Nine tips to understand the true cause of your autoimmune disease
#1: Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
Eat a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods such as leafy green vegetables, fatty fish and turmeric. You should also avoid inflammatory foods like sugar, corn oils and processed foods.
#2: Identify hidden infections
A functional medicine practitioner will help you identify and treat hidden infections like yeast, viral and bacterial infections as well as Lyme disease.
#3: Get tested for food allergies
Consult your doctor to get a blood test to help diagnose hidden food allergies
like soy and dairy and celiac disease, which happens when your body has an immune reaction to eating foods that contain gluten. Then make sure you eliminate all the foods you’re allergic to from your diet.
From one of South Africa’s most trusted names in natural medicine, comes: The Secret to Boundless Energy
EXPOSED: Why do a fortunate few have boundless energy, while you want to crawl back to bed? The secret is not in your muscles, your heart, your guts, your gonads – and not in your mind. No, it lurks in a place you never suspected…
NOW: You’ll feel a power surge… Guaranteed!
Find out how here…
#4: Get checked for heavy metals
Heavy metal toxicity from mercury and other metals can be a big risk factor for autoimmunity. Your doctor will be able to make a diagnosis for metal toxicity through a simple blood test.
#5: Repair your gut lining
About 70% of your immunity lies in your gut lining. So if this lining breaks down, your immune system
breaks down and starts reacting to bugs, toxins and foods in your gut. The simplest way to heal your gut is to eat whole foods and avoid gluten and other food sensitivities.
#6: Consider anti-inflammatory supplements
Probiotics, fish oil
, vitamin C and vitamin D supplements naturally calm your immune response, so even if you’re following a gut-healthy diet
, you may want to consider supplementing. Other gut-friendly nutrients
that help reduce inflammation include rutin, grapeseed extract and quercetin.
#7: Exercise regularly
helps keep inflammation at bay. You don’t have to lift weights or run on the treadmill to get your sweat on – simply moving around more, using your body more and having fun will do the trick, too!
#8: Find time to relax
wreaks serious havoc on your immune response. By practising calming techniques like mindfulness, deep breathing, yoga and massage, you can drastically reduce your stress
levels and promote a calm mind-body connection.
#9: Get some shut-eye
– or, even worse, lack of sleep
– can take a toll on your metabolism, trigger sugar cravings, make you binge eat and drive up your risk of conditions like diabetes
. Therefore, sleeping well is important to reversing inflammation and improving your overall health.
For five myths about autoimmune disease debunked, go here