Despite what you may have read online in your research, there simply is no established guidelines for diet and lupus. However, that is a far cry from saying that diet isn’t an important factor. Just like any medical condition, the goal for lupus should be to eat a combination of healthy foods including whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean protein, plant fats, and fish. However, you may find that certain foods are more helpful than others for managing your symptoms. Here are some of those foods:
Switch the Red Meat for Fatty Fish
While delicious, red meat is filled with saturated fats, which can lead to heart disease. Instead, try to eat more salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. These are packed with omega-3s and can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Get More Calcium
Many lupus patients take a steroid drug, however, this comes with he downside of making one’s bones thin and brittle. In order to combat this, try foods the are high in vitamin D and calcium like low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, beans, tofu, and dark leafy greens.
Limit Trans & Saturated Fats
This shouldn’t be news to you, but if you are a lupus patient, it should be of double the importance. As we mentioned, most lupus patients take a steroid drug which can significantly increase appetite which makes weight gain a real possibility. However, by reducing the number of unhealthy foods you eat and replacing them with healthier ones, you can significantly increase not only your chances of staying the same size but improve overall health.
Avoid Garlic & Alfalfa
If you have lupus, these are too foods that you should probably avoid having on your dinner plate. Alfalfa sprouts contain an amino acid known as L-canavanine, and garlic has allicin, ajoene, and thiosulfinates; all of which can send your immune system into hyper mode, resulting in lupus flares.
Skip Nightshade Vegetables
Although it is not fully understood why many cups sufferers report that their condition is worsened when they eat nightshade vegetables. These include tomatoes, white potatoes, sweet and hot peppers and eggplant.
Skip the Salt
Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh, how about just reduce the salt? However, we do also understand that this can be difficult, especially if you frequently eat out. If that is the case, try these tips for reducing your sodium intake on the go. First, always order your sauce on the side, as sauces can often be a culprit for high sodium. Secondly, try asking for your entree to be cooked without any added salt. Lastly, while delicious, skip the fries and order some veggies instead.Advertisement