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Diet Chart for Scleroderma: Food to eat and avoid

Overview 

Scleroderma is a chronic, rare, autoimmune disorder in which the normal tissue gets replaced with thick fibrous tissue. Under this condition, the immune system triggers cells to produce too much collagen resulting in fibrosis and thickening of the skin.  In essence, it is a disease of the skin but it is also reported to cause affect muscles, kidneys, lungs, and different joints.

Symptoms of Scleroderma

The symptoms of Scleroderma include the hardening or thickening of the skin, ulcers, or sores on fingertips, red spots on the chest and face, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness, and oval-shaped patches on the skin. 

What Ayurveda Says About Scleroderma

This is classified as ‘UTTANA VATARAKTA’ in Ayurveda since it involves vitiated Vata and Rakta dhatus. Excess air in the blood is denoted as Vata Rakta in Ayurveda which is a major factor responsible for the development of Scleroderma.

Shodhana therapy which includes Virechana (purgation) is much effective in skin pigmentation and GIT symptoms like constipation, loss of appetite, flatulence, etc. Internal herbal medicine and Pathya Ahara-vihar (diet) are also the most effective technique to alleviate scleroderma symptoms and improve quality of life.

Diet Plan for Scleroderma

Diet has a critical role to play in the manifestation of this disease since Scleroderma patients often reported symptoms such as low appetite, significant loss in weight, and malnutrition. A balanced diet chart not only aids in maintaining a healthy weight but also reduces the risk of developing various heart and kidney diseases. Primarily the diet includes no intake of citrus fruits, fried and spicy food, any type of carbonated drinks, and alcohol.

Life Aveda prepared a vegetarian diet chart for Scleroderma patients to help them recover in a paced manner while using herbal remedies. The dietary guidelines instructions mentioned below aid in controlling the effects of Scleroderma.

Daily diet plan for scleroderma

Monday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 cup herbal tea+ Veg oats
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 bowl mixed fruit bowl
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm)- 2 whole wheat chappati+ 1 bowl dal + 1 bowl rice+ salad
  • Evening snack (4-5pm)- 1 bowl vegetable soup
  • Dinner (7-8pm)- 2 multigrain chappati + 1 bowl sabji spinach + salad

Tuesday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 cup green tea+ 1 bowl Veg upma
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 glass coconut water
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm)- 2 mixed flour chappati+ 1 bowl dal + 1 bowl brown rice+ salad
  • Evening snack (4-5pm)- 1 cup green tea + 2-3 multigrain biscuits
  • Dinner(7-8pm)- 2 whole wheat chappati+ 1 bowl pumpkin sabji+ salad

Wednesday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 Cup detox tea+ 1 bowl veg poha
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 portion any fruit (no citrus fruit)
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm)- 2 -3 wheat chappati+ 1 bowl sabji + salad
  • Evening snack (4-5pm)-1 bowl sprouts
  • Dinner(7-8pm)- 2 multigrain chappati + 1 bowl bitter gourd sabji+ salad

Thursday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 Cup green tea +1 bowl veg vermicelli
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 bowl mixed fruit bowl
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm)- 2 -3 multi grain chappati+ 1 bowl sabji + salad
  • Evening snack (4-5pm)- 1 bowl vegetable soup
  • Dinner(7-8pm)- 2 multi grain chappati + 1 bowl chicory green sabji+ salad

Friday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 Cup detox tea +1 bowl wheat porridge
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 glass coconut water
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm) – 2 multi grain chapatti+ 1 bowl tur dal + 1 bowl rice+ salad
  • Evening snack (4-5pm)- 1 cup green tea + 2-3 suger free biscuits
  • Dinner(7-8pm)- 2 whole wheat chappati+ 1 bowl cabbage sabji+ salad

Saturday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 Cup herbal tea + 1 bowl veg sweet vermicelli
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 portion any fruit (no citrus fruit)
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm)- 2-3 whole wheat chappati+ 1 bowl sabji (Gourd) + salad
  • Evening snack (4-5pm)- 1 bowl vegetable soup
  • Dinner(7-8pm)- 2 multi grain chappati+ 1 bowl green beans sabji+ salad

Sunday Diet chart for Scleroderma Patients

  • Breakfast (7a.m-8a.m)- 1 Cup milk tea + 1 chappati with any dal
  • Mid-morning (11a.m)- 1 bowl mixed fruit bowl
  • Lunch (1pm-2pm)- 2 multi grain chappati+ 1 bowl masoor+ moong dal + 1 bowl rice+ salad
  • Evening snack (4-5 pm)- 1 bowl of sprouts
  • Dinner(7-8pm)- 2 multigrain chappati+ 1 bowl carrot sabji+ salad

Food to eat and avoid in scleroderma:

      ✔️ FOODS TO CONSUME            ❌ FOODS TO AVOID
✔️ Cereals: Brown rice, Sorghum, Quinoa, Wheat, Oats, White rice, Little millet, Buckwheat, Pearl millet, Foxtail millet

 

Flour Ratio: Wheat Atta (50%) + Soybean Atta (20%) + Ragi flour (30%)

❌ Rye
✔️ Vegetables: Potatoes, Bell peppers, Cucumber, Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Lentils, Beans, Kale, Spinach, Chicory greens, Turnip, Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Lettuce ❌ Ginger, Onion, Garlic, Brinjal/ Eggplant, Tomatoes
✔️ Fruits: Peach, Custard apple, Figs, Muskmelon, Watermelon, Pomegranate, Dates, Banana, Sapodilla, Apple, Guava, Plums ❌ Kiwi, Mangoes, Sour grapes, Berries (sour), Limes, Lemons, Orange 

 

(These fruits might not cause problems to some. It varies).

✔️ Dry fruits/seeds: Sunflower seeds, Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Walnut, Raisins, Almonds ❌ Cashew, Pistachio, Groundnuts
✔️ Pulses: Split Chickpea, Yellow lentils, Green lentils ❌ Black grams, Bengal grams, Kidney beans, Chick pea
✔️ Milk products: Cow ghee ❌ Yogurt, Buttermilk, Curd, Butter and Milk
✔️ Non-Veg: Eggs (white portion only), Lean meat- Chicken, Fish (Rohu, Herring, Anchovies, Sardines, Tuna, and Salmon) ❌ Red meat, Processed and Fried meat
✔️ Spices: Fennel, Green cardamom, Cumin, Celery seeds, Coriander, Oregano, Mustard, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Fenugreek ❌ Carom seeds, Black cardamom, Clove, Nutmeg, Pimento
✔️ Oils: Cow ghee, Almond oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil ❌ Palm oil, Rice bran oil, Canola oil, Soybean oil
✔️ Other food products: Jaggery, Honey ❌ Coffee, Tea, Tobacco, Alcohol, Fast food, Refined sugar
✔️ Drinks: Homemade juices, Herbal tea, Homemade soups, Sugarcane juice, Coconut water ❌ Whole milk drinks, Carbonated drinks, Squashes, Alcohol, Canned and packaged soup, Cream-based liqueurs

Doctor Tips

    • Quit smoking: Nicotine present in all smoking products is reported to result in contraction of blood vessels and if not stopped can result in permanent narrowing of the diameter of different blood vessels leading to breathing problems
    • Stay active: Regular exercise not only reduces the risk of getting the seasonal disease but also helps in maintaining an active lifestyle that helps in improving blood circulation and induces more flexibility in the body
    • Avoid fried foods responsible for causing acidity
    • Avoid getting cold: It is critical to maintaining the temperature of your body as it helps in preventing this disease. One should wear warm clothes even when you are accessing the freezer.
    • Take care of your skin.

Find a Diet Consultation Online: Get a Personalized diet chart for Scleroderma

At Life Aveda, we provide personalized diet consultation. In this, a doctor discusses the medical history of patients and does the root analysis of causes. After the deep analysis doctor suggests a diet chart for Scleroderma patients as per their needs and requirement. To book a Consultation call on us at +91 7743002520 or click on the button to schedule an appointment with our expert doctors.

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NOTE- These dietary guidelines may vary from patient to patient according to their medical parameters. These are generalized guidelines that might help in managing Scleroderma.

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About Dr. Ranjana Kaushal

Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 8 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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