|Overview of Food Guide
Diets and Scleroderma
Bicarbonate of Soda
Fruits and Vegetables
Diets and Health
Herbs and Spices
Food affects our health in many ways, for better or for worse. What is good for some may not be good for others. Persons with an autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses should be aware of how their diet affects their disease and how food makes them feel. For example, there are many proven benefits of caffeine; however, caffeine has been proven to worsen the symptoms of both heartburn and Raynaud's, symptoms of Scleroderma. Caffiene can also make you feel nervous or anxious, or could affect your sleep.
High fiber products are normally good for digestion, but can sometimes be harmful (or even deadly) with scleroderma bowel involvement. Thus, always consult a scleroderma expert before making any changes in diet or supplements. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Raynaud's, Gastrointestinal Involvement, and Scleroderma Experts)
Dietary Inflammatory Index in relation to bone mineral density (BMD), osteoporosis risk and fracture risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Our analysis indicated that diets with high pro-inflammatory components might increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures and lower BMD of lumbar spine and total hip. PubMed, Osteoporos Int, 08/01/020. (Also see Osteoporosis)
Why your Valentine might want hot chocolate for that walk on the beach. Drinking cocoa rich in flavonols might make walking easier for some older adults with poor circulation, a study suggests. Reuters Health, 02/14/2020.
Cutting back on vegetable protein tied to unhealthy ageing. Older adults who cut back on the amount of vegetable protein in their diets may be more likely to experience age-related health problems, a Spanish study suggests. Reuters Health, 08/21/2019.
Dioxins in food more harmful than thought, EU watchdog says. The European Food Safety Authority slashed its recommended limits in food of dioxins and related toxins – chemicals that have been linked to problems with reproductive health, the immune system, hormone levels and tooth enamel. Reuters Health, 11/20/2018.
WHO/FAO release independent Expert Report on diet and chronic disease. A healthy diet that is abundant in fruit and vegetables but low in saturated fat and sugars, plus an active lifestyle are among the key measures to combat chronic disease. World Health Organization.
Diets and Scleroderma Systemic scleroderma patients should always consult their doctor(s), especially their rheumatologist, before using any vitamin or herbal remedies or making any significant changes in their diet. ISN.
|Overview of Diet and Systemic Scleroderma
Malnutrition in Systemic Scleroderma
Food Guide for Systemic Scleroderma
Supplement Guide for Systemic Scleroderma
|Diet and Scleroderma
Alcohol and your health: Weighing the pros and cons. Consider these points when weighing the risks and benefits of alcohol use. Mayo Clinic.
Alcohol: Does it affect blood pressure? Excessive alcohol use can raise your blood pressure to an unhealthy level. Mayo Clinic
Pandemic-Inspired Food Labeling Raises Alarms for Those With Food Allergies. In May the FDA released new temporary guidelines allowing manufacturers facing supply chain shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic to make ingredient substitutions without changing food labels. Kaiser Health News, 07/21/2020.
Experimental treatment may desensitize allergic kids to peanuts. Peanut allergy can be life–threatening, but a new study suggests that peanut protein itself can be used to slowly dial down the intensity of the allergic reaction. Reuters Health, 11/19/2018.
5 Reasons Your Allergies Are Worse at Night. It’s not just you—and it’s not in your head. Here’s what to know about night time allergy symptoms when the pollen count’s high. Times Healthland, 03/21/2018.
When Kissing Makes You Sick: Saliva Allergies. Kissing allergies most commonly occur among people who have food or medication allergies. Everyday Health.
Arachidonic Acid. Red meat, eggs, and wheat products all contain something called arachidonic acid. While some arachidonic acid is essential for your health, too much arachidonic acid in the diet will make your inflammation worse. VeryWell.
Baking soda eases painful arthritis: The kitchen cupboard staple prevents patients' immune systems attacking their joints. Drinking a baking–soda solution may prevent rheumatoid arthritis patients' immune systems attacking their joints, which leads to painful inflammation, a study found. Mail Online, 04/24/2018.
Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee at the highest level in six years: survey The number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee is at the highest level since 2012, an industry study showed on Saturday. Reuters Health, 03/17/2018.
Chocolate can trigger Raynaud's and heartburn.
This Is the Worst Kind of Fat for Your Heart. Trans fats are linked to the highest rates of death from all causes, deaths from heart disease and heart problems. Time Healthland.
Excess fiber can trigger or worsen bowel involvement in systemic scleroderma, which can be fatal when the underlying problem is a lack of peristalsis. Therefore, some scleroderma patients may actually need to avoid fiber and should always consult their scleroderma expert with any change or worsening in bowel involvement. (Also see What is Scleroderma? and Scleroderma Bowel Involvement)
Fish oil supplements for a healthy heart 'nonsense'. Taking omega-3 fish oil supplements is often touted as a simple way to protect your heart – but experts say the evidence that it does any good is flimsy at best. BBC Health News, 07/18/2018.
More evidence many pregnant women don't eat well. Many women who are pregnant or trying to conceive have poor diets that could increase their risk for pregnancy complications, a research review suggests. Reuters Health, 12/18/2019.
Are Onions and Garlic Healthy? Here's What Experts Say. Garlic and onions are staples for many home cooks, but although they may not look like nutritional powerhouses, experts say they are. Time Healthland, 05/22/2019.
Ginger can trigger heartburn.
Scleroderma and Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease are a known cause of scleroderma and dozens of other autoimmune diseases. Even if tests for gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease are negative or inconclusive, trial of a gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) should be considered. ISN.
|Overview of Gluten Sensitivity
What is Celiac Disease?
CD and Scleroderma
CD and Autoimmunity
Diets and Celiac Disease
Does grapefruit affect my medicine? Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can affect some medicines and in most cases, it increases the level of the medicine in your blood. NHS Choices. (Also see Medications)
Dietary intake of iron, zinc, copper, and risk of Parkinson's disease (PD): a meta–analysis. Higher iron intake appears to be not associated with overall PD risk, but may be associated with risk of PD in western population. PubMed, Neurol Sci.
Mushroom Polysaccharides: Chemistry and Antiobesity, Antidiabetes, Anticancer, and Antibiotic Properties in Cells, Rodents, and Humans. The collated information and suggested research needs might guide further studies needed for a better understanding of the health–promoting properties of mushroom polysaccharides and enhance their use to help prevent and treat human chronic diseases. Foods.
Peppermint can trigger heartburn.
Don't go on any diets that eliminate food groups, and especially avoid high-protein diets because they are very hard on the kidneys. (Also see Kidney Involvement)
Relaxation Drinks: The Opposite of Energy Drinks. Can relaxation, a good night's sleep or happiness come from a lightly carbonated, berry–flavored beverage? Wall Street Journal.
Strawberries could treat bowel disease and may reduce diarrhoea and weight loss in people with Crohn's disease or colitis. Eating a handful of strawberries a day could help millions of people cope with inflammatory bowel disease. Mail Online, 08/20/2018. (Also see Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Molecular markers and antioxidant activity in strawberry diversity analysis. Strawberries contain high levels of vitamin C, cellulose and pectin, and produce anthocyanins which have important therapeutic values, including antitumor, antiulcer, antioxidant and antiinflammatory activities. Acta Horticulturae (ISHS).
Can Artificial Sweeteners Keep Us From Gaining Weight? Sugar substitutes may help stave off weight gain, but they have metabolic effects that some experts find concerning. New York Times, 08/20/2020.
Call to tax 'hidden' sugar in pre-mixed alcoholic drinks. Many "ready to drink" pre-mixed spirits are packed with excessive sugar and hidden calories and should be subject to a sugar tax like fizzy drinks, health experts say. BBC Health News, 01/21/2020.
Supplement Guide for Systemic Scleroderma. Systemic scleroderma patients should always consult their doctor(s), especially their scleroderma expert, before using any vitamin or herbal remedies or making any significant changes in their diet. In general, most doctors recommend that scleroderma patients follow a normal, well-balanced diet , without the addition of any herbs, vitamins, or minerals. Do not cut out any food groups from your diet, nor go on any "cleansing" diets, since this may accelerate the disease process.
|Overview of Scleroderma and Supplements
Arachidonic and DHA Acids
Cod Liver Oil
Fish Oil (Omega-3)
Probiotics (Acidophilus, Microbes, Yogurt)
Vitamins and Minerals
Modulation of fibrosis in systemic sclerosis by nitric oxide and antioxidants. The dietary antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), with its long history of safe beverage consumption in green tea, is a good candidate for therapeutic treatment targeting oxidative stress and fibrogenesis in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Cardiology Research and Practice.
Acidophilus, Yogurt, and Other Probiotics. Eating 1 to 2 tablespoons a day of live culture acidophilus yogurt may be helpful for combatting bowel involvement with systemic scleroderma, especially small bowel bacterial overgrowth. It may also be particularly helpful when taking antibiotics. (Also see Bowel Involvement and Probiotic Supplements on Amazon.)
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