Even today, many lupus sufferers are told by medical experts ‘diet doesn’t matter’. They are also told there is ‘no cure for lupus’.
In addressing the issue of diet, if what you eat matters when you are healthy, then what you eat when you’re ill is not only important it’s essential. So much so that it can make, or break your health and quality of life.
Another falsehood is that lupus can’t be healed. Being someone who has healed lupus I beg to differ, and I’m not the only one who is now lupus-free. At minimum, symptoms of lupus can be greatly reduced with a significant return to a better quality of life if the appropriate steps are taken. That starts with your diet.
It’s said by many in the scientific community that at least 80 percent of your immune system is affected by your digestive tract. Therefore, it’s the first line of defence you must work with to get your lupus symptoms under control.
A powerful way to support your digestion is to ensure your body has the ability to absorb, therefore utilize the nutrients from your food. Two sources that support this are digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are living microorganisms that work to support the microflora in your GI (gastrointestinal) tract. The word probiotics in Greek means ‘for life’.
One of its main functions is to support digestion and processing waste. (Now consider the term ‘antibiotics’ and it’s function). Probiotics are also commonly used to help prevent diarrhea by replacing the lost healthy bacteria, often caused by antibiotic use. They nourish, rebuild and provide a protective barrier of the intestinal lining and restore good bacteria to the bowel.
What are digestive enzymes?
Enzymes are energized protein molecules necessary for all life. They turn the food we eat into the energy we use in our body.
Digestive enzymes interact and work synergistically with vitamins, minerals, water and other nutrients to perform vital roles and do not change or get consumed in the process. They are responsible for running every function of the body such as digestion, cell/tissue/organ repair, maintaining the bones, skin, muscles, and nerves, plus energy production, and brain stimulation. Without these our body would not be able to sustain life.
Where Does the Body Get Enzymes?
Enzymes are secreted in the gastrointestinal tract and found in raw foods.
Eating a diet rich in raw foods helps the digestive process and therefore reduces the body’s need to secrete its own. If your body has to rely on its own enzymes when consuming cooked and processed foods, more stress is placed on your body and pancreas. Therefore, less energy is available for other important processes such as rebuilding and replacing damaged cells and tissues, which can reduce the immune systems effectiveness.
“The medical profession tells us that all disease is due to a lack or imbalance of enzymes. Our very lives are dependent upon them!”
Dr. DicQie Fuller
The Consequences of Incomplete Digestion
When food molecules are not digested properly and broken down to their smallest form, the body may view them as a foreign substance to the body and attack, causing inflammatory conditions and immune sensitivity. This is similar to the autoimmune response in lupus, which can result in symptoms such as arthritis, not to mention food allergies, digestive issues, fatigue, muscle pain, heart disease, asthma and migraines.
Studies have shown that for a number of chronic illnesses, such as lupus, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin disease, immune deficiencies, cancer (and more) decreased enzyme levels have been found.
Benefits of supplementing your body with digestive enzymes and probiotics are many, they include:
- Increase nutrient absorption
- Promote vitamin synthesis
- Inhibit disease causing organisms
- Improve digestion
- Prevent stomach upset and reduce constipation
- Improve allergy resistance
- Help carry away toxins
- Assimilate fats
- Purify the blood
- Increase white blood cell activity
- Support the endocrine system (hormones in the body)
- Balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Eliminate yeast
- Increase energy levels
- Help clean and dislodge accumulated decay of the colon
- Help kill viruses and parasites
- Help free up energy from digestion for other essential healing functions
Healing Lupus with Healthy Digestion
Many alternative health care practitioners believe all health issues are related in some way to the process of digestion. In addition to eating easy to digest foods, you may benefit from supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics.
Everything in your body is dependent on nutrition, and its proper absorption. It does no good to select highly nutritious foods if their nutrients are not being fully absorbed. If you are experiencing digestive issues, it is a good idea to see a health specialist as well.
With plenty of healthy enzymes that assure greater levels of digestion and absorption of your food you will see a difference in your health. The potential for a lupus cure through diet should not be overlooked, and it is my hope that doctors will take up the care of their patients with natural modalities for lupus and other disease treatment in the future.