Curing Scleroderma with Diet
Food affects our health in many ways, for improved or for worse. What is good for some may not be good for others. Persons with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease and other chronic diseases should be aware of how their diet affects their disease and how food makes them feel. For instance, there are many verified benefits of caffeine; though, caffeine has been confirmed to worsen the symptoms of both heartburn and Raynaud's, symptoms of Scleroderma. Caffeine can also make you feel nervous or anxious, or could affect your sleep.
High fiber products are usually good for digestion, but can sometimes be harmful or even deadly with scleroderma bowel involvement. Therefore, always seek advice from a scleroderma expert before making any changes in diet or supplements.
Excess fiber can trigger or worsen bowel involvement in systemic scleroderma, which can be fatal when the basic problem is a lack of peristalsis. Therefore, some scleroderma patients may basically need to stay away from fiber and should always consult their scleroderma expert with any change or worsening in bowel involvement.
Vitamin D is found in many foods, including fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil. The sun also helps the body produce vitamin D. Although vitamin D has been proposed as a possible Treatment of Scleroderma, scientific studies have not evaluated the safety or effectiveness of this therapy.