Diet for Sarcoidosis Sufferers – Sarcoidosis Cook Book
Sarcoidosis is not a strange disease but a very rare condition that can present in children and elderly. The condition is not as complicated as one might thing. The use of natural methods and home recipes to manage this condition is gaining popularity.
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What is Sarcoidosis ?
Sarcoidosis is characterized by formation of nodules resembling small discrete lumps that can affect any organ or body system. The nodules are basically a mass of chronically inflamed tissues that group together. The symptoms initially begin in smaller organs of the immune system especially in lymph nodes and lungs. Skin and eyes are also frequently involved. This is an auto-immune disease leading to inflammation and scarring of body tissues.
Sarcoidosis sufferers do not produce enough substances essential for protein metabolism which cause granuloma formations. Either the immune system is overactive damaging body’s own tissues or the body’s defense system does not respond as it should. It is however not known to cause permanent tissue damage.
Symptoms of Sarcoidosis That Can be Cured by Natural Treatments:
– Persistent cough, shortness of breath.
– Patches of red skin or raised bumps on or under the skin.
– Red, teary eyes with blurry vision.
– Enlarged lymph glands.
– Swollen, painful joints.
– Fever, night sweats.
– Fatigue, weight loss.
Sarcoidosis is most often asymptomatic. Thus frequently the disease is diagnosed during routine physical examination. Since sarcoidosis is a multi-system disorder, the need for specific treatment arises when critical organs like the heart are affected. Oral medications are generally prescribed for severe symptoms.
A healthy lifestyle with lot of exercise, a well balanced diet, and good rest is sufficient to direct the condition into remission. The individual only needs to make an extra effort to bring the body back to its normal balance.
There are several recipes available for sarcoidosis sufferers.
Recipes for Sarcoidosis:
Bean Soup Recipe
Ingredients: 1 thin, cross-sliced bacon; sausage 8 ounces; 1 coarsely chopped large onion; 2 carrots sliced; ½ green pepper coarsely chopped; 1 medium potato cubed, ½ cabbage coarsely chopped; 2 cups diced tomatoes, 4 cups black beans, 2 celery stalks sliced; 3 garlic cloves minced; 1 tsp each of oregano, fennel seed, garam masala powder, and chili powder; 1/8 tsp each of cinnamon and cloves; 1 bay leaf, 4 cups vegetable broth; 1 cup macaroni; and salt and pepper as per taste.
Method: Cook bacon in a large heavy bottomed pan over low heat for 3 min with the lid closed tightly. Add sausage and over medium heat cook for 2 min. Add onions, carrot, green pepper, celery and spices; sauté until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients except for macaroni. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 min. Add macaroni and simmer for additional 15 min. Remove from flame and let it sit for 30 min before consuming.
Research has shown that it is bacteria present in granulomas that cause sarcoidosis. These bacteria produce vitamin D thus leading to vitamin D toxicity. The individual is advised to check vitamin D levels and if found to be high, the sufferer is recommended to limit sun exposure refrain from taking anything with added vitamin D.
Cooking with less vitamin D.
Ginger Biscuit Recipe
Ingredients: 225 g self-raising flour; granulated sugar 112 g; 1 tsp soda bicarbonate, 2 slightly heaped tsp sliced ginger; unfortified butter 112 g; golden syrup 3 tbsp; salt to taste.
Method: Melt butter in microwave. Mix the rest of the ingredients with melted butter in a bowl. Combine and make balls the size of large marbles. Place them well spaced out on a baking tray and bake at 170 degree C for 12 min.
Serves: Approximately 24 biscuits.
Omega-3 fatty acid is recommended for sarcoidosis sufferers because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Fat fish like mackerel and the like are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Mackerel with lemon stuffing.
Ingredients: 4 mackerel, slit and boned out; juice of ½ lemon; 1 bay leaf crushed; salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
For the Stuffing: 1 onion chopped finely; juice from 1 lemon; 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley; 1 egg white beaten; 75 g crumbled cornbread; unfortified butter for light frying; and few grated lemon rinds.
Method: Melt a knob of butter in a pan over low flame. Add onions and fry gently until golden brown. Transfer to a mixing bowl and combine the rest of the stuffing ingredients.
Lay the mackerel on a cooking tray and rub in the salt, pepper and lemon juice. Spoon the stuffing into the fish and reshape. Place the tray in an over-proof casserole, barely cover the bottom of the casserole with water and add the crushed bay leaf. Cover the casserole with a greaseproof foil and poach in a warm oven over 160 deg. C for 15-20 min. Drain and serve immediately with diced cucumber and baby potato salad.
Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk; 1 banana; ¼ cup each raw honey and olive oil; 1/3 cup each fava bean flour, garbanzo bean flour, tapioca flour; 1 cup coarse-ground cornmeal; ¼ tsp each ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg; 2 tsp baking powder; ½ tsp baking soda; ¼ tsp xanthan gum; kernels from 1 raw ear of corn; chopped almonds; and salt to taste.
Method: Whisk together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Combine wet ingredients briefly with dry ingredients. Mix corn and almonds. Pour the batter into muffin trays greased with olive oil. Bake in an oven at 190 deg. C for 25 min.
In addition to this consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole unprocessed foods like kidney beans, soy beans, barley, brown rice, millet, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, apple, banana, blue berry, strawberry, black berry; sweet cherry, plum all beneficial for sarcoidosis sufferers.
Use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for it is rich in anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties. Drink plenty of fluids and flush out oxidants from the body naturally. Take ample rest since the body heals itself during the rest period.
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