Reversing Autoimmune Disease Symptoms with Five Strategies will help relieve many of the debilitating symptoms of your autoimmune disease. The latest health epidemic facing us is autoimmune diseases. Doctors are increasingly diagnosing people with diseases such as Hashimoto’s, a thyroid disorder, and skin issues like Psoriasis to name a few. In many cases, people assume it’s a lifelong battle fought each day with conventional medicine and a pill. Recently, I have discovered this is not the case. Functional physicians like Dr. Amy Myers MD, author of The Autoimmune Solution are making the argument that you can reverse autoimmune disease with better nutrition. Most newly diagnosed cases of these autoimmune diseases begin in the gut, more specifically in our intestines. Our intestines are supposed to hold back toxins and microbes, but in a leaky gut, the walls of the intestines develop perforations that allow these particles to pass through the walls of the intestines. The particles then enter the bloodstream causing a rise in inflammation and triggering or worsening autoimmune diseases.
These five tips can help you to heal your gut, reverse the effects of inflammation, improve your diet and reduce your risk factors.
Start by Healing the Gut
Our cells turn over every day and none faster than those in our intestines making it possible to reverse a leaky gut in as little as 30 days by following theses fours steps.
- Eliminate stress, toxins and inflammatory foods from your diet that cause damage and infections to the gut.
- Focus on replacing good stomach acids and healthy enzymes needed to improve digestion.
- Protect your immune system with healthy bacteria such as the probiotics found in Shakeology or Restore.
- Improve your nutrition and rebuild your gut lining by getting enough of good nutrients and amino acids.
Improve Your Diet
The modern American diet is loaded with processed foods filled with hidden sugars and chemical preservatives that wreak havoc with our gut health and cause inflammation. Foods that we think are healthy such as grains, dairy, and eggs actually lead to leaky gut and cause inflammation. Gluten is especially bad for your gut; it contains zonulin, a chemical that tells the walls of your intestines to open up allowing toxins, undigested food particles and microbes to escape into the blood stream.
The best thing to do is an elimination diet for thirty days. Stop eating dairy, grains, eggs, sugar, and any other inflammatory foods. After thirty days, begin adding foods back in one at a time to determine if your body reacts poorly to them. If you react with symptoms of inflammation, remove that food from your diet for good.
Lessen Your Exposure to Toxins
The higher your toxic exposure is the higher your risk of developing an autoimmune disease becomes. To lower your risk, focus on preventing exposure and ridding your system of the toxic build up in your body. You can prevent exposure by eating organic fruits and veggies free of pesticides, drink filtered water and avoid body products or cleaning supplies with chemicals. Detox your system by staying hydrated, getting the nutrients your liver needs to function properly and sweating.
Cure Any Infections
You may think you are healthy, but you could have traces of viral or bacterial infections that may contribute to an autoimmune disease. Ask your doctor to run blood tests to find any traces of an infection. Antibiotics will help heal any bacterial infections you may have. Cure viral infections with a stronger immune system, and get plenty of vitamin C and D. One key way to strengthen your immune system is to skip the drugs that suppress your immune system.
Stress causes a lot of trouble in our lives. Every time our stress levels are elevated the hormone cortisol increases in our blood stream and leads to inflammation. When we experience chronic stress, our immune systems shut down as it cannot handle high levels of inflammation. It becomes a frantic roller coaster ride. The best way to get off the roller coaster is to reduce your stress levels. Take time during your day for meditation, exercise, or any other stress reduction strategy that works for you. It will give your immune system a break, let it rest and reset while reducing inflammation.
Putting each of these strategies into action can help you reduce your risk factors for developing an autoimmune disease and reverse any autoimmune disease you may already have.