CONSUME PLENTY OF
· ALFALFA IN ALL FORMS
· CELERY, PARSNIPS, PARSLEY, LEMONS, LIMES AND FIGS IF YOU ARE SUN SENSITIVE…
Also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. Although arthritic joint pain, skin rashes, debilitating fatigue, and dry mouth are the most common symptoms, it can also damage organs throughout the body, particularly the kidneys. Lupus strikes women about 10 times as often as men. While it is a mild disease for many, lupus can be serious and even life threatening for some people. Lupus is believed to be caused by a genetic predisposition, triggered by environmental factors, such as a virus; it may be worsened by other factors, such as sun exposure, infection, stress, and certain foods and drugs.
But because lupus is such a variable disease, there is not one treatment regimen that helps everyone. Which can increase resistance to sun exposure and help prevent lupus rashes and joint pain. For more severe problems, steroids or other immunosuppressive drugs may be prescribed.
Alfalfa in any form- even herbal supplements containing alfalfa worsen lupus symptoms; other legumes may have a similar effect.
MUSHROOMS AND SOME SMOKED FOODS- these may also cause problems for lupus sufferers.
FOODS CONTAINING PSORALENS-
If your are one of the majority of lupus patients whose disease is worsened by exposure to the sun or unshielded fluorescent light , avoid foods containing psoralens, such as celery, parsnips, parsley, lemons, and limes, which heighten photosensitivity.
Avoid high-protein, high-fat foods. Many lupus patients note an improvement after they decrease the consumption of fatty high-protein foods, especially animals products.
Cereals, fruits, and vegetable- These food are high in the antioxidant vitamins and minerals-vitamins C, beta carotene, zinc, and selenium. These are beneficial not only for lupus itself but also protect against heart disease. People with lupus tend to have high blood cholesterol levels, which may be worsened by steroid medications. The best food sources of vitamin E include, nuts, seeds, oils, and wheat germ.