What is lupus?
Lupus is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Called chronic because the signs and symptoms appear long enough, about more than six weeks and even years.
In lupus, the immune system is mistaken. In people with lupus, the immune system cannot differentiate between foreign "invaders" from outside and healthy tissue. As a result, antibodies that should have been created to fight germs that cause disease actually attack and destroy healthy tissue in the body.
This condition eventually causes inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Inflammation caused by lupus can usually affect the body's systems including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.
NATURAL TREATMENT FOR LUPUS
The objective of this herbal tea is to both suppress and enhance various aspects of the immune system, known as immunomodulatory. Its phytoestrogen properties make it valuable in treating lupus. This herbal tea is made from a combination of African plants whose properties have helped to calm the nerves of lupus patients and to help with depression and anxiety that is associated with the diseases. It is known to stimulate the immune system to support healing and normal functions.
Symptoms of lupus
The sooner the disease is detected, the various symptoms can be treated as early and as effectively as possible. However, lupus is sometimes difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are often similar to other diseases. Here are the various symptoms of lupus that should be watched out for.
1. Rash on the face that looks like a butterfly
The first and very characteristic symptom of lupus in women is a skin rash on the face. Usually, the rash will appear like a butterfly, extending from the nose bone, both cheeks, to the jawbone. This type of rash is called a butterfly rash. Usually, this happens because the skin experiences sensitivity to light.
2. Muscle and joint pain
Pain in muscles and joints usually appear in the morning when you wake up. In addition to pain, the joints also experience swelling and feel stiff. Usually, the affected part is the wrist, knuckles, and fingers. Joint pain in lupus generally only appears on one side of the hand.
In addition, the swelling and pain tend to come and go, not getting worse from day to day like rheumatism.
3. Chest pain
Lupus can trigger inflammation of the membranes lining the lungs and heart. As a result, people who suffer from lupus will feel chest pain and shortness of breath.
4. Easily tired
Lupus is a disease that can cause interference with blood cells. For example, the number of white blood cells that are too low, blood platelets that are too low, or red blood cells that are too low to cause anemia.
As a result, the body becomes easily tired and less excited. Not only that, but the body affected by lupus is also more easily fatigued because various organs of your body begin to function disrupted.
5. Kidney problems
The kidney becomes one of the body's organs that can experience complications due to lupus. Experts think this is associated with antibody cells that are supposed to protect the body instead to attack the body, one of which is the kidneys. This condition sometimes results in permanent damage to the kidneys.
One of the symptoms of lupus that causes kidney problems, including weight gain, swollen ankles, high blood pressure, and decreased kidney function.
6. Mental disorders and brain function
If someone has lupus, the central nervous system will be disrupted. This condition causes various mental problems such as depression, anxiety, fear, to unwarranted confusion.
Not only that, but lupus can also attack the brain which can cause a person to become seizures and memory loss for a while. Therefore, if you experience this accompanied by other symptoms of lupus, immediately consult a doctor to ascertain the cause.
People affected by lupus often have a fever that is usually more than 38 degrees Celsius. This occurs in the body's response to inflammation and infection.
Therefore, body temperature will increase above normal. If the fever does not go down for days, you need to immediately see a doctor ask for a proper diagnosis of your current condition.
8. Weight loss suddenly
Sudden weight loss for no apparent reason can be a sign of serious illness. In lupus, this is caused by a compromised immune system which ultimately affects certain thyroid and hormones.
As a result, you can lose a few pounds without any apparent reason.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet to Heal Gut Issues
Research shows that a healthy, unprocessed diet is very important for managing lupus because it helps control inflammation stemming from poor gut health, reduces the risk for complications like heart disease, helps build strength and energy, and reduces side effects of medications.
The best foods for lupus include:
- Organic, unprocessed foods: help reduce exposure to synthetic additives, toxins or pesticides in non-organic foods
- Raw vegetables: promote an alkaline body, reduce inflammation and improve digestion
- Wild-caught fish: provide omega-3 fats to help reduce inflammation, the risk for heart disease, and pain. Sources include salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, tuna, and halibut.
- High-antioxidant foods (vegetables and fruit): include leafy greens, garlic, onions, asparagus, avocado, and berries. These foods are high in fiber, vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, and potassium to help prevent free radical damage, repair possible damage to the joints, and lower fatigue.
- Bone broth: can reduce autoimmune and inflammatory symptoms that are associated with lupus. Consume eight to 16 ounces of bone broth daily as a beverage or as part of a soup.
Certain foods can also help relieve skin irritation and dryness that’s very commonly associated with lupus. Foods to help moisturize skin from the inside out include:
- Nuts and seeds like chia, flax, walnuts, and almonds (also great sources of fiber and omega-3s)
- Coconut oil and olive oil
- Wild-caught fish
- Raw milk
- Cucumbers and melon
- Drinking plenty of water and herbal tea and green tea
According to a study published in the Journal of the Arthritis Health Professionals Association, getting regular exercise is important to treat lupus for many reasons. Exercise lowers stress, helps with sleep quality, makes your heart and lungs stronger, strengthens bones, lowers joint pain, improves flexibility and range of motion, and lowers risk for complications. Research done by the National Institute of Physical Activity and Sport Science in Spain has found that “a physical exercise is a useful tool for improving cardiovascular fitness, reducing metabolic abnormalities and fatigue, and improving quality of life in people with lupus.” This means you can add lupus treatment to the list of exercise benefits.
Because lupus can cause chronic fatigue, electrolyte imbalances, and anemia, it’s crucial to start slowly and not overexert yourself. Give yourself enough rest between workouts to recover and eat within a short window after exercising. Activities that can be beneficial for people with lupus include about 20–30 minutes of the following exercises at once: brisk walking, swimming, water aerobics, tai chi, yoga, cycling, Pilates, or using an elliptical machine.
Research shows that psychological and emotional stress can set off lupus (and other autoimmune diseases) or bring about a lupus flare-up by increasing inflammatory responses. Systemic lupus erythematosus can also be very unpredictable and cause changes to the central nervous system, which leads to severe psychological distress and anxiety.
Different stress relievers work for different people, so keep in mind this might take some experimenting. Many people have found meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to be treatment modalities worth considering since they have numerous benefits for both body and mind. Other ways to help manage stress include spending time in nature, breathing techniques, exercising, praying, keeping a journal, reading, joining a support group, seeing a therapist, and using essential oils for anxiety.