Click on the video above to watch this week’s Lupus Q&A session. The questions and answers are below if you prefer to read 🙂
Cindy Lewis: I experience intense stomach pain after eating. I have tried everything. Also it has been 3+ weeks with a UTI; first tried Cipro and had horrible leg pain, then doubled my Macrobid. I went to the ER with horrible pain and they gave me 4 grams Rocephin IV. IC, UTIs, and kidney stones are nothing new to me. Urologist has put me on nightly Macrobid 100mg, prophylactic but I still get break through UTIs.
This is a classic case of dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is a real thing for us with Autoimmune conditions.
Our microbiome that lives within us communicates with our genes and can wreck havoc in our bodies. Any bacterial or viral infection solution is antibacterial or antiviral meds, which are in and of themselves very toxic.
This shift from healthy and sick really depends on decreasing the overall inflammation, and I know I sound like a broken record, but we need a plan to get our bodies into an Alkaline, anti-inflammatory state.
How? Take good quality probiotics especially if you’ve been exposed to antibiotics. We now have the ability to look at not only who’s in our gut but what they are doing in our gut.
The metabolic acids that the unhealthy microbiome produces further play into this unhealthy gut microbiota and keep you in this state of constant infection.
To add to this, eventually, because the bacterial species are able to mutate, they become resistant to the antibiotics which is killing many patients around the world.
Suzie Hensen: What do you recommend to stop hair loss? Also, can you go over the alkaline diet again please? Just need to know how to do it. Thanks!
For hair loss, we have an amazing collagen supplement that I take everyday which has helped with hair loss tremendously for me. You can find it here at our Lupus Farmacy.
So there is no one size fits all diet. A specific “diet” that works for me may not be the right fit for you.
The Alkaline Diet’s premise is about balance and respecting YOUR body.
Before I even start an Alkaline plan for my patients, I first start with an elimination diet or a complete RESET protocol to clean and restore your gut health.
For those of you who are in our private Facebook group, the elimination diet is under “files”.
Alkaline Diet focuses on a balanced diet consisting of lots of colorful vegetables and low glycemic fruits, healthy fats, and good quality protein sources that will shift your body into an Alkaline state.
If you have Lupus or Autoimmune conditions, you likely also have leaky gut. And we now know that zonulin, a protein, is increased in those of us with Autoimmune conditions or Celiac disease.
Zonulin becomes activated by gluten and when this happens, it causes further degeneration of the gut, so it’s a good idea to go gluten free.
Victoria Knitter: My fingers have such horrible blisters and I don’t know what to do about them anymore. They always hurt and burn.
So the skin manifests the health of our gut. If you’re getting blisters and they hurt, while we can assume it’s an irritation to the skin, it’s a systemic inflammatory effect.
In Traditional Korean Medicine, we believe that the health of our skin is a direct reflection of our gut.
I highly recommend that you eliminate any potential toxic foods by following the elimination diet.
Evy Baez: How do I know if my symptoms are from Fibromyalgia or Lupus. I also have Raynauds. I’m afraid of going to the hospital even when I feel so sick.
You don’t. Remember, when we go seek a doctor, we are looking for validation that we have disease.
Often for Lupus or Fibromyalgia, the dysfunction and symptoms precede the actual diagnosis and there’s an overlap of symptoms between the two.
I feel your pain on your opinion about hospitals, and I think unless it’s an acute injury or unrelenting symptom, it’s not very helpful.