Making healthy lifestyle choices is key.
Lupus, an autoimmune disease can cause a lot of inflammation, most commonly in your skin and joints. It can also affect other parts of the body. Making healthy lifestyle choices are important to manage the symptoms. Learning how to manage the daily challenges of a disease that’s both chronic and unpredictable is key to living well with lupus. Here are some tips to help you improve your quality of life while dealing with lupus.
A flare is when lupus symptoms are suddenly worsening. Stress can trigger a lupus flare and increase lupus pain when symptoms are active. Living a low-stress lifestyle is essential to manage these flares. Start identifying all sources of stress in your life, and then find activities that help you to relax. Asking for help when your lupus symptoms are causing you pain, stiffness, and fatigue is also one way to reduce stress.
Exercise Is Essential
Regular exercise is important to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is linked to increased inflammation, so exercise is good for joint health and reducing joint pain. A regular workout regime of low-impact exercise like swimming or walking can help reduce stress, improve strength and movement. It can also reduce the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease.
Avoid Too Much Sun
It’s reported that two-thirds of people with lupus have increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. This is because sun exposure triggers a lupus flare. A lot of lupus medication also makes you more sensitive to the sun. If you’re out and about, remember to slather sunblock and cover-up. Choose a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and broad-spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB protection.
Seek for Vitamin D
A research review published in 2013 found that a decrease in vitamin D levels was associated with an increase in lupus symptoms. Lack of sun exposure could be the culprit of this deficiency. Since too much exposure can trigger lupus flares, Vitamin D supplements are advisable if levels are low. Check with your doctor about whether this is a good option for you.
Smoking is a big no-no as it is linked to increased inflammation. It could also add to the risk of arteries hardening, a condition called atherosclerosis, in which people with lupus are already at a higher risk than people without it. Smoking could also cause lupus flares and worsen lupus symptoms.
Calcium Is Key
There is no specific lupus diet to adhere to. The strong line between lupus and heart diseases points to a heart-healthy diet plan. Incorporate a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your meals. Stick to fish and poultry as your source of protein, and most importantly, make sure you get plenty of calcium for bone and joint health. You should reduce salt intake if you experience fluid retention or high blood pressure.
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