My local lupus foundation (LFA, DC/MD/VA) recently provided these guidelines for an Anti-Inflammatory diet to my lupus support group. I think they have some great tips - I've tried (and had success with) many of the items mentioned, so see what you think. As always, I recommend checking with your doctor before making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle regimen. No need to put the body into a state of shock. I'd say lupus has that base covered, don't you?
Have any other ideas? Feel free to leave a comment. I think all of us are up for suggestions on how to tame the swelling!
An anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce symptoms of inflammation and prevent the development of complications and advanced diseases related to chronic inflammation.
General Dietary Guidelines
-Incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet – they provide a good source of
-Minimize your consumption of processed foods
-Aim for a large variety in the types of foods you consume
-Fresh foods are always best
-Choose organic when possible
Minimize the intake of:
-Dairy products (except high quality natural cheese and yogurt)
-Animal protein (specifically red meat)
-Highly processed foods (crackers, cookies, breads, canned products)
- Products made with high fructose corn syrup.
- Saturated fat by eating less butter, cream, high-fat cheese, unskinned chicken and fatty
meats, and products made with palm kernel oil.
- Avoid margarine, vegetable shortening, and all products listing them as ingredients.
-Avoid all products made with partially hydrogenated oils of any kind.
Increase the intake of:
-Vegetable protein, especially from beans. Become familiar with whole-soy foods
-Fiber (aim for 30grams a day)
-Omega-3 Fatty Acids; specifically salmon (preferably fresh or frozen wild or canned sockeye), sardines packed in water or olive oil, herring, and black cod (sablefish, butterfish); omega-3 fortified eggs; hemp seeds and flaxseeds (preferably freshly ground); or take a fish oil supplement (look for products that provide both EPA and DHA, in a convenient daily dosage of two to three grams).
- Choose whole grains over refined
-Vitamin C – Citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries
-Vitamin E – Vegetable Oils, Kiwi, Wheat germ, Green leafy vegetables
- Polyphenolic antioxidants – Tea, Coffee, Soy, Fruits, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Cinnamon,
-Vitamin A – Carrots, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, mangoes, oranges, peaches, apricots
Anti-inflammatory Supplements: *A doctor can provide dosage amounts and instructionsFish oil
**Information above reposted with permission: Erin Lewis MS RD LDN CNSC