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5 Ways Intermittent Fasting Can Help Calm Lupus: A Promising Approach

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Yet recent studies suggest that Intermittent Fasting may help manage and potentially reduce the severity of lupus. In this blog post, we'll explore five ways intermittent fasting can help calm lupus.

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Genny "breaking" her "fast" with hydrating fruits

I have been religiously practicing intermittent fasting during my healing journey with lupus and I have experienced many benefits, for example, better sleep, less bloating and more energy. Let's get into it.

Reduced Inflammation

We know how powerful reducing inflammation is for lupus.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body by decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (inflammatory cells). Inflammation is a hallmark symptom of lupus, and reducing it can help alleviate symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, and skin rashes.

Based on an intermittent fasting research article published in the National Institute of Health, "Studies show that intermittent fasting may have beneficial effects on various autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus, by reducing inflammatory markers, modulating the immune system, altering and improving gut microbiota, and enhancing cellular repair mechanisms through autophagy" We'll talk more about autophagy.

Improved Insulin Sensitivity

Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity by increasing the body's ability to uptake and utilize glucose. Many individuals with lupus struggle with insulin resistance because we can't break down foods properly, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes fatigue, and other hormonal health issues. Quick tip, taking digestive enzymes with each meal help break down food.*

A view on intermittent fasting and insulin sensitivity

Enhanced Autophagy

What's that? Autophagy is the process by which the body cleans out damaged cells and proteins. Intermittent fasting stimulates autophagy, which may help remove damaged cells and reduce the severity of lupus symptoms.

Improved Mental Clarity

Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve mental clarity and focus. Lupus patients often experience brain fog and cognitive impairment, which can be alleviated by improved mental clarity. I talk more about the brain and gut connection here.

Reduced Oxidative Stress

hydrating radishes

Oxidative stress is a key player in lupus pathology, and intermittent fasting has been shown to reduce oxidative stress by decreasing the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (inflammatory markers). Reducing oxidative stress can help reduce the severity of lupus symptoms and potentially slow disease progression.

By reducing inflammation, improving insulin sensitivity, enhancing autophagy, improving mental clarity, and reducing oxidative stress, intermittent fasting may play a role in healing from lupus. Intermittent fasting may not be for everyone. As always, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new diet or fasting regimen, especially if you have a chronic medical condition like lupus.

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How do I practice intermittent fasting? I align my eating and hydration schedule with the circadian rhythm. I eat my last meal at sunset, then start my day with hydration (when the sun rises). I then eat my first meal 14 hours after my last (around 10a), especially with hydrating fruits. I always listen to my body.

Do you practice intermittent fasting? Was this article helpful? Let me know if the comments.

In Love in Good Health,

Genny Mack

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