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How to Prevent Lupus If You Don't Have It Yet

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  • The best thing you can do to lower your chances of getting lupus is to focus on maintaining a healthy body through nutrition-based physical and dietary practices
  • By eating the right food alone, you can prevent inflammation

Since lupus  can strike without warning, it is difficult to determine if you can fully prevent it from occurring during your lifetime. The best option to lower your chances of getting lupus is to focusing on maintaining a healthy body through nutrition-focused physical and dietary practices. Here are some pointers you can implement:

Maintain a Healthy Diet — By eating the right food alone, you can prevent inflammation, which is a major symptom of lupus . A healthy diet can also promote proper-functioning organs and a healthy body, which can improve your overall mood, too. Be sure to purchase from certified organic providers. This way, you can be sure that what you are eating is free from harmful chemicals such as pesticides or antibiotics.

Exercise — Regular exercise can help build your stamina, manage your weight and improve your mood. Be sure to consult with your doctor on what exercises you can do, as your lupus-affected organs can prevent you from  certain physical movements.

Take Supplements — These are a good way of adding nutritional value to your diet and can even help lower inflammation throughout your body. Supplements such as krill oil have nutrients that can improve your cardiovascular health through regular intake.

Preventing Attacks If You Already Have Lupus

If you have been diagnosed with lupus, there are several steps you can take to prevent it from flaring up. The previous dietary and health advice can apply here, but there are added pointers such as:

Sun Protection — Ultraviolet rays from the sun are a well-known trigger of lupus, so avoiding sunlight exposure is your top priority. If you need to travel outdoors, it's best to cover yourself up with clothing such as hats and long-sleeved shirts. You can also use a safe sunscreen for added protection.

Emotional Freedom Techniques  (EFT) — Lupus can make you feel down, which can affect your treatment's success and overall well-being. It's important to practice positive, self-reaffirming methods such as EFT to keep your spirits up. EFT works by applying pressure on specific meridian points in your head and chest while saying affirmation statements. The concept is similar to acupuncture, but without the  needles. For an in-depth guide on EFT, you can visit this page.

Calcium — Lupus can weaken your bones because of fatigue and the resulting inactivity it brings to your body. Taking medications can also weaken your bones as a side effect of treating lupus.1 To counteract this, consume calcium-rich foods, such as grass-fed raw milk, which it allows you to reap the benefits of milk as nature intended it to be, without any harmful chemicals. Taking a calcium supplement, along with vitamins D3 and K2, is also recommended.

Practices to Avoid

Smoking  Increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, which can worsen your lupus symptoms and cause other complications.

Alcohol Reduces the effectiveness of your medication, and can prevent you from getting a good night's rest.

Alfalfa sprouts — Consumption of alfalfa sprouts is reported to increase lupus attacks due to the L-canavanine amino acid found in it. It's best not to consume this food, or any form of alfalfa for that matter.2

Work Closely With Your Doctor

While the tips mentioned here can help you lower the chances of lupus attacks, it is best to regularly consult with your doctor to create a formidable plan that you can stick to. Regular checkups are also important, so any changes, no matter how small, can be detected and acted upon right away.

If everything goes well, there is a possibility that your lupus could enter remission. The celebrities mentioned at the introduction of this guide have resumed their careers without any serious issues at all. If they can do this, so can you.

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Sources and References

  • 1 Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, "Steroids"
  • 2 The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, “Things to Avoid”
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