Certain foods can also help relieve skin irritation and dryness that’s very commonly associated with lupus. Foods to help moisturize skin from the inside out include:
- nuts and seeds like chia, flax, walnuts and almonds (also great sources of fiber and omega-3s)
- coconut oil and olive oil
- wild-caught fish
- raw milk
- cucumbers and melon
- drinking plenty of water and herbal tea and green tea
According to a study published in the Journal of the Arthritis Health Professionals Association, getting regular exercise is important for treating lupus for many reasons. Exercise lowers stress, helps with sleep quality, makes your heart and lungs stronger, strengthens bones, lowers joint pain, improves flexibility and range of motion, and lowers risk for complications. (7) Research done by the National Institute of Physical Activity and Sport Science in Spain has found that “physical exercise is a useful tool for improving cardiovascular fitness, reducing metabolic abnormalities and fatigue, and improving quality of life in people with lupus.” (8) This means you can add lupus treatment to the list of exercise benefits.