Before I begin…I am not a doctor or nutritionist. I am simply sharing my experience and my own quest for information that might help tame the wolf!
Read on… 🙂
I started a gluten-free diet this week. I came across several articles, a webinar and other lupus patients about a gluten-free diet helping to lessen inflammation. People with celiac disease, another autoimmune condition that attacks the small intestines, have no choice but to go on a gluten-free diet because their immune system goes haywire and attacks the small intestines. Because of this somewhat similar immune system response, I guess folks had the idea that going gluten-free might help people with autoimmune diseases quiet the immune response. I also read on celiac.org that people who have gluten-sensitivity (not diagnosed with celiac disease) may also feel relief from joint pain when going on a gluten-free diet.
Right now, it doesn’t seem that there is any scientific evidence to show that a gluten-free diet is helpful in reducing inflammation in non-celiac disease patients, but I figured I would give it a try. The diet seems balanced (not as restrictive and hard to maintain like the paleo diet…which I tried for a time). So, ½ a week in, I seem to be doing ok. I am sure I won’t see any results until a month or more (as Twitter folks have reminded me), so hopefully I don’t drop the ball.
I just have been so inflamed lately that I really just want to get back to normal. Especially in the hands and feet, my tissues have been tough, bulky and painful (especially the feet since they hit the ground all the time). I started taking turmeric weeks ago because that has a long-standing reputation as being a good way to combat inflammation. I didn’t like the spice on its own, so I bought supplements. Here is an article from the Arthritis Foundation about turmeric.
Other lupus patients have also committed to cutting refined sugar and incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet. A couple of foods on the list are berries, beans, nuts and fish.
In any case, that’s what’s been going on. I don’t know what the result will be. We’ll see how things go.