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Natural and Home Remedies for Lupus

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  • When treating lupus naturally, your first task is to make changes in your lifestyle
  • Research has shown that coconut oil has a multitude of nutrients that promote heart health, proper thyroid function and healthy skin — areas that can be affected by lupus

When treating lupus  naturally, your first task is to change your mindset and accustom yourself to making changes to your lifestyle. This can be challenging at first, but you'll reap the rewards of having a healthier body and lowering your chances of lupus attacks.

The Right Diet: What You Should and Shouldn't Eat

Eating the right food is important as it can lessen your lupus symptoms . Introducing healthy foods into your system is a much better alternative than relying on solely pharmaceutical solutions. Below is a list of foods you can consume to lower your chances of lupus attacks:

Plenty of fresh vegetables and moderate amounts of fruits — According to a February 2019 study published in the Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine journal, people struggling with this illness may benefit from consuming fresh vegetables daily, as well as at least one fruit a day.1 You must monitor your fruit intake, however, because some fruits are loaded with sugar, which may trigger or worsen a lupus flare if consumed in excessive amounts.

Calcium-rich foods — If you're taking medication for lupus, you could get osteoporosis as a side effect,2 which increases your risk of fractures as you age. To help counteract this problem, consume calcium-rich foods such as raw milk and other dairy products,3 as well as dark green leafy vegetables.4 They're also great natural sources of vitamin D, since low vitamin D levels are said to be a risk factor for higher disease activity.5

Coconut oilResearch has shown that coconut oil has a multitude of nutrients that promote heart health, proper thyroid function6 and healthy skin7 — areas that can be affected by lupus. Use it for cooking or baking to reap the benefits right away.

Bone brothThis food can promote healthy digestion, which is crucial if lupus attacks your digestive tract.8 Glutamine, in particular, is said to help promote intestinal function.9 The nutrients in bone broth are also helpful in fighting off infection from the environment, such as cold and flu viruses.10 It also has collagen, which may help reduce joint pain and inflammation,11 a symptom common among many lupus patients.

Diet is not just about eating the right food. By avoiding certain foods and habits, you can lower your risk of lupus-related attacks. These include:12,13

Alcohol — Similar to smoking , alcohol can worsen lupus symptoms. If you happen to take any medication for lupus, alcohol may also negate the medication's effects.14

Alfalfa sprouts — These contain L-canavanine, an amino acid with immune-stimulating effects, which can lead to more attacks.15

Unhealthy fats — Fried foods, processed meats, trans fats, margarines, polyunsaturated fats and refined vegetable cooking oils can raise your risk of death from heart disease, including a higher chances of a heart attack16 and other diseases, and making it harder to manage lupus in the long run.

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Supplements: Getting Help From Other Healthy Sources

Supplements can provide nutrients that your body needs if you don't have access to natural, organic food. One of the best supplements you can get is krill oil.17 It has several benefits that can help lupus-related conditions like:18,19,20

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive problems

Krill oil is rich in omega-3  fats that lower triglyceride levels in your blood, which may cause heart disease. Research has shown that in just 12 weeks of taking krill oil supplements, krill oil was found to not only lower triglyceride levels, but blood glucose levels and fatty acids in the liver, as well21 — an astounding benefit, especially to lupus patients whose hearts have been affected by the disease.

Aside from krill oil, omega-3s can also be obtained from food sources such as Alaskan salmon, flaxseed, chia and hemp seeds. When buying Alaskan salmon, make sure to purchase the wild-caught variety, as the fish you purchase can be contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Calcium supplements can also be an option in place of calcium-rich food. However, be aware that excessive consumption of these supplements can lead to calcium deposits in your arteries, which can exacerbate your condtion over time. Keep in mind that you need to take vitamin D and vitamin K2 supplements as well to control calcium absorption in your body.

Turmeric  is another supplement you can take, as it provides a good source of manganese, iron, fiber, vitamins B6 and C, potassium and magnesium.22 One of its notable benefits is improving your skin health,23 which can be helpful if rashes have already formed. One study also notes that it can reduce the effects of lupus nephritis, and may be a safe form of therapy for patients.24

If your kidneys are affected by lupus, you can take green superfood supplements such as chlorella and spirulina. According to the book, “The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease,”25 they can help alkalize and detoxify your body.

Another supplement you should consider is dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). This is a precursor hormone produced in your adrenal gland that is essential in the creation of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.26 According to studies, DHEA may help ward off some of the symptoms in patients with mild to moderate lupus. It may cause mild acne as a side effect, though.27,28

Other Healthy Lifestyle Habits You Need to Implement

Stop smokingIt's no secret that smoking is bad for your health in general, but your lupus symptoms can worsen due to continuous smoking. This is actually a risk factor for lupus.29

Get enough sleep — Lupus can make you feel exhausted, so adequate rest is needed. High-quality sleep allows your body to repair itself and regain energy, thus your overall mood will improve, too.30

Exercise regularly — Exercising a few times a week can help improve cardiovascular function and maintain weight.31 It also releases hormones called endorphins that promote a good mood, which can help alleviate symptoms of depression.32

Protect your skin while outdoors — The sun is a good source of vitamin D, but it can become your enemy due to its risk of triggering lupus rashes.33 Covering yourself up is the logical step,34  but remember that this can prevent you from getting vitamin D from the sun. You can take a vitamin D3 supplement to help counteract this predicament.

Apply stress reduction techniques  —  Lupus can be emotionally draining, so adopting positive affirmation methods, such as Emotional Freedom Techniques  (EFT), can promote a more optimistic outlook in life.

Try acupuncture — According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture may help ease the muscle pain brought on by lupus.35 A 2008 study found that lupus patients who underwent 10 sessions of acupuncture therapy experienced reduced pain and fatigue.36

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