Updated: Jul 22
Individuals experience many common physical problems that can signify an immune disorder.
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 23.5 million Americans (more than seven percent of the population) suffer from an autoimmune disease—and that number is rising. These numbers reflect a 300% increase over the past decade, making Autoimmune an epidemic crisis.
Below are some symptoms as well as advice if you are diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease:
Autoimmune diseases and digestive related problems can be very debilitating and can take over your whole life. Your food sensitivities and Gut Flora could be the root of your problem.
As Hypocrites said "All disease begins in the Gut." That's right, a "Leaky Gut" is a condition where your intestines become permeable and larger particles are able to enter the bloodstream triggering your immune system 24/7.
What is now known as AIP (Paleo on Crack) The Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP) is an Elimination Diet key to returning your health! It will take time and dedication to be successful and finally heal, but this commitment can show amazing results in as little as 30 days.
Fatigue is usually one of the first symptoms of an autoimmune disease accompanied by brain fog, difficulty concentrating and even a low-grade fever; making it a very general complaint and easily dismissed by your doctor as being normal.
It is, in fact, a very serious indicator and often misunderstood by family, friends and co-workers.
If you are suffering from these general conditions you should get tested. Getting hormones, balanced, proper exercise and "good " sleep while addressing other issues and solutions is at the core of getting your energy back!
Your body wants to be healthy! Detox! You have to get the bad stuff out first!
In order to heal you have to rid your body of toxins. And that means cleansing your body from the inside out.
Get rid of toxic relationships, test for mold in your home, get stress out of your life! Drink lots of water and do a juice detox regimen. There are many to chose from!
Don't take a bunch of supplements on top of a dirty engine, it's NOT going to work. You are out of balance. You have to do an overhaul!
Don't put lipstick on a pig, you'll still have a pig...with lipstick.
BUILD A MEDICAL TEAM! A Rheumatologist, for example, is a highly trained doctor who specializes in autoimmune diseases. The problem with western medicine is we tend to treat symptoms with prescriptions without addressing the core problem.
Functional Medicine treats the whole body and focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease.
There is a host of alternative practices that have been developed to successfully treat and calm the immune system; techniques that greatly improve the quality of life for the person with a chronic illness.
How we manage day to day responsibilities are just as important as the home we live in. Surrounding yourself with positive vibrations will keep your body grounded and in balance.
The way you handle stress has a lot to do with perspective.
Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and living in the present with gratitude are all great ways to manage stress.
And yes, laughter is the best medicine. Take time for you.
Many toxins in our world are unavoidable, but toxic household chemicals, toxic foods, and toxic people are all part of your environment that you do have control over.
Check your house for toxic mold. Test your water for chemicals. Make sure you get enough sunshine. And smile.
Your environment is not just where you live but HOW you live. Are your relationships full of joy, love, and happiness? Do you love yourself? Do you feel a sense of purpose?
Be responsible for the immediate environment you create.