Lupus, diet, and gut integrity
Lupus is a chronic and often disabling autoimmunedisease. Organs including kidneys, hearth, lungs, and brains can be damaged and the result is extreme fatigue, joint pain, skin sores, and rashes. The immune system is designed to attack foreign substances in the body but with Lupus, it attacks healthy cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
Lupus of different kinds
Not all lupus are alike. Some people develop kidney problems, premature heart disease, strokes, or lung inflammation. The most common is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Other types of lupus are: (NIH)
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus — causes a skin rash that doesn’t go away
Subacute Cutaneous Lupus erythematosus — causes skin sores on parts of the body exposed to the sun
Drug-induced Lupus — can be caused by medications
Neonatal Lupus — a rare type of lupus that affects newborns.
Lupus patient may need to consult several doctors with different specialties. This may include Rheumatologists for the joint swelling, Clinical immunologists for the immune system disorder, Nephrologists to treat kidney complications, Hematologists to treat blood disorders, Dermatologists for skin issues, Neurologists to treat problems with the nervous system, Cardiologists for heart and blood vessel treatment, Endocrinologists for problems related to the glands and hormones.
Alternative food diet
There are no foods that cause lupus or that can cure it. Although some ingredients may worsen the condition of Lupus. Still, good nutrition is an important part of an overall treatment plan for the disease. A well-balanced diet for people with Lupus includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It should also include moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and oily fish.
Having a good diet encourages the following:
● Maintain bone and muscle health
● Combat the side effects of medications
● Maintain a healthy weight
● Reduce the risk of heart disease
Food to avoid:
Not all types of food benefit a person with Lupus. Some may trigger pain because of certain substances present in vegetables and even red meat. Sweeteners and sweet products, alcohol, and diet rich in calcium should be avoided, as well as legumes that may cause irritation or flare-ups.
Lupus patients taking medications that can thin their bones (as a side effect) may need a calcium supplement, to strengthen bones. Eating foods high in calcium and vitamin D helps. Although Laminine is technically not a calcium supplement by itself but it helps strengthen the bones by forming the necessary chains (amino acids) and proteins needed to build bone parts.
Amino acid dietary supplement
A person with Lupus can take a dietary supplement in order to sustain and fill the gap of missing nutrients and proteins necessary for the body to fight back. Laminine Dietary Supplement is more than a complete chain of amino acids. The protein in Laminine is derived from partially incubated avian eggs that contain Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF). FGF2 in Laminine’s amazing benefits helps the body combat diseases like Lupus. Laminine’s white papers are available through the American Health Journal and Physician’s Desk Reference.
Gut bacteria’s role in lupus
New research explores how the tiny organisms in your gut might be influencing your immune system and lupus disease activity. Recent research has shown they play a role in everything from autoimmune disease to disease susceptibility,
Dr. Kosiewicz, from the University of Louisville, is looking into a special type of white blood cells called regulatory T cells (Tregs). Deficiencies in these cells, which keep the immune system in check, have been associated with autoimmune diseases, including lupus. The immune cells that make Tregs are located in the gut, and she believes that the substances produced by the male microbiome (which has been modified by androgen) enable these cells to more effectively produce Tregs.
Healthy people generally have over 1,000 different types of bacteria. These bacteria are important to the body’s nutrition and metabolism. It shapes the immune defenses. In studying these gut bacterias and comparing it between healthy people and those with lupus, Dr. Silverman discovered that healthy people carry a greater range of (good) bacteria, while many lupus patients seem to have instead developed an imbalance with too few ‘good’ and too many ‘bad’ bacteria.
Thus the link between maintaining a healthy gut appears to be linked in immune system diseases like lupus. (Source: Lupus News Today)