A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Lupus Nephritis
I had a question the other day about lupus nephritis.
Lupus nephritis is inflammation of the kidney that’s caused by systemic lupus erythematosus.
With lupus, the body’s immune system targets its own body tissues.
Lupus nephritis happens when lupus involves your kidneys.
Up to 60% of people with lupus will develop lupus nephritis.
When your kidneys are inflamed, they can’t function normally and can leak protein.
If not controlled, lupus nephritis can lead to kidney failure.
Lupus nephritis is a serious problem.
Its symptoms, though, aren’t always dramatic.
For many, the first noticeable symptom is swelling of the legs, ankles and feet.
Less often, there can be swelling in your face or hands.
Other symptoms can vary from person to person and from day to day.
They may include:
>High blood pressure
>Foamy, frothy urine
>The need to urinate during the night
Not all urinary or kidney problems in people with lupus are due to lupus nephritis.
People with lupus may also be prone to urinary tract infections.
Certain lupus medications can also affect your kidneys and cause swelling and other symptoms like those of lupus nephritis.
Problems related to these drugs usually go away when the drugs are no longer used.
There are 5 different types of lupus nephritis.
Treatment is based on the type of lupus nephritis, which is determined by the biopsy.
Since symptoms and severity vary from person to person, treatments are individually tailored to meet your particular circumstances.
Even with treatment, loss of kidney function sometimes progresses.
If both kidneys fail, people with lupus nephritis may need dialysis.
Certain lifestyle habits can help protect your kidneys.
To deal with lupus nephritis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*Consume plenty of fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya (anti-inflammatory properties).
*Avoid all dairy products.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers).
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