7 easy, drug-free ways to live life better with lupus

Non-dairy foods with calcium

1. Boost your intake of low-fat dairy and take calcium

Steroids are known for their harmful effect on bones. Calcium recommendations for better bone health with lupus are based on gender — if you are a woman over 50 you will need 1200 mg of calcium a day and 1,000 mg a day is suggested for men.

Calcium, of course, can also be found in a wide range of foods from milk to cheese to yogurt. Saturated fats can increase cholesterol and cause inflammation, so don’t choose high-fat dairy.

Read: Non-dairy calcium-rich foods for super strong bones

Gena Hymowech

By Gena Hymowech

Gena Hymowech has over two decades of experience writing for health, entertainment and lifestyle publications, including Yahoo Beauty, Men's Journal and Self. She has covered medical conditions ranging from acne to lupus, and has also worked as an online communications assistant to nutritionist, diabetes educator, mindfulness expert and health author Laura Cipullo. Gena has researched natural options for her own health issues, and enjoys sharing her passion for the subject with others.