When thinking about losing weight in 2012 first consider about what did and didn't work the last time you were on a diet. Was it too restrictive? Did it eliminate hunger and cravings? Was it boring? Did it provide enough structure? Some plans will tell you exactly what to eat and when. Ask yourself: How long can I stay on this? If you have a lot of weight to lose then this is important. On the other hand, if you have only 15 or 20 lbs, and the diet is fast, most dieters can do just about anything. Several 2 and 3 year weight loss studies were completed last year. They showed similar weight loss independent of the food plan.

You can lose weight on any diet plan with reduced food. There is nothing magical about low carb, high protein or low fat. However, If you try to follow a diet based on food you do NOT like or are unfamiliar with, after one or two months you will go back to what you like to eat. Many dieters need to stop wasting time, effort on money on diets that are not for them.

You don't have to be skinny to be healthy. If you lose 10% of your body weight, your medical problems and complicati=ons are diminished.

MOST DIET PLANS PRODUCE THE SAME RESULTS: Changing the amount of protein, fats, carbs or counting calories result in almost identical weight loss at the end of one year and especially two years. If all different kinds of diets yield the same results, why are we spending so much money and effort restricting one food group or giving up something?

SUCCESSFUL DIETERS FOLLOW THEIR OWN PLAN: These ground breaking studies show the same results: successful dieters are those that tailor the plan to fit their personal food and culture preferences rather attempting to follow the newest diet trend. The proof is in; no one can follow a crazy diet for more than a few weeks. In the end, feelings of deprivation only lead to failure and a return to the old eating habits.

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A DIET PLAN?

AUTHOR: Who is the author: MD or PhD, dietitian, trainer, celebrity, commercial plan?

WHAT IS THE CONCEPT? Is it a fad diet, low calorie, low fat, low carb, portion control, strenuous exercise, can it be made personal?

WHAT IS THE PROOF IT WORKS?: How long has the diet been around and is there proof that it will work? How complicated is it? Compare with Weight Watchers which really works and has been around for many years.

WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS? Shopping, special foods, recipes, counting phases, multiple meals, prepared meals, shakes?

DO YOU LIKE THE FOODS AND BEVERAGES IT OFFERS? If you end up with a lot of foods that you do not like, the diet is a sure waste of money and is not sustainable.

PERMANENT: Can the changes you make become sustainable when the diet finishes? Ask yourself: “Will I be able to do it forever?” – It's that simple

COSTS AND EASE OF DOING THE DIET: Can you afford the diet, this IS especially important in the diets that have meals delivered to your home which can cost more than 0.00 a week. Do you have time to shop for special foods and do extensive preparations in recipe based diet plans.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE DIET PLANS FOR 2012: I have shown the unique features of each plan and tried to rate each plan. Generally they fall into Elimination Plans(one food group is eliminated for another), Recipe Plans( low calorie, low carb or low fat recipe based) or Meal Delivery-to-Your -Door- plans.

Medifast.++ This plan delivers to your home meals that are low-fat and have a low glycemic index. They are safe for clients with type 2 diabetes. vegetarians, seniors, nursing mothers, people with gout, and people undergoing bariatric surgery.

Trim360: + The Trim360 weight loss program is based on high-protein hunger busting meal replacements and snacks delivered right to your door. All are low calorie, low fat and low glycemic index foods.

The Baby Food Diet (avoid it): Celebrities Lady Ga Ga, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston are reportedly fans of this diet. It calls for eating up to 4 jars of pureed food or baby food every day. It works because of portion control and restricted calories. Not even a baby should be made to do this.

Raw Food Diet (avoid it): It's the practice of eating raw uncooked food and non-pasteurised/non-homogenised dairy products. This diet can be used by vegans and meat eaters. It works because its low fat and low calories. Many of the higher calorie raw foods are excluded like rice, pasta, bread and potatoes. The diet takes a lot of time and has little chance of long term success. This diet is time consuming; socially isolating and you'll have an awful lot of chewing to do.

Blood Group Diet (avoid it): This diet is completely based on pseudo-science. It claims that different nutrients are broken down in the body based on the body's blood type. Blood Group A – No dairy products allowed and a vegetarian-based diet. Blood Group B – A more varied intake of food and the only blood group able to manage' dairy products. Blood Group AB – Combination of diets A and B. Blood Group O – High meat intake, no dairy, no wheat, no grains – like Atkins You lose weight on this diet because your calorie intake is very restricted but this diet is not sustainable in the long term.

Alcorexia/Drunkorexia Diet (so bad, I cannot even comment on it): This is the diet that many models prefer; they eat few calories and save the calories to binge on alcohol. Alcohol has little to no nutrition. The whole idea is crazy and dangerous.

Dukan Diet + A complicated four-phase diet that starts off with a protein only approach that promotes weight loss of around 7 lb per week. There is absolutely no solid science behind this at all. It works on restricting foods, calories and portions. Phases include Attack (all protein), then Cruise (add vegetables), then Consolidation and finally, Stabilization. The length of each phase depends on the pounds to lose. The diet is so confusing, very rigid, and full of foods that cause constipation, bad breathe and fatigue.

Nutrisystem, Jennie Craig: +++ Nothing new here, the same old prepared meal systems. Expensive and perhaps good for 20 lbs or less, but not a long term solution.

Biggest Loser Club: ++ This is an ambitious weight loss program. The exercise recommendations are an integral and essential part of the program and include a full mix of both cardio and strength training on a daily basis. A good deal of commitment is required to stay the course.

Bistro MD Gourmet Diet: + Bistro is like having a “chef, dietitian and a weight management physician” right in your kitchen. Every recipe is prepared to Dr. Cederquist's strict nutritional guidelines and is delivered to you. Programs start at 9.00 per week.

Diet-to-Go:++ This is the diet delivery plan that has been around for 20 years. Diet-to-Go's diet plans are highly customizable fitting into almost anyone's schedules and budgets. You can also choose between local pickup, if you live in the area or Fed Exp delivery.

Joy Bauer's LIFE Diet: ++ Today show expert Joy Bauer has transformed her popular diet into a step-by-step online program. Offering on line profiles, good carbs, low fat, and lean protein recipes. It's coupled with an exercise program all on- line.

Flat Belly Diet: (This has been my annual winner of worst diet of the year until the Alcorexia/Drunkorexia Diet.) This is just a little bit better especially if you like to drink sassy water which is better than getting into an alcohol stupor every day. Pros: Not much, unless you like Sassy Water.

Sonoma Diet: Pros: ++ Not a proven concept, lots of pleasing foods focus on “healthy foods.” Lots of Mediterranean diet foods. You need to like these types of foods. Cons: many recipes, preparations, focus on oils, whole grains, not very practical to do for permanent changes. Foods can be expensive and involve a lot of preparation.

Fat Smash: ++ It works, if you can keep on it. Cons: phases, no proof detoxification has value, 4-5 meals a day, lots of preparation and shopping, too complicated for long periods of time and not practical for most dieters.

Low Carb Diets Atkins, South Beach, Zone D +++ Pros: Lots of experience, they work Cons: Low carb with little variety, high drop out rate, unsustainable, South Beach relies on frozen meals, no exercise regimes

Sensa:+ + A new concept based on reducing hunger by imitating tastes. Sensa powder sends message to brain to reduce hunger. Based on sensory specific satiety principle. Now offering a free month try it, they advertise 5 lb weight loss per month. Not bad for sprinkling a little powder on your food.

The New HCG Diet: ++++ Clearly one of the winners with relatively inexpensive, rapid and safe weight loss. Focus is on carb reduction and increasing metabolism and fat burning. HCG diet has been around for 50 years.

About the author:

Source: http://www.sooperarticles.com/health-fitness-articles/weight-loss-articles/new-diet-plans-2012-753854.html


special diet for people with lupus

24 thoughts on “Special Diet For People With Lupus

    1. kuku

      Anemia occurs because patients either can’t produce enough red blood cells or because red blood cells are lost (bleeding) or destroyed faster than they can be produced. Many different causes of anemia exist.
      Iron deficiency anemia. This is the most common type of anemia. It happens when you don’t have enough iron in your body. You need iron to make hemoglobin. This can happen when you lose blood from problems like heavy periods, ulcers, colon polyps, or colon cancer. A diet that doesn’t have enough iron in it can also cause IDA. Pregnancy can also cause IDA if there’s not enough iron for the mother and fetus.
      Megaloblastic (or vitamin deficiency) anemia. This most often happens when your body doesn’t get enough folic acid or vitamin B-12. These vitamins help your body keep healthy blood and a healthy nervous system. With this type of anemia, your body makes red blood cells that can’t deliver oxygen right. Sometimes, with this disease, your health care provider may not realize you’re not getting enough B-12. This usually happens to someone with pernicious anemia, a type of autoimmune disease. B-12 deficiency may also be more common in people with other autoimmune diseases, like Crohn’s disease. Not getting enough B-12 can cause numbness in your legs and feet, problems walking, memory loss, and problems seeing. The treatment depends on the cause. But you may need to get B-12 shots or take special B-12 pills.
      Underlying diseases. Certain diseases can hurt the body’s ability to make red blood cells. For example, people with kidney disease, especially those getting dialysis (takes out wastes from your blood if your kidneys can’t), are at higher risk for developing anemia. Their kidneys can’t create enough hormones to make blood cells, and iron is lost in dialysis.
      Inherited blood disease. If you have a blood disease in your family, there is a higher risk that you will also have this disease. One type of inherited blood disease is sickle cell anemia. Instead of having normal red blood cells that move through blood vessels easily, sickle cells are hard and have a curved edge. These cells cannot squeeze through small blood vessels and block the organs from getting blood. Your body destroys sickle red cells quickly, but it can’t make new red blood cells fast enough. This causes anemia. Another inherited blood disease is thalassemia. It happens when the body is missing certain genes or when variant (different from normal) genes are passed down from parents that affect how the body makes hemoglobin.
      Aplastic anemia. This rare problem happens when your body doesn’t make enough red blood cells. Since this affects the white blood cells too, there is a higher risk for infections and bleeding that can’t be stopped. This can be caused by many things: cancer treatments (radiation or chemotherapy) exposure to toxic chemicals (like those used in some insecticides, paint, and household cleaners) some drugs (like those that treat rheumatoid arthritis) autoimmune disease(like lupus)viral infection that affects bone marrow or
      bone marrow diseases

    1. glrjch

      I found this on a website and maybe this could help you out! Good Luck! I just took a lttle off of the website go there and check out all of it, there is like 10 pages!

      First things first
      The time to start taking care of your body is before you get pregnant. Studies have shown that you increase your odds of having a healthy baby if you are in the best possible physical condition before you conceive.

      Your answers to the questions in our Preconception Checklist should give you an idea of how physically ready your body is to support a pregnancy. These are also the types of questions your caregiver is likely to ask at your first appointment.

      CHECKLIST: PRECONCEPTION

      Do you skip meals regularly?

      Are you on any type of special diet that might prevent your body from getting the range of nutrients required to support a pregnancy?

      Do you smoke?

      Do you consume alcohol?

      Do you drink coffee?

      Are you using any prescription medications or using any other types of drugs?

      Are you taking any vitamins?

      Do you currently have or have you ever had any sexually transmitted diseases, such as genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, venereal warts, or HIV/AIDS?

      Do you have any chronic health conditions, such as epilepsy, lupus, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, PKU, or kidney disease?

      Have you been immunized against rubella (German measles)?

      Have you been screened for Hepatitis B?

      Have you had your flu shot? (Getting a flu shot is not de rigueur unless you have serious health problems, such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes, which could place you at risk for flu-related complications.)

      Is your workplace free of hazards that could jeopardize the well-being of your baby?

      Are you more than 20% overweight or 15% underweight?

      Are you anemic?

      Have you ever had problems with your uterus, tubes, or cervix? Have these problems required surgery?

      Did your mother take a drug called DES when she was pregnant with you?

      Have you had two or more abortions during or after the 14th week of pregnancy?

      Have you had three or more miscarriages?

      Have you had five or more pregnancies?

      Have you given birth within the previous 12 months?

      Have you ever given birth to a baby who was either less than 51/2 pounds or more than 9 pounds at birth?

      Have you ever given birth to a stillborn baby?

      Have you ever given birth to a baby who died within the first month of life?

      Have you ever given birth to a baby with a birth defect?

      Have you given birth to a baby who required care in an intensive-care nursery?

      Have you experienced vaginal bleeding late in pregnancy?

      Do any of the following medical problems run in your family: high blood pressure, diabetes, hemophilia, birth defects, mental retardation, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, sickle-cell anemia, or thalassemia?

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      Note!
      Bring a copy of your answers to your preconception checkup so that you can discuss any areas of concern with your doctor or midwife.
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      Now let’s consider what a “yes” answer to any of these questions could mean in terms of your ability to conceive and carry a baby.

      Do you skip meals regularly?
      If you make a habit of skipping meals, your body could be missing out on some important nutrients, including folic acid and iron.

      It’s particularly important to ensure that your diet contains adequate quantities of folic acid. Studies have shown that women who consume at least 0.4 mg of folic acid each day reduce their chances of giving birth to a child with a neural tube defect (for example, anencephaly or spina bifida) by 50% to 70%.

      To increase your intake of this important nutrient, you should consume foods that are naturally high in folic acid, such as oranges, orange juice, honeydew melon, avocados, dark green vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, Romaine lettuce, spinach), asparagus, bean sprouts, corn, cauliflower, dried beans, nuts, seeds, bran cereals, whole-grain products, wheat germ, and fortified breakfast cereals. Talk to your doctor about taking a folic acid supplement as well.

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      Bright Idea
      Your mother was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast because you’re not hungry first thing in the morning, stop eating after 6 p.m. If you skip breakfast because you’re in too much of a rush in the morning, throw a banana, a cup of yogurt, and a couple of ice cubes into the blender and make a breakfast shake you can sip in the car on the way to work.
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      Because neural tube defects can occur very early on in pregnancy, it’s important to ensure that you have adequate levels of folic acid in your diet before you conceive. That’s why most doctors recommend that you consume adequate amounts of folic acid throughout your childbearing years.

      It’s also important to ensure that your diet contains sufficient quantities of iron. During pregnancy, a woman’s iron needs to double. The extra iron is required to create additional red blood cells that carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body as well as your growing baby.

      If you find that you are tired all the time, it could be because you’re low on iron. Try boosting your iron intake by consuming iron-rich foods, such as whole-grain and enriched cereals, lean meats, dried peas and beans, dark green vegetables, and dried fruits. Because vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, consume these iron-rich foods with a glass of orange juice or other foods that are high in vitamin C, such as melons, strawberries, grapefruits, raspberries, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and so on.

      Are you on any type of special diet that might prevent your body from getting the range of nutrients required to support a pregnancy?
      If you are a vegetarian or on a special diet to control diabetes or some other type of medical condition, be sure to consult with a nutritionist before you start trying to conceive. Your body may be lacking some important nutrients.

  1. Lacey

    I have lupus, what are some things I can do to decrease flare ups?
    I already take plaquenil and I have also had to take steroids, but I just wanted to know if anyone does anything special with their diet…or even vitamins that you take that seem to help. I have heard fish oil helps and of course increase in veggies and fruit. I was just interested in hearing what other people have done who have lupus. πŸ™‚

    1. β˜…β˜†βœΏβ€

      It definitely is frustrating. The flare ups seem to come out of no where! Different things trigger things for different people

      Stress seems to be a trigger for everyone though. It seems to be when you can least afford to be flared up you are. So do all you can to minimize stress.

      I’ve read that many people with Lupus find that they’re flared up by eating sprouts, like alfalfa sprouts. You probably don’t eat a lot of them, but try and avoid them.

      Some people find an anti-inflammatory diet to be helpful. I haven’t done a lot of research on it, but it does involve cutting out a lot of processed foods. I think you’ll find lots of information on this if you Google it. Omega 3, fish oil is definitely found to be helpful.

      Of course keeping out of the sun is a very important one if you’ve got Lupus and if you’re on Plaquenil

      It may be that Plaquenil isn’t enough to control your disease. There are other medications like Belysta and Cellcept. You should talk to your rheumatologist if this isn’t controlling your disease.

      Try and see if you can keep a diary of your symptoms and other things going on in your life. You might be able to work out what the big triggers are for you and if you can perhaps predict them.

      Good luck.

      ….

  2. AUTUMN M

    Your Lupus Experience?
    Just diagnosed with lupus (dsDNA antibody was positive) but I have to wait a few weeks before the rheumatologist can see me and my primary care doc isn’t exactly full of information. So I’m curious about your personal experience with lupus. I know everyone is different, but what has it been like for you?

    1. How long do your flare-ups last and how long do you usually go between flare-ups?
    2. What are your symptoms during flare-ups and how severe are they for you?
    3. Do you have any symptoms at all between flare-ups?
    4. Does your doctor have you on a special diet and/or exercise routine?
    5. Has your lupus affected any of your organs or other systems? Please tell me about that.
    6. Are you on meds? What has that been like for you?
    7. How do you cope and go about your life (work, family, etc.) during flare-ups?
    8. Does your lupus prevent you from doing anything?
    9. How do you deal with the poor memory/concentration and “lupus fog?” Does that improve when flare-ups are over or will they always be there?
    10. What is yor immune system like…do you get other colds, flu, etc. very easily?

    Any additional information you have about your experience would be really helpful. I know about all the informative websites, but they don’t tell me anything about a person’s personal experience with it.

    Thank you!

    1. jessie

      Hello,

      I actually created a Yahoo! account just to answer your question. πŸ™‚

      1.) My flare-up lasted about 2 months, but I have only had one. It was before and a little after I was diagnosed, which was about a year ago.

      2.) Severe pain in wrists and fingers (my lupus triggers arthritis), fatigue, head aches, nausea, and dizziness.

      3.) I did at first, but my medications are sorted out now, so I have no symptoms at the moment.

      4.) No, although exercise is recommended for lupus. It sounds crazy, but I feel so much better after a work out.

      5.) Yes; I have nephritis, arthritis, anemia, and Raynaud’s syndrome. Lupus affects everyone different, though.

      6.) It was hell at first! I was on a very high dosage of steroids, but now it is a lot lower. I take Prednisone, Cellcept, Omeprazole, Hydroxychlor, a multivitamin, and a Calcium supplement. The side affects were bad at first, but that was only because they had me on a high dose to stabalise me.

      7.) I have an IEP for school if needed. Family is supportive. πŸ™‚

      8.) It affected my fine motor skills before I was on medication. Now, it doesn’t affect me much.

      9.) (haven’t experienced that)

      10.) Stay away from sick people. My immune system has been ok for the most part, but when you do get sick, it’s 10 X worse than normal.

      Additional info:

      A good mental attitude is key. Surround yourselves with loved ones, and don’t let yourself feel down! Get involved with the Lupus Foundation. Good luck!

  3. jules vane

    Does anybody know someone who has Lupus?
    I’ve been seeing a girl who has Lupus. She has special diet needs and gets serious cramps or pains in her body quite often. She also has scars on her forehead, behind her ear and on her scalp where she has lost some of her hair (patches). I’ve done some reading on it, but could use someone’s personal experience with this illness. She’s a wonderful lady, and I want to know if there is anything I can do to ease her burden. She’s 30 and was diagnosed at 23. At one point, the doctors gave her 5 to 7 years to live, but that was more than 7 years ago. Thanks!

    1. huckleberry

      My cousin had Lupus and was diagnosed several years ago. She takes good care of herself, manages the symptoms as they arise, is very acitve and vibrant.

      She has good days and bad days. Her good days are incredible, her bad days can range from horrific to just bad.

      What can you do? Be there. For the good and bad days. Since Lupus has no “set’ pattern it will be a roller coaster ride. But your lady sounds wonderful and I can pretty much think that each moment with her will be worth the ride. Take the good with the bad knowing that all relationships have issues to deal with. At least you both know what those issues are.

  4. cortlin.harrison

    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin – may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain – if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

    1. Julzz33

      Yes, absolutely! There are several types of bacteria already living in your vagina: Gardnerella and yeast, among many others. The pH balance is what keeps one bacteria from overpowering the others, causing a vaginal infection. When the pH becomes unbalanced, one type of bacteria takes over and multiplies too quickly. For example, you can develop a yeast overgrowth (yeast infection) or a gardnerella overgrowth (bacterial vaginosis) simply by the pH of your vagina being “off”.

      Things that can throw off the pH include:
      – Washing with soap (only use water or special “external vaginal cleansers” to clean the area, since soap or bodywash is NOT pH balanced for the vagina)
      – Douching (yes, douching is actually not good for you – it unbalances the pH down there)
      – Eating a diet too high in refined carbs or sugar
      – Having untreated or uncontrolled diabetes, other endocrine disorders such as thyroid disease or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), autoimmune or immune deficiency diseases (HIV, Primary Immune Deficiency, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis),
      – Accidentally getting bowel bacteria in the vaginal area (E.Coli) from improper wiping (front to back only!)!
      – Leaving sweaty or damp gym clothes or swimsuits on too long
      – Wearing underwear that don’t breathe, such as nylon underwear (in order to maintain vaginal pH, cotton underwear are pretty much necessary).
      – Not enough healthy probiotics in the diet (acidophilus strains like you find in yogurt).

      Products that help re-balance the vaginal pH are Rephresh vaginal gel inserts, and probiotic pills such as Sustenex, Culturelle, Align, Pro-B, and Gynatren.

      ***Many people think urinary tract health is the same as maintaining vaginal pH, as another poster mentioned; however, this is a common misconception. Urinary tract infections are unrelated to vaginal pH or vaginal health; the urinary tract is completely separate from the vagina, as the bladder is a completely separate organ from the vaginal canal, cervix, etc. and doesn’t connect in any way. Maintaining vaginal health only means you will help avoid vaginal bacterial and yeast infections; it doesn’t have anything to do with preventing a UTI. A UTI is caused by getting E.Coli to migrate from the bowel opening (anus) to the urinary opening (again, which is separate from the vagina), then the bacteria migrates into the bladder. Bowel bacteria can also migrate into the vaginal canal and cause a vaginal infection, but this is again different and separate from a UTI. A UTI can also happen by having E.Coli or other specific bacteria passed down through the digestive tract into the bladder (much more rare). A UTI can also occur during sex, since the urinary opening is more susceptible to the transfer of bacteria during that time.

    1. marah p

      It depends on your personal kidney function. With a special diet limited in sodium, potassium, phosphates, and protein you can last a little longer. I just had a good friend that started going into kidney failure two years ago because of Lupus and he lasted the whole two years without going on dialysis being on this diet. It isn’t always recommended though; kidney transplant patients have a higher success rate if they have never been on dialysis, but as is the case with my friend- he was so sick by the time he got his kidney that now his recovery from the transplant is that much harder. Your kidneys filter your blood and produce urine, so your survival all depends on how much your body can take the build up of toxins.

  5. Chelsi

    Whats your opinion on bellybutton piercings?
    just wondering (: im getting one. but im slightly chubby haha. i have abs but theyre covered with a layer of chub (: is that unattractive? lol i dont really care honestly. opinions on my chub? lol

    1. Paisley Place

      Well, for starters, it’s not important what anyone thinks about a belly piercing except for you b/c a body piercing and body ink has to be special for you b/c you have to live with it.

      However, as a person who has had a navel piercing, I loved it except I didn’t count on being allergic to nickel. Many women are. I mean the stats are somewhere upwards of 75 to 80% of women who are allergic to nickel so you need to know ahead of time or just skip the whole process of surgical stainless steel b/c it does contain nickel (I know b/c I lost my navel piercing b/c it became infected although I have Lupus (SLE) & Sjogren’s Disease so I’m prone to infection & when I get infections, be they viral or bacterial, it can go sideways in a hurry). My doctor was willing to keep it checked but an infection started within days after & I had to have my jewelry taken out w/ special cleaning orders so it wouldn’t close up w/infection in the center of the piercing hole.

      Before you even considering a piercing artist, do some homework. Find out if the artist you have in mind has a health certification, what the rating is, & if they possess & use an autoclave. If not, go elsewhere to someone who does b/c piercings w/o an autoclave can spread HIV/Aids & even hepatitis. Ensure they use fresh gloves & use a hazardous waste bin for all items that are no longer sterile & req safe disposal. It will cost a bit more but considering the possibility of the alternative, it’s worth the extra $.

      As for the “chub”, there’s an answer here but it will take vigilance & it may require putting off your piercing, which is the best way. The best way to lose “chub” is in the water. Swimming laps uses every muscle in the body & doing this every day to 3-4 days a week will do wonders! I’ve personally lost 40lbs by swimming laps in the pool. It’s best to get up to 10 laps at each session but build up to it, don’t try to do it all at once. Just 1-2 laps a few times a week will make a major difference but will also req a change in diet & ensure you hydrate well w/lots of water. Cut down on sodas a little at a time & replace them with water & fresh juice or juice that’s “not-from-concentrate.” Eat a light healthy breakfast every day. If you must have coffee, switch to decaf or half-caf (various roasters carry half-caf beans) coffee. Buy a quality French Press, burr grinder, vac-sealed container after each removal to grind fresh coffee beans, & a hand-held frothing wand that can make 1% milk & even Silk milk creamy for coffee.

      At 1st, the weight loss on the scales won’t seem as if it’s truly lost but it is. It takes time to build up from toning muscles you didn’t know you had to reaching the point where the toning is done & the weight loss begins while maintaining the tone & muscle strength. Keep at it. If you do what I’ve mentioned above, plus let your doctor in on the regimen & only go thro w/it if he/she agrees. If you do, within a period of 3-4mos you can lose as high as 40lbs w/o seeming as if you’ve even tried. Oh, ask a swimmer who swims laps to teach you how to turn while in the water without having to stop so you can push off the wall after flipping at the end of a lap as you prepare to swim back in the direction you came. It can shave time off your laps.

      If you’re sore, soak for 10 to 15mins in the spa at the fitness center or the YMCA. Most have a hot tub area. It will help reduce soreness & muscle tightening from using muscles you didn’t know you had.

      Ask your piercing artist how long you should stay out of the water after your piercing & follow the directions to the letter. You don’t want infection & you certainly don’t want the burn from chlorine in the pools & spas b/c commercial spas/pools have a higher chlorine amount added than that of a home in-ground poo/lap-pool. If you’re a natural or bottle blond (I’ve been for 25+yrs), stop by your hairdressers for special shampoo/conditioner to remove chlorine from hair to prevent it from becoming brassy from the chlorine. A swim cap helps too.

      Keep up the swimming & healthy diet, healthier coffee (Bodum French Press) & burr grinder w/fresh coffee beans (half-caf from roaster not grocer) using RO water & light to 1% milk while watching what you eat by sticking w/broiled, boiled, grilled, or baked foods w/little meat & more fruits/veggies & you can show off your new abs & navel piercing!

      FYI: I haven’t had time to have my navel re-pierced but I did have my left nostril pierced. I wear 1 of 2 gold (10K gold) nose bones w/2mm high-quality diamonds in my piercing. It’s elegant & goes w/everything. I keep a few retainers in case I have to have tests run that req removing my jewelry but I pop the nose bone back into place shortly after w/o a problem. Best of all, I’m happy w/it.

    1. marah p

      It depends on your personal kidney function. With a special diet limited in sodium, potassium, phosphates, and protein I know a person can last a little while without dialysis at all. I just had a good friend that started going into kidney failure two years ago because of Lupus and he lasted the whole two years without going on dialysis being on this diet. Your kidneys filter your blood and produce urine, so your survival all depends on how much your body can take the build up of toxins. I wouldn’t do it without talking to your doctor first though.

  6. LULU

    Is there a special diet for people with Lupus? Can you provide me with a diet on what and not to eat?

    My primary medical doctor let it slip out that I had lupus so now she is sending me to see Endo and Rhematoid doctors. However, my allergy doctor told me that he thinks I have is SLE. I once had long hair and now I am bald, yes bald. They tell me that I’m in Chronic Renal Failure. So I’m mainly trying to get a head start on these doctor when they hit me with the news.

    1. Linda R

      Your primary probably wanted to confirm the diagnosis with a rheumatologist. Lupus is hard to diagnose.

      There is no special diet but there are some sensible guidelines that are very helpful.

      1. Avoid fast and processed foods. Your body is having a hard enough time without giving it empty calories or a bunch of chemical additives.
      2. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day
      3. Keep your animal fat intake minimal or non-existent. We are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, so don’t help that along.
      4. Eat cold water fish like salmon-the omega3 helps with inflammation and that helps with pain
      5. Get enough calcium, especially if you are on prednisone and plalquenil because those increase your likelihood of osteoporosis
      6. Avoid meats that have been given antibiotics and growth hormones (this is all the usual meat in the grocery store, buy meats that have a label saying they are free of these things)
      7. Stay out of the sun. The sun not only causes lupus skin issues but can cause flares in the organs like kidneys.
      8. Learn stress management techniques. Stress makes lupus worse.
      9. Get some regular, mild to moderate exercise every day. Even if it’s only 5 minutes.
      10. Learn all you can about lupus so you can be a proactive patient.

  7. .Sandy Heart.

    Why does my hair fall out so much? How can i stop it?
    I don’t have a lot of hair and its really thin too. So i practically look bald!!! Im so self conscious about my hair. I’ve tried vitamins, special shampoos and conditioners, changing my diet, but It continues to fall out, how can i stop it from falling out so much. Im only 23 =( I cant even style my hair because i end up with my bald spots showing…I’m thinking of just resorting to wigs….

    1. Ethel

      You need to be tested for lupus, hyperthyroidism, and antibodies against hair. Loosing one’s hard like that is not normal and often means you have an underlying medical condition.

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