Oil
-Fish like salmon, cod, flounder for omegas(to fight that brain fog)
-grapes, pineapples for inflammation, especially lung inflammation

I stay away from nightshade veggies like eggplants, tomatoes and potatoes because they cause inflammation for me immediately. My stomach and intestines have warned me to stay away from whole wheat flour items and semolina flour products as well. Any kind of sprouts are out of the question as well. I stopped eating meat as well in December of last year because after I ate it I would be sick for the next few days. Here are links to helpful articles on foods that help and foods that hurt:

[url]http://www.hellolife.net/immunity-and-autoimmunity/b/what-foods-to-avoid-with-lupus/[/url]

http://www.everydayhealth.com/lupus/manage-diet-to-control-lupus.aspx

http://www.hellolife.net/immunity-and-autoimmunity/b/foods-that-have-been-shown-to-help-with-lupus/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/336235-foods-that-help-heal-lupus-rheumatoid-arthritis/

http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-anti-inflammatory-foods.htm



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Post: #6
02-27-2012, 08:32 PM
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RE: Fighting lupus inflammation with food

Whitelotus, thank you for that information - especially the point about grapes for lung information. Unfortunately I can't bear the taste of pineapple, but I love grapes, and they're very cheap and plentiful here. i kept a food diary when I was first diagnosed, and the nightshade vegetables do not seem to affect me at all.

I live in Spain, so I get plenty of vitamin D from the sunshine. I can spend a little time in the sun each day, with a strong sunscreen, without affecting my skin. I'll check out those links you posted - thank you very much for an informative and helpful post.



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