Diet for Lupus and Autoimmune Disease

Lupus or any autoimmune disease is a sobering condition. However, if this is your diagnosis, I’ve good news for you. As an original cause of the disease was malabsorption, you can profoundly minimize its effects and progression by improving your digestion. When your diet is healing, you rebuild your foundational health and strengthen your immune system. Also see Prevent or Resolve Autoimmune Disease.

How do you improve your digestion? In a nutshell: favor easy-to-digest meals and stop eating foods that hurt your gut. By enjoying healthy, nutritionally balanced and freshly prepared meals you free up your energy for important repair work. For example, it takes minimal effort to extract nutrients from soft, well-cooked foods like porridge or soup. So when your overall energy is limited, don’t squander your digestive oomph in a wrestling match with a slice of pizza.

However, if  that “good” bowl of soup contains a food that you can’t  tolerate, then you’re “feeding” your illness. People with a compromised gut typically have sensitivities to gluten, dairy and, sometimes other grains, nuts, seeds and eggs. So your first and imperative step is to identify and eliminate all allergens. If your digestion is compromised, you’ll heal most quickly with meat, poultry, fish and (if you’re not sensitive to them) eggs as your primary protein sources. Indeed, you can get a sense of how a bowl of chicken soup imparts more energy than would macaroni and cheese, a peanut butter sandwich, a vegetarian chili or any  energy bar or beverage.

Frequently include the two top foods that rebuild your digestive tract:  Fermented Foods and Bone Stock.


• Refined, highly processed foods and oils
• Excessive carbohydrates (sugar, grains & even fruit)
• Alfalfa sprouts as their amino acid canavanine exacerbates lupus inflammations
• Nightshade veggies (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant & peppers) may aggravate  inflammation

With an autoimmune condition, your digestive system is extra sensitive. Pamper it and you’ll feel better. If you wish help implementing a healing diet, consider a Face Reading & Diet Consultation.

If you’re suffering from any autoimmune disease you can greatly improve your quality of life with balanced and delicious meals that are easy to digest. Implementing new eating habits does take  intention and renunciation. But as your pay off is feeling better, just look at what you will gain!

May you be well nourished,

Rebecca Wood

21 Responses to Diet for Lupus and Autoimmune Disease

    • Rebecca – What can you tell me about Discord Lupus and is their a special diet for it. I need something to help control the itching which are driving me crazy.
      Thank you
      Margaret Ruggiero

      • Margaret, I’m sorry for your suffering and that you’ve such a painful autoimmune problem. For a diet to provide you with relief, we need first to identify the foods that are triggering the lupus while we are rebuilding your health with nourishing foods. I can help you with that in a Face Reading or see my books Clean and Free and Read Your Face. Good luck.

  1. Rebecca Wood, I have purchased your book Clean and Free but since it will not load to my Kindle so I need a hard copy of this book.

    • So sorry, I’ve emailed you directly. The book is only available as an ebook. You may have it printed out at a local print shop. Hope you get this message.

  2. Hi my name is Jen and I have been struggling with the skin desease called lupus as well as another auto-immune desease called myesthenia gravis, meaning great weakness of the muscles. I have found this article very helpful because I had no idea that the foods that I’ve been putting into my body have been making my conditions worse. I don’t understand why a doctor does not share this usefull dietary info other then the fact that they make more money on perscriptions. Thank you so much for this info and I look forward to starting my new diet and seeing the difference my health.

  3. Thank you for this posting, your site and your books. For people who have just been diagnosed, you have a fresh start. Have no fear, change your diet. I have suffered for over 15 years with Lupus and was finally diagnosed 3 years ago when I could not walk up the stairs and I finally caved in to going to the doctors and let go of my super woman complex (I even ignored the fact that I was in bed for 21 days straight).

    I can say is that DIET IS EVERYTHING!!! When you give up gluten, beans and cow/sheep dairy alone, your life becomes tolerable. It is easy to give them up after a few weeks. When you start to feel better, you don’t ever want to eat them again. My biggest addiction was potatoes and red bell peppers, but I gave them up happily too. Your body will tell you when you shouldn’t eat something. Any time I ate potatoes, the next day I would have excruciating pain in my hands and knees. They had to go. Clean eating is now fun.

    Hang in there all of you! You will succeed and you may just love food in a new way. Love, luck and blessings to any and all who read this!!!

  4. Being diagnosed with lupus makes me lost in my focus in everything, I believed that there’s God but im feeling tired to attend churches or making the most of it.Im eating everything because im thinking that if i eat different with the food of my family it would really cost high.specially one of my kids is a selective eater.i work very hard as it is the best things i need to do .i take my medicines regularly but,my condition is not improving.i’Ve read a lot of things do’s and dont’s lists but, still, i cant really avoid . i realized im lack of discipline sometimes but what else is the best thing i should do to start the proper healing.please spare me time to read your best advise. thank you and more power to you!

    • Leeua….I’m sorry that your condition is not improving. How sobering. Muster the discipline to eat as well as you can for your condition and that will help. Notice what foods make your symptoms worse and avoid those foods.

  5. Dear Rebecca,
    I was diagnosed with lupus recently and understand that I should avoid tomatoes. Are cooked tomatoes or spaghetti sauce acceptable?
    Nicole Karlins

    • Cooked or uncooked, tomatoes and other nightshade veggies (potatoes, peppers and eggplant) exacerbate autoimmune conditions. Avoid them to the best of your ability! After several weeks of avoidance, then try them again and note how your symptoms flare.

    • Yes….it is so sobering to have a lupus diagnosis. And the good news is, you can be proactive! I’d be delighted to help you in a Diet Consultation and Face REading in which you’ll learn to clearly track your own positive health improvements.

      • Been diagnosed with discoid lupus iv tried not eating certain foods but still lupus flairs up gain my eyes are always attacked my eye lids swell up please can anyone help😢

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    • Yes, it’s so sobering and scary to have a diagnosis like lupus. But the good news is, you now understand why you haven’t been feeling your best AND from here on, you can proactively take care of yourself. With all auto immune diseases, be sure to identify and then avoid your food allergies. My book, Clean and Free enables you to do just that.

  7. Thank you. I learned more from reading this short article than all my Dr’s have told me about proper nutrition with lupus & autoimmune disease. I’m coming back for more.

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