General information and resources:
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that attacks different parts of the body and can cause inflammation of the skin, blood vessels, joints, and tissues. The cause of SLE remains unknown, but it often appears around the ages of 15-35. Most often it’s women that develop SLE, but men can have SLE as well.
There are different levels of severity, so the symptoms of lupus are different for everyone, but there are several common symptoms: red rash (usually on the cheeks), mouth sores, fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, shortness of breath, vomiting, and weight loss. In more severe cases of SLE, the kidneys, heart, and lungs can become inflamed as well.
What can you do to get control of your SLE?
The main thing you can do to relieve SLE symptoms is to change your diet. By choosing a healthy diet, you can reduce the effect of your symptoms. There is no one right way to eat with SLE, but these guidelines can assist you in your dietary choices.
- Refined sugar
- White flour
- Red meat
- Citrus fruit
- Nightshade vegetables
- Foods rich in vitamin D and calcium
- Raw vegetables
- Whole grains
If you are suffering from SLE, live in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area, and are interested in finding a local support group, contact Sunrise Healing Arts.
If you don’t live in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area, check out Molly’s Fund for information about support groups in your area.