Are You Staying Away from Foods That Trigger Lupus Flares? Here Are Changes You Should Make in Your Diet.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues by mistake. This response could lead to inflammation in the blood vessels, heart, skin, kidneys, joints, lungs, brain and other part of the body. If you are one of the 5 million people worldwide living with lupus, I will recommend you work with a functional medicine practitioner to determine the kind of support or lifestyle changes that would keep the symptoms at the barest minimum and prevent flares. (1) Do you know that your diet for lupus, which is not a cure, can contribute to these goals? While lupus can affect different people in different ways, the inflammation that causes these symptoms is chronic.

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Symptoms of Lupus

With the fact that symptoms of Lupus vary widely from mild to severe and even life-threatening, lupus can mimic other diseases, impacting multiple bodily systems and leading to symptoms that often come and go or change entirely. (2) Here are some common symptoms of Lupus:

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Here are Foods you should avoid if you are experiencing symptoms of Lupus:
Substitute Red Meat with Healthy Fatty Fish

With the fact it is high in fat, red meat is not the best type of protein to eat, as it can lead to heart disease. You should substitute red meat with fatty fishes, like tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel. I would recommend these types of fish because they are rich in Omega-3s which are polyunsaturated fatty acids that help protect against heart disease and stroke. (3)

Eat More Foods That Are Rich in Calcium

For someone experiencing symptoms of Lupus, you might have been given so many medications that could thin the bones as a side effect. I will recommend you strengthen the bones in order to avid fractures by eating foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D. Some of these foods include cheese, yogurt, low-fat milk, tofu, beans, spinach and broccoli (mainly dark green leafy vegetables), among others. (4) Beyond these, I’ll advise you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation today where we would discuss your unique needs and I’ll recommend a reliable supplement that can aid the bones.

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Reduce Trans Fats and Processed Foods

I always advise everyone to avoid trans fats and overly processed foods and if you are experiencing a disease like Lupus, avoiding all these types of foods as much as you can would have a great impact on your health. Do you know that processed foods that are high in trans fats often have elevated levels of steroids, which can make you hungry all the time? This would make you eat more which would make you gain weight. (5)

Avoid Garlic and Alfalfa

Id you are struggling with symptoms of Lupus, I’ll advise you avoid garlic and alfalfa. This is because Garlic contains contains joene, thiosulfinates and allicin, which can mess with your immune system and trigger lupus flares while alfalfa contain L-canavanine in its sprouts, which is an amino acid that can also lead to symptom flares. (6)

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Watch Your Alcohol Intake

You don’t have to stop taking alcohol completely, you could still have the occasional glass of red wine or beer. Wine can actually benefit your heart health. Despite the benefits, you shouldn’t push it too much when drinking alcohol, since it can interfere with some of the method you have taken to manage the condition. (7)

Reduce Your Salt Intake

Did you know that eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk for heart disease? Its a known fact that taking too much salt is not good for the body but its even worse if you are experiencing symptoms of Lupus. Even though it may seem like it, reducing your salt intake doesn’t mean you have to eat food with no flavor. You can actually substitute salt with other spices to make your food delicious and full of flavor. Use spices like herbs, pepper, curry powder, or try to use lemon and turmeric to give your food a great taste. (8)


During a lupus flare, anti-inflammatory foods are still important. However, your nutrient needs may be greater. It’s important during those times to make sure you’re adequately nourished with plenty of calories and lean protein. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where I’ll recommend what could work for your unique case. I’ll also give more tips on how foods like fish, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and eggs can be helpful.

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Do you experience new food challenges because your present medications? Don’t hesitate to CONTACT me to discuss this. I’ll also advise on the possible side effects of any medication you’re taking, and how adjusting your diet might help. We will identify the key areas that need support and give necessary support to show what needs to be done uniquely for your case. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation if you or your loved ones are seeking relief from autoimmune-related issues. Chen Ben Asher will give you her best care recommendations and and give recommendations based on what’s happening inside your body on a cellular level, in a bid to achieve optimum results. Be rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as we look for the root cause!

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Working With A Functional Nutritionist

Functional Nutrition provides a personalized, holistic, and integrative approach towards better health, healing, relief, and well-being.

The process typically starts with a comprehensive initial evaluation that includes a review of your individual medical history as well as any necessary lab work such as food allergy testing. We also learn your current eating and lifestyle habits so we can optimize them and reduce any negative impact these choices might have on your health.

Once your needs and current nutritional support and lifestyle are understood, the process of nutritional consulting includes everything from food and cooking recommendations to education on why certain foods and nutrients are helpful or harmful. We also discuss functional and targeted supplementation where needed.

We take a practical approach to our work. It does not help you to give you recommendations that don’t work for you or aren’t realistic with your schedule and obligations.

We offer a coaching component to make sure you have all the emotional support and encouragement you need to believe in and make the choices that will promote health and healing within your body.

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