Autoimmune conditions have exploded over the last few decades, with an estimated 80 million Americans suffering from an autoimmune disease.
Many struggling with autoimmune disease battle their symptoms for years, searching for answers. Once they finally receive a diagnosis, they are left with few options from conventional medicine.
Today there are close to 100 recognized autoimmune diseases, and an additional 40 disease processes that have an autoimmune component.
Autoimmune diseases include:
- Autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s or Graves)
- Celiac disease
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- And many more
What is an autoimmune disease?
An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks your own body. It can cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.
Many of the diseases have similar symptoms, which makes them very difficult to diagnose. It’s also possible to have more than one at the same time. In fact, if a person has 1 autoimmune disease, their chance to develop another autoimmune disease is drastically increased. Autoimmune diseases usually fluctuate between periods of remission (little or no symptoms) and flare-ups (worsening symptoms).
What causes autoimmune diseases?
There is a genetic component, but is only a piece of the puzzle. Environmental factors, diet, and lifestyle are the largest factor and are largely responsible for these diseases. The saying goes, “genetics load the gun, your environment pulls the trigger.”
This means that you can proactively help balance your immune system, lessen the inflammatory attacks, and work to put the autoimmune response into remission with changes in your environmental factors, diet and lifestyle.
These changes depend on the specific autoimmune disease and the specific factors causing the attacks.
What Should You Do Now?
If you’re struggling with symptoms of an autoimmune disease, here are some specific steps to consider taking:
- Avoid food sensitivities
According to many researchers, a leaky gut is a prerequisite for an autoimmune disease. This can both lead to and cause food sensitivities. When you eat foods that are inflammatory to you, you can worsen the autoimmune condition. A Comprehensive lab test can detect which foods are giving you troubles, or you could start with a elimination diet. The top 2 food sensitivities are gluten and dairy.
- Find out your trigger
Autoimmune diseases almost always have a trigger- something that pushed the immune system over the edge. Triggers could be heavy metal toxicity, stress, poor digestion or nutrient deficiencies, infections, bacteria, yeast or fungus, or allergens. Once the trigger is identified, it can be eradicated and the healing process can begin.
- Get back to basics
Getting enough sleep, exercise, and relaxation is unheard today. We are pushing our bodies and minds to the max, leading to inflammation and stress, which leads to imbalances in the hormonal, gastro-intestinal and immune systems. Shoot for 8 hours of sleep per night, exercise regularly, and de-stress on a daily basis. It sounds simple, but doing this daily can help build a foundation for optimal health.
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