Lupus Q&A: Probiotics, Lupus Gut Healing Diet, and PMS and Flares

by | Jul 9, 2018 | Lupus Blog | 0 comments

Pamela Geary Wood: Connie, are you familiar with the probiotic by “Align” (relieves/manages symptoms of IBS). It is what my doctor recommended, curious if you know/feel it is sufficient. Thank you for your time 🙂

Hi Pamela, there are three specific beneficial strains of probiotics: bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, and sacromyeces bollardi.

Align has Bifidobacterium 1 billion CFU only.

For someone with gut issues, I typically recommend a probiotic that contains all beneficial strains and contains 20 Billion CFU of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium Lactobacillus plantarum, as well as 2 billion CFU of Saccharomyeces boulardii.

Gloria Dowling: I recently became aware that I have an autoimmune disease, very likely Lupus due to speckled ANA result. Additionally and more disturbing was that I have cirrhosis of the liver which is enlarged and an enlarged spleen. I have never been a large consumer of alcohol or medicine. Additionally, leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. My doctors and I have agreed that addressing the liver is the focus at this point. In the meantime I have been focusing on a wellness plan which includes acupuncture & chiropractor to deal with the inflammation and pain management. This has helped immensely. I am working on my diet now which is extremely difficult and confusing. I decided to start with your Lupus Gut Healing diet, which is helping. My questions are given the liver, can I drink coffee? As this is recommended. Secondly are limes interchangeable with lemons for the detox water? Thank you!!!

Hi Gloria, I’m so glad our Gut Healing Diet is helping. Yes, you can drink coffee. There’s new research to state that drinking coffee can actually decrease your risk of death by cirrhosis by up to 66%.

As for the lime and lemon debate, yes, they are essentially the same in nutrient value despite the color and taste difference.  I personally like the flavor of lemon better, but it’s up to you.

Regina Legendre: Is Naltrexone good to take for lupus? What are the side effects?

Yes, LDN (low dose naltrexone) is looking very favorable for those with Lupus and I’m loving myself on it.  I’m currently on 3 mg daily and it has helped me to be mentally sharp.

At low dose, LDN works to decrease overall inflammation. It specifically works to improve endorphin levels in autoimmune conditions because we know that immune system disorders like Lupus can occur with low levels of endorphins.

Low dose naltrexone is between 1.0-4.5 mg/d, vs 50-100 mg used typically for opiate and alcohol dependence.

In essence, it decreases autoimmunity by regulating our T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells.
It can also reduce neuro-inflammatory pain.

The side effects of LDN are minimal. It can make you have nightmares and cause dizziness and drowsiness.  If you have cirrhosis or elevated liver enzymes, you should consult your doctor about it.  But because it’s such a low dose, the side effects are uncommon.

Gisela Delgado: I’m a recent diagnosed loopie. It’s been a learning process. I get lost, confused & frustrated. I’m still learning my triggers, how to become alkaline, be kind to myself etc…not easy! But now I’ve learned that PMS is one of my biggest battles. Brings a lot of my symptoms back. So seems I’ll be having a flare every month? So not fair! —- what can I do to prevent this?

There is a direct correlation between lupus and hormones.  The key is to decrease inflammation.  Because so much of our hormones are metabolized through our liver, it’s not a bad idea to eat a clean, alkaline diet.  I would follow the Gut Healing Guide (can be purchased here) or the elimination diet (free version in our facebook group).

I would also take a good quality fish oil and probiotic to help your body find a happy balance as not to cause so much disruption when you do have your menstrual cycle.

Again, it’s not an isolated hormone issue, it’s a collective whole systems issue that warrants you to take a holistic stance and get the gut functioning right so that your hormones, immune system, and your liver and kidneys can be optimized.

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