It would actually be an understatement to say that autoimmune diseases have become a serious health burden. Over 24 million people in America alone suffer from one of the 80 plus diseases that have been classified as autoimmune… and that number just keeps growing!
Some common autoimmune disorders include multiple sclerosis, lupus, psoriasis, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease. Each one usually involves difficult-to-classify syndromes such as swelling, pain, inflammation and, of course, misery!
Finding and treating the root cause of your autoimmune disease takes a lot of trial and error, detective work and patience, but you can trust that the results are worth it! These are nine strategies that you can implement if you're trying to get to the root of your problem…
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.
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#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
Consistent exercise 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.
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