More than an estimated 50 million people suffer from autoimmune diseases, according to the American Auto Immune Related Disease Related Association.
An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.
But having an autoimmune diseases can be reversed by addressing the root causes. And there are some steps you can take to repair your system:There are as many as 80 types of autoimmune diseases. Many of them have similar symptoms, which makes them very difficult to diagnose. It’s also possible to have more than one at the same time.
Repair your gut
Having a leaky gut is one of the primary causes of developing an autoimmune disease. A leaky gut allows undigested food particles, microbes, toxins, and more to escape your gut and enter your bloodstream, which causes inflammation that triggers or worsens any autoimmune condition.
To fix your gut you should:
- Remove inflammatory foods, toxins, and stress that damage your gut, as well as gut infections from yeast, parasites, or bacteria
- Replenish enzymes and acids necessary for proper digestion.
- Make sure you have plenty of friendly bacteria to support your immune system.
- Provide the nutrients and amino acids needed to build a healthy gut lining.
Optimize your diet
The foods you eat play a major role in two key components of autoimmune disease — gut health and inflammation. Try removing all toxic and inflammatory foods for 30 days.The gut heals quickly and after that period you can start to add foods back into your diet to see which ones contribute to your symptoms and which ones your body is okay with.
- Remove processed food and junk food from your diet.
- Stop eating grains, dairy, legumes, eggs, corn, and soy, which can all contribute to leaky gut and inflammation.
- Think about going gluten free as gluten triggers the release of a chemical called zonulin, which tells the walls of your intestines to open up and is highly inflammatory.
Lessen your toxic exposure
Toxic chemical are all around us - in our air, water, food, products we use and more - and they are absorbed by the body.
The two main things you should be doing include prevention and detoxification.
- Eating organic foods
- Minimize use of plastic
- Filter your air and water
- Use toxin-free body products
- Get plenty of the vitamins and nutrients needed by your liver
- Stay hydrated
- Do activities to make you sweat, such as exercising or using a sauna
Research has linked a number of viral and bacterial infections to autoimmune disease, including Epstein-Barr (the virus that causes mono), Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, E. coli, and more.
- Take antibiotics to get rid of your bacterial infections
- Viral infections can be lessened by getting plenty of vitamin D and vitamin C and supplements that support a healthy immune system
Stress revs up your immune system and produces a wave of inflammation. But then it also suppresses your immune system because sustaining a high level of inflammation is dangerous. Chronic stress sends your immune system on that rollercoaster of revving up and slowing back down over and over again. That is so taxing on your immune system and causes it to stop functioning properly. Managing that stress can be done in a variety of ways that work for you.