Selena Gomez has been focusing on her health since her announcement that she was taking time off due to symptoms of lupus including anxiety and depression. Now in rehab, the 24-year-old “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer is reportedly following some strict rules at her treatment facility, and also turning to natural health alternatives such as meditation and an organic diet.
Hollywood Life told readers that while Gomez has “kept an extremely low profile while undergoing treatment,” new information via Life & Style’s insider offered a look at how she is caring for herself. The songstress has “been making incredible progress,” according to the source, who also revealed that she is “eating healthier.”
The rehabilitation center in Tennessee where Selena is staying “took her phone away and she’s been learning coping strategies to deal with destructive behaviors,” added the insider.
“[Gomez is] exercising, meditating and reading a lot, staying out of the spotlight and learning to focus on herself.”
When the pop princess is ready to leave rehab, she will need to be ready to “cut out the ‘negative’ people from her life,” noted the source, who shared that Selena has created “a list of friends she shouldn’t see.”
As for how meditation might help Selena with lupus, “pain is a persistent part of daily life for many people living with lupus—more than 90 percent suffer from joint or muscle pain over the course of their illness,” according to the Lupus Foundation.
And while medication may be prescribed for the inflammation causing that pain, the foundation explained that the use of “mindfulness meditation” may help those with lupus. Meditation may provide relief by providing a sense of calm and control for those with lupus who have “persistent joint or muscular pain,” according to the organization.
In Touch told readers that Selena’s stay in rehab “has been anything but a positive experience,” citing an insider who revealed that those close to her are concerned” about the 24-year-old.
“Selena keeps saying she feels like hell and wants to leave the facility or go switch to outpatient treatment.”
However, the media outlet reported that exiting rehab “doesn’t seem like a feasible option at this point” because of the anxiety and depression that she has experienced. In Touch also reported that the singer “hates” the rehab facility and that “when the actual effects of detoxing hit her body, she started complaining.”
When it comes to the potential for using alternative treatments for lupus, Foods4BetterHealth reported that Gomez is “seeking out” natural health options such as an organic diet.
Selena has “enlisted” a team that includes holistic physicians, naturopaths, and acupuncturists, according to the media outlet, which also reported that she “experienced relief from chelation therapy, which pulls toxins and metals from the body.”
Hollywood Life told readers that when it comes to her lupus, Gomez “has had it with pills, steroids, and bed rest,” and is turning to a holistic health angle, citing a source who described what her natural health treatments include.
“[She] has not experienced a lot of relief from classic western medicine, and is seeking alternative treatments for her lupus diagnosis.”
Selena has changed to an “organic, grain-free diet,” added the insider, who noted that she is juicing three times every day.
As for whether a grain-free diet could help Gomez with her autoimmune disease, researchers recently discovered that certain proteins in wheat may trigger inflammation in conditions ranging from lupus to rheumatoid arthritis, reported Lupus News Today.
That protein also may be linked to developing non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The new research examined wheat proteins known as amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs). Consuming ATIs can result in inflammation in a variety of locations, including the gut, kidneys, lymph nodes, and even the brain.
As a result, ATIs may “aggravate symptoms of autoimmune diseases,” including lupus, according to the media outlet.
“We are hoping that this research can lead us towards being able to recommend an ATI-free diet to help treat a variety of potentially serious immunological disorders,” stated Professor Detlef Schuppan, who was involved in the new study.
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