Do you ever feel like something isn’t quite right in your body? Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, or are you simply wondering if the symptoms you’re experiencing could be related to one? If so, then don’t worry! You may be surprised to learn that there is hope for reversing autoimmune conditions and managing their symptoms. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at what these conditions are and what can be done to move towards optimal health by naturally reducing inflammation and restoring balance to the body. So read on and get ready to better understand how autoimmune conditions work, as well as some insightful guidelines for living healthier despite them!
The Immune System and The Gut
Over the years, research has revealed that there are a few simple steps you can take right away to improve your immune system and reverse autoimmunity. But first, what is autoimmunity?
Autoimmunity, which eventually causes autoimmune diseases, means your body is producing antibodies and attacking your own organs.
It could be,
- In the thyroid – Hashimoto’s disease.
- In the pancreas- Type I diabetes.
- In your bowels – Inflammatory Bowel Disease (example: Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases).
- In the reproductive system – Endometriosis
- In the nervous system and the brain – Alzheimer’s has been found to be autoimmune.
Millions of people suffer from chronic, often debilitating illnesses that are rooted in autoimmunity. From rheumatoid arthritis to lupus and psoriasis, these conditions not only take an emotional toll on those affected but also require careful management.
So where does this immune system lie?
It lies in your gut. 70% to 80% of your immune system is in your gut. This means that if your gut is not healthy, your immune system is not healthy enough to protect you from diseases.
Another thing is cancer.
Our immune system is key when it comes to healthcare and long-term well-being. When autoimmune conditions or diseases attack our organs, our immune system is also tested. Unfortunately, when the immune system fails to protect us from damaging agents such as cancer, this can be detrimental to our overall health.
Even though cancer can appear without any sort of warning, understanding the process of how it invades the body and disrupts the functioning of our immune system can give us an edge in preventing, managing, and treating these types of diseases. With increased knowledge of autoimmune conditions and how they interact with our own bodies’ systems, we can take preventative action to maintain a strong and healthy immune system.
Autoimmune diseases can sometimes seem like an insurmountable obstacle, particularly when trying to determine the root cause of the condition. Unfortunately, some are related to deficiencies in enzymes or the body’s inability to effectively detoxify metabolic waste through the liver. This can promote autoimmune conditions, as these toxins remain present in the body and may cause harm.
Knowledge is often power when it comes to autoimmune disease, and understanding this is a potential issue can help put you on track for making positive changes and gaining more control over your autoimmune diagnosis.
Lack of Good-Quality Sleep + Stress
Our bodies rely on the restorative power of sleep to keep autoimmune disease and other autoimmune conditions at bay. Too little sleep or too much stress can create the perfect storm for autoimmune issues.
When we lack adequate sleep, our immune system does not have the break it needs to rebuild and restore itself, thereby reducing its capacity to keep autoimmune conditions under control.
Stress is also a major factor in autoimmune diseases because too much of it increases cortisol levels, which suppress immunity.
Striking that elusive balance between restful sleep and optimized stress levels can be difficult, but is absolutely essential if we wish to minimize the autoimmune diseases in our lives.
Improving the Immune System
Be mindful of your nutrition.
Remove anti-inflammatory foods.
- Many grains may appear innocuous, but they can cause inflammation in your body. From ubiquitous gluten and wheat to lesser-known culprits, it’s important to be aware of how certain foods you eat could possibly cause inflammation in your system.
- Some well-loved vegetables can cause discomfort and pose a health risk. Nightshades, peppers, goji berries, tomatoes – even the much-loved eggplant has been implicated in contributing to inflammation. Take care not to overindulge.
- While dairy products may be comforting at the moment, their inflammatory effects can have long-term consequences for your health. Before you reach for that latte or cheese plate, consider if it’s truly worth taking a toll on your well-being.
We can find out through testing, which can show many different kinds of foods that could be causing some sensitivity or inflammation in your body.
Eating right can be your ticket to a healthier, happier life—and the benefits go beyond the physical! Grass-fed beef, organic poultry like chicken or turkey, fish, and leafy greens such as broccoli and kale are great sources of balanced nutrition. To add some extra color (and nutrients) to your shopping cart, try adding carrots or red cabbage, but steer clear of peppers—they just don’t make the cut.
Exercise and Movement
I know. You’re tired all the time, and your body aches. But even a small but consistent amount of movement surely boosts the immune system. If you have some joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis or you have generalized tiredness, you could do some water exercises, which help with sore muscles and also help reduce inflammation.
Don’t exercise vigorously if you’re having a lot of aches and pains, and if you have a flare-up of your immune system.
Sleep is not a luxury; it is vital to your health. Getting 6–8 hours of good quality sleep every night is essential for avoiding autoimmune diseases, boosting your immune system, and fighting off conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Therefore, managing your stress levels, calming your body with relaxation techniques before turning in, and ensuring a comfortable environment to sleep in all contribute to getting the best restorative sleep. Doing so will bring you an array of benefits, such as higher energy levels; improved focus, concentration, memory, and judgment; and an overall increase in joy and well-being.
Most of us have autoimmune conditions that impact our body’s natural defense system. Supplementation may be able to help boost the immune system and reduce symptoms related to some autoimmune diseases.
Adding vitamins and minerals from natural sources, such as magnesium and vitamin C, into your diet along with food is a great way to get the nutrients your body needs to properly function. Knowing what micronutrient deficiencies you have in order to determine which supplements will best help you manage your autoimmune condition can be a huge relief.
How do you know if you have an autoimmune condition?
If you think you may have an autoimmune condition, it’s important to make sure by taking the right tests. There are specific panels your doctor can run that can help diagnose certain autoimmune diseases. For example, they will check your levels of thyroid antibodies.
Because there are many autoimmune conditions, testing can provide essential information to diagnose and understand what might be going on in the body and how best to proceed with a successful treatment plan. As such, it’s important to make sure you speak with your doctor about the panels available so you can assess if autoimmune conditions might be at play.
Is autoimmunity reversible?
It can be reversed.
A healthy immune system isn’t just about what you put into your body; it’s also about how you take care of yourself. Take the right steps to reduce your antibody levels with an anti-inflammatory, balanced approach, and elevate those helpful antibodies! Incorporating techniques like meditation, mindfulness, or other stress management tactics into a regular routine can make all the difference in reviving long-term wellness.
Autoimmune conditions are on the rise, but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless against them. By understanding the root causes of autoimmunity and taking steps to reverse those causes, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from these debilitating diseases. If you think you may be suffering from an autoimmune disorder or if you would like to learn more about how to prevent these conditions, schedule a discovery call with me today. Thanks for reading!
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