... My joints are so stiff and they pop in the mornings. I love sweets, I wonder if sugar could make it worse? Thanks
Sadly, sugar is inflammatory so it makes conditions like these worse. Tough to cut back I know and artificial sweeteners are toxic... try STEVIA, it is a natural sugar substitute. Make sure you buy organic and one that is all stevia, not mixed with other stuff. I get NOW brand. You only use a tiny bit so a bottle lasts a long time. I have never heard of anyone saying anything negative about stevia. There is even an all natural soda sweetened with it called ZEVIA. Comes in many flavors. Was the only way I got off the wicked Diet Coke which is definitely bad for us. Now I mostly drink Perrier. I will be honest, when I was on high doses of steroids, it was the only thing that significantly reduced inflammation and therefore reduced my pain immensely. Too bad the steroids are bad for us. I never knew how bad my pain and inflammation really was, til I was given heavy steroids IV in the hospital and sent home on lots of prednisone.
Downside comes when you taper off and WHAM!!! all the pain and inflammation comes back at ya... no fun! Good luck. I not only quit sugar, but also quit ALL dairy and all animal products too all in my quest to reduce inflammation. OK, some occasional sugar, but mostly stevia. Jury is out on if this is all helping at all.
I personally find that simple diets are easier for the body to process. Diagnosed with lupus now 12 years. I feel less pain, stiffness and inflammation when consuming simple, unprocessed foods. Lots of water, fresh veggies and fruit. Sugar has been difficult to give up since I have a sweet tooth but I have realised the less I consume the better I feel and finally don't miss it as much.
Avoid or cut down on alcohol.
My doctor says just eat a healthy diet there is are no special guidelines. I disagree. I know fish oil in a therapeutic dose (3 g, or 3000 mg) is very helpful but that nauseates me. Green tea or green tea extract is good.
CoQ10 important. 200 mg magnesium and biotin for hair and nail concerns. Lo trans fat, v little deep fried foods. Sorry. Probiotics for leaky gut also important since immune system receptors are also in the gut. Any or all of these I've found helpful. Sometimes not everyday since us lupus patients take a lot of other medicines too. I hope this helps you...
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