Autoimmune conditions are really the body's natural defence system mistakenly attacking normal cells - because it can't differentiate between normal and foreign (or harmful) cells.
Millions of people around the world suffer from autoimmune diseases.
But you can help your body balance your immune system, dampen inflammatory attacks and dowse autoimmune responses.
Five vitamins and minerals that keep autoimmune disease symptoms at bay
#1: Vitamin A
Vitamin A is key to equipping your body with a strong immune system
. Plus, this vitamin has been linked to autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes
and rheumatoid arthritis
. True Vitamin A, called retinol, is only found in animal products like fish, shellfish, liver, fermented cod liver oil, and butterfat from grass-fed cows.
#2: Vitamin D
The “sunshine vitamin”, AKA vitamin D, is essential for number of metabolic and immunological pathways in your body. For example: Th17 cells are helper T cells that produce a number of inflammatory chemicals, such as interleukin-17. With autoimmune conditions – such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis
and multiple sclerosis – Th17 cells are out of control. But vitamin D has been shown to dampen the Th17 inflammatory response. This vitamin is most abundant in fats and dairy and of course from exposure to the sun.
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How to activate the Metabolic Master Switch in your cells for balanced blood sugar – for good!
There’s a natural yellow compound found in a number of plants that’s been used for centuries in Chinese Medicine to treat a variety of ailments.
It has the ability to activate an enzyme in cells called the Metabolic Master Switch. When this happens, your body can switch specific genes on and off to regulate your metabolism – at cellular level!
The results: Lower blood sugar levels, improved insulin sensitivity in cells, muscles use more glucose for energy, reduced sugar production in the liver and a delayed breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract.
#3: Vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is effective at inhibiting the pro-inflammatory iNOS in your spinal cord and brain’s immune system
. What’s scary, however, is that K2 is one of the most common deficiencies in the Western diet. This vitamin is best paired with other fat
-soluble vitamins, like A and D, in whole food form like grass-fed butter oil (ghee), or organ meat.
Iron deficiency anaemia, or IDA, is linked to many autoimmune diseases. One big reason is because a large amount of stored iron, ferritin, is absorbed in your intestines. In functional medicine, damage of your gut lining and leaky gut syndrome are considered preconditions for autoimmunity. Load up on iron-rich foods like grass-fed beef, liver, kale and spinach, and be sure to cook them in cast iron cookware.
Micronutrient deficiencies – such as zinc, magnesium and selenium – are associated with several autoimmune diseases. This is mainly due to chronic inflammation, which decreases your absorption of important nutrients. Your body needs micronutrients for healthy functioning, and the conversion of the thyroid hormone. Foods like nuts, seeds and oysters are fantastic sources of micronutrients.