An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells because the immune system can not appropriately differentiate the good cells from harmful foreign organisms such as bacteria.
The exact cause of autoimmune diseases is unknown.
Examples of autoimmune diseases include; polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Wegener’s granulomatosis.
An autoimmune disease could;
- lead to the destruction of a body tissue
- cause the abnormal growth of an organ
- alter the proper function of an organ
An autoimmune disease could affect various tissue types or organs of the body. However, the most common areas affected include the; skin, red blood cells, connective tissues, blood vessels, joints, and endocrine glands.
Symptoms of autoimmune diseases would vary depending on the location and type of faulty immune response. However, common symptoms of immune diseases include; fever, fatigue, joint pain, rash, and malaise (general ill feeling).
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with an autoimmune disease;
- Focus your diet on anti-inflammatory foods such as wild fish, berries, and dark green leafy vegetables.
- Go for a thorough test and check for hidden infections such as Lyme, viruses, and bacteria. If there is any, get treated for the infection.
- Test your gut’s permeability and start the healing process if you have a leaky gut. About 60% of the immune system resides underneath the lining of the guts. as such the gut places a crucial role for a proper immune response.
- Endeavor to exercise regularly as exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory.
- You could take up relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
- Ensure you get a quality night sleep every night. Lack of quality sleep increases the risk of numerous conditions including autoimmune disorders.
Below are natural home remedies for autoimmune disease;
Sleep for about 8 hours everyday. Lack of sleep can make you irritable and can increase sugar cravings which could result in various conditions such as diabetes or even autoimmune diseases.
Stabilise Your Gut
Stabilise your gut by eating whole, anti-inflammatory foods. Avoid gluten and sugar-laden foods. A huge portion of your immune system is responsive to the stability of your gut.
Lupeol and salicylic acid, in aloe vera, are analgesic in nature. Furthermore, aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory properties due to some of its fatty-acid. You could blend aloe vera, mix with water and drink as a juice. However, drink in moderation so as to not upset your stomach and intestinal tracts.
Fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties because of the essential fatty acids in it. This makes it good for ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, spinal spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory which help to reduce inflammation which is a common issue with people that have autoimmune disease. You can simply add ginger as a spice to you meals.
Do a Heavy Metal Toxicity Checkup
Heavy metals, such as mercury, can be a risk factor to autoimmune diseases.
Curcumin, a phenol in turmeric spice, has anti-inflammatory properties that suppresses enzymes that cause inflammation in autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
Oregano is good for autoimmune diseases because of its anti-inflammatory properties. You can add 3 or 4 drops of oregano oil into a glass of water and drink.
A set of enzymes, called bromelain, in pineapple have potenet anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it good for autoimmune diseases such as spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Maca is a medicinal root that has a positive reaction to the immune system which encourages immunity strength without over-stimulating the immune system. Maca plays an important role in preventing autoimmune diseases involving the anomaly of the endocrine system such as hypothyroidism.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains pantothenic acid which have anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains calcium and manganese which is good for mineralizing the bones and to reduce joint pain.
Cinnamon has potent antibacterial properties which help reduce bacteria activities in the gut. Thus, helping in ulcerative colitis. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it good for rheumatoid arthritis.
Exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory. Do exercise regularly.
Virgin coconut oil has potent pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties (lauric acid in coconut oil is anti-inflammatory in nature). This makes it good for autoimmune disease such as spondylitis and Crohn’s disease.
Rest and Relax Well
Resting, relaxing and meditating are very good for general well being and help promote good health.
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