Gut Health and Lupus: Uncovering the Powerful Connection
As a lupus warrior and holistic nutritionist, I've long suspected that gut health plays a vital role in managing lupus symptoms. Recent research from NYU Langone Health confirms this connection. This is why I highlight the importance of gut health in promoting healing from the inside out.
The Gut-Lupus Connection:
The study, published in 2023, reveals a strong link between specific bacterial growth, Ruminococcus blautia gnavus, in the gut and lupus flare-ups. This discovery emphasizes the need to prioritize gut health in lupus management. New research from NYU Grossman School of Medicine shows that bacterial blooms of the gut bacterium Ruminococcus blautia gnavus occurred at the same time as disease flare-ups in 5 of 16 women with lupus of diverse racial backgrounds studied over a four-year period.
“Our goal is to use our growing understanding of the biological pathways that underpin the disease to develop new treatments that prevent or treat flares for all forms of lupus,” said a senior study investigator and immunologist.
Is it possible to take control of our own gut health? Can we manage the overgrowth of this bacteria from our own practices, like controlling what we eat and how we feed our microbiome?
Probiotics to the Rescue:
I believe that our gut health determines our health outcomes. We can, in fact, take control of our gut health to improve the function of our immune system to protect us from harmful bacteria. Certain probiotics have shown potential in combating the overgrowth of Ruminococcus blautia gnavus. These include Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium breve, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium lactis.
Incorporating fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and coconut-based yogurt can support the growth of these healthy and live bacteria. It's also important to incorporate whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains, as these are pre-biotics, filled with fiber, that help probiotics thrive.
Minimizing foods that feed onto harmful bacteria is key. This includes minimizing and even avoiding processed foods and foods high in saturated fats, refined oils, and sugars.
Note: My thoughts on probiotic capsules are that they may not always be very effective since they are inactive and not live foods. Some probiotics are available at markets like Whole Foods, where these are chilled and refrigerated, thus active.
Here is a probiotic capsule that I have recommended to my community, and they have noticed an improvement in their digestive health.
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Remember that everyone's gut microbiome is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Consulting a healthcare professional before starting new supplements is essential.
Gut health matters, and it's time to take control of our well-being. We can reduce inflammation and promote healing by embracing whole foods, probiotics, and fermented foods.
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