Lupus Q&A: Melasma, Getting Diagnosed, Fighting Fatigue, and Lupus Diet

a couple of months ago

Click on the video above to watch this week’s Lupus Q&A. The questions and answers are below if you prefer to read 🙂

Kathleen James: Anything on lightening my face and neck? I have darkened so bad over the last few years.

Hey Kathleen. I struggled with melasma after pregnancy and after my two flares, which involved my kidneys.
Melasma, which is darkening of the skin, is thought to be due to the post pregnancy fluctuations of hormones, sun exposure, and stress.
It served as a indicator of my health status, as my face darkened just before the flares and lightened as my flares were controlled.
In eastern medicine, it is thought that the gut dysfunction causes the discoloration on the face, so the gut restoration protocol may be worth while.
Externally, I used laser treatment and Obagi skin care, which is prescribed only by a dermatologist, and now it’s faded.
But as with anything, it’s the collective approach of addressing the inside to fix the outside. If your cells are health, you’ll glow on the outside.
To recap, I’ve tried everything from chemical peels to various whitening formulations.
Key was to address my gut dysfunction.  Once it was healed, then my skin improved.
Laser treatment and Obagi skin care helped with the hyper pigmentation, but I truly believe it was a collective effort, not just the cream or the diet.
  1. So ask your dermatologist about your options if you’ve got good coverage. It’s not likely covered by insurance and it’s not cheap.
  2. Wear sunscreen everyday under makeup and stay away from the sun when the rays are strongest, which is between late morning to mid afternoon.
  3. Follow the gut restoration protocol from lupusfarmacy.com or the free version of the elimination diet guide found under “files” in our Facebook group.

Angei Sellick: I am fighting for a diagnosis currently. I’ve had 3 positive ANA blood tests and have loads of symptoms. How did you get your diagnosis please?

Hi Angela, I would ask your doctor about Avise testing.
Often, patients take up to 5 years to be diagnosed. I would get busy healing yourself. Follow the program that I share, especially the diet guides on lupusrebel.com and alkalinewellness.com.
My work is inspired from frustrations that I had with the “sick care” medical system. We are all about shifting you to an alkaline state to fight and reverse disease. And yes, it can be done.

Harriet Diver: Best ways to fight fatigue.

I would have to say that you’re fatigued because you’re not metabolically sound.  There can be multitude of reasons for your fatigue, but what I do know for sure is that you can change your state if you apply what you learn.
 
Your body is busy fighting with itself and that takes a toll on you. In order to reverse it, you need to start with the diet; restore your gut so your cells have a chance to absorb and use the nourishment in an effective and efficient way.  
 
Again, it all comes down to changing the way we live, which has to do with what we put into our body, choosing to incorporate movement, and taking care of our brain health (motivation is overrated). Take action daily to change your mental state.  If you get busy doing and show up despite how you feel, then you’ll be surprised at how quickly you recover and your body turns around.  

Bee Bli: I’ve been diagnosed with lupus for more than 10 years. I do yoga and follow an alkaline diet. I bought your supplements and I’m so excited to see the result. I have lost a lot of weight during avoiding lots of food, and I got to the point where I need to maintain my weight and strengthen the muscles and bones. I’m wondering about the best natural protein source and carbs for alkaline diet if you are vegan. There are of course a combination of factors, but if you want to name only one food, fruit or vegetable to play the greatest role in treating lupus patients, what is it? What do you reckon as golden food for lupus? Thank you Connie

Hello Bee, that’s awesome!  You’ll definitely notice a difference with the supplements.  
 
Being vegan is a challenge because vegan protein sources don’t contain a complete amino acid profile on their own.  So you’ll have to combine foods, such as grains and beans, to get the complete protein. 
With the autoimmune diet protocols that are touted, they don’t believe you should eat grains and beans because of phytic acid and lectin content. But I believe you can remove phytic acid and lectin if you eat organic and soak beans and grains before cooking them.  
 
Their premise for avoiding grains and beans is because phytic acid and lectin lead to leaky gut.  
 So I was a vegan when I was diagnosed with lupus.  I was advised to eat meat for my body type, so I do eat meat occasionally to ensure that I’m getting the protein, and I’d have to tell you I feel a lot better eating compared to when I was not eating it.  
 
I eat only the animals humanely raised and treated.  
 
But I respect your personal preference. You can use hemp seeds and eat quinoa, which do provide you with complete protein.
 
And I would advise a good source protein powder. I can provide you with a link if you are interested. Email info@alkalinewellness.com to get the recommendations from me.  
 
Thanks so much, I will see you shortly this Friday!
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