Lupus Q&A: Elimination Diet, Fighting Fatigue and Hair Loss, and Methotrexate

by | Aug 17, 2018 | Lupus Blog | 0 comments

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 🙂

Nicole: On the elimination diet can you have bread? I’m guessing no, as it’s not listed. Also can you guys recommend any Lupas doctors in the Dallas area that don’t want to just put medicine down your throat ? Having a hard time after I say I prefer to not get on meds.

You can have gluten free bread, but for Lupus patients, I recommend staying away from as much carbs as possible.

As for Lupus doctors, try going to the Institute of Functional Medicine website and look for practitioners in your area. Functional Medicine practitioners are typically focused on treating disease with alternative methods.

Ashley: What helps fatigue?

This is a complex question.

Lupus can potentially cause metabolic dysfunction, leaky gut, nutrient deficiency, and hormonal imbalance.

So focusing on changing your diet would be the first thing, and then consider taking some supplements to help you with fatigue, mostly those that impact inflammation like curcumin, fish oil, coq10, and probiotics.

Jess: How do you combat hair loss?

When the immune system is overloaded, coupled with nutrient malabsorption from gut permeability, your body is not able to absorb nutrients needed to supply your hair.

So healing the gut, increasing gut absorption, and taking the necessary nutrients with modifying your food and taking supplements will help.  I’m living proof.

I personally take our Lupus Beauty Protocol supplements and they have helped tremendously. I notice when I stop taking these supplements, I tend to have more hair loss.

Adizah: Been having high bp, lately is this normal?

No it’s not normal.  Metabolic dysfunction is at the core of autoimmunity.  Pain and stress can also affect your blood pressure.  I would check with your doctor.

Lisa: I have had nausea and vomiting with dizziness for the last several months. I’m on Plaquenil and have recently changed to methotrexate injections from pills. Some days I can barely get out of bed or off the couch because I’m so sick.

Methotrexate side effects can be part of it.  Remember, it’s the lesser of the two evils.  I would talk to your doctor and see what other options are available because if the intervention is not helpful, why continue?

Teri: Anyone having any luck adding herbal/oil supplements to the therapy regime? I’ve had success with raspberry and an evening bed spray of cinnamon, orange and clove.

You need to be careful with herbal and oils because they can be potent, so I would get guidance from a healthcare professional with knowledge and training in this area.

Heather: Two questions, 1. I have zero stamina. And struggle to find energy to shower even twice a week. 2. I have all over pain all of the time. Does fibromyalgia tend to overlap with lupus? What is usually done for lupus patients to help with this?

1.Change your diet, restore your leaky gut, and take necessary supplements to help your body produce energy at the cellular level.

2.Yes, fibromyalgia and lupus are both inflammatory conditions the can cause inflammation.

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