As you know I am very keen on treating my SLE through natural remedies, especially diet, since I've had no luck with taking any of the prescribed drugs (see my earlier blogs for details about the disaster I had with steroids). I have had some real success with this over the past few months. At the end of November 2012 I was able to tell my Rheumatologist how my physical symptoms had greatly reduced since sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet, and now I no longer needed to even take painkillers (I was taking 3 x 250mg Naproxen daily before). He was very impressed and encouraged me to continue with the diet.
For me the diet is about eliminating the foods that I know cause inflammation in my body: sugar, wheat and gluten, and I also avoid chocolate and dairy most of the time as this can also cause headaches. I also eat probiotic foods, like sauerkraut, live yoghurt (I make my own kefir soya yoghurt) and regularly make chicken stocks to use in soups and stews which has a healing effect on the gut wall. This is working for me.
However as I said in my last blog, I was being referred to the Neurologist because of worrying neuro symptoms such as cognitive impairment (bad brain fog) memory problems and mood swings associated with this, including negative voices in my head. I also suffer from vertigo and dizziness.
However, in December, I suffered with a horrible virus for 3 weeks, where I felt sick all of the time and didn't eat very much, and I became very underweight. However, once I'd finally kicked the virus out of my system and eaten enough to regain my normal weight, I realised that I felt fantastic! I could think clearly, had no brain fog or memory problems, and what's more, I had lots of energy too!
Have you heard of the 5:2 fasting diet? It came out of a BBC documentary last August, where Dr Michael Mosely researched the benefits of regular fasting and found that a whole range of health benefits emerged from his research. Here's a link to an article about it:
I recently bought his book and was surprised to find that regular fasting can help the part of the brain responsible for memory (and cognitive processing of new information) to grow. I put two and two together and realised that perhaps my prolonged fast in December was the reason that my neuro symptoms got so much better. In fact I realised I no longer needed to go see the neurologist anymore so I cancelled the appointment ! So I've started the 5:2 diet as of last week and it's going well.
Today I found some more information that I must share with you about the dangers of consuming Aspartame (an artificial sweetener found in all diet sodas), which can be responsible for poisoning the brain and producing symptoms like MS and SLE. Here's a link to the facebook article :
I wish you all well on your own Lupus journeys.