Are Gut Bacteria Responsible for Your Lupus?

Lupus

Fatigue, muscle and joint pain, facial rashes, and the list goes on and on.

The daily, weekly, or monthly struggles of someone who suffers from Lupus are endless.

The symptoms may seem to be the worst part to an outsider.

But, inside the struggle of not knowing how you got it or why you can’t control it or get it to go away can be even more frustrating. 

However, all hope isn’t lost.

The place you least expected to be able to control your demon from may actually be the precisely where you can defeat it — inside your gut. 

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disorder.

As with any other autoimmune disorder, lupus makes your body attack itself.

Instead of just targeting what it’s supposed to, like viruses and bacteria, it attacks your healthy tissues as well.

Feeling confused?

You aren’t alone. If doctors don’t fully understand it, you shouldn’t be expected to either. 

What we do know about lupus is that there are several different types and it seems to affect each individual differently. 

We will be mainly talking about systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) since it is the most common form and most highly studied. 

With SLE pretty much any system, in most cases, several systems will be attacked.

The main body parts affected include your:

  • Brain 
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Ski