Life with Lupus

 

Living life with lupus can be difficult but its not all bad as long as you know how to manage it. First let us better understand this phenomenon and what makes it a serious growing issue for “Black” Americans.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). “Chronic” means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune systems produce proteins called “antibodies” which protect the body from these invaders.

“Autoimmunity” means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”). As a result, it creates auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These auto-antibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

(source: https://resources.lupus.org/entry/what-is-lupus)

Now that we have a more understanding on this phenomenon, lets take a look at how to handle this. Most of the remedies to dealing with lupus is just watching what you eat and drink. Remember your body is a temple so treat it so. I don’t think McDonald’s or KFC would be the right choice to have in your temple. I go as far as saying fast food has no place in your temple PERIOD.

The more you learn about your eating habits the better you can understand how to deal with, well, yourself.

The main piece to avoid is the hardest because its in everything, salt and sugar. Yeap, you got to give up those or find safe alternates. Like pink salt and honey ginger, that’s what i use. Next is fried food. Yes that means ALL fried food. Try baked or broiled. Taste just as good if not better depending on your cooking skills. Eat more steamed vegetables, mixed berries and fruit (but not too much fruit due to it have its own sugar in it. Eat moderately), wild game (salmon, turkey, etc), lessen red meat, and low grains.

Don’t forget to exercise, and no I don’t mean go to the gym and run 5 miles and lift 250 lbs. I mean stay active. Your body needs that blood flow to help you. Also there has been new studies that suggest silica water can help get foreign debris out of the body.

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