Any infection in your body can be a threat for your health! Our immune system works hard to effectively destroy its targets. But what if our own body becomes the target? What will happen if our immune system begins a war against our organs and tissues? In such case, we are talking about autoimmune diseases.
Today, you will find out more about the causes, symptoms and most effective natural remedies for treating autoimmune diseases.
Some of the more common autoimmune diseases:
- Addison’s disease:adrenal hormone insufficiency
- Celiac disease:a reaction to gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) that harms the lining of the small intestine
- Graves’ disease:overactive thyroid gland
- Hashimoto’s disease:inflammation of the thyroid gland
- Inflammatory bowel diseases:a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestine
- Pernicious anemia:a decrease in red blood cell count caused by an inability to absorb vitamin B-12
- Psoriasis:a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches
- Reactive arthritis:inflammation of joints, urethra, and eyes; may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes
- Rheumatoid arthritis:inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
- Scleroderma:a connective tissue disease that causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs
- Sjögren syndrome:destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may affect kidneys and lungs
- Systemic lupus erythematosus:affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs
- Type 1 diabetes:destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas
- Vitiligo:white patches on the skin caused by loss of pigment
Common Causes of Autoimmune Diseases
- Excessive stress
- Antibiotics(isoniazid and minocycline), antipsychotics (chlorpromazine), antifungal drugs (voriconazole, griseofulvin), antihypertensive agents (hydralazine, captopril, methyldopa), and even cholesterol-lowering drugs (lovastatin, simvastatin, gemfibrozil)
- Sun exposure
- Gluten exposure and sugar intake
Early Signs and Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases
It is very important to pay attention to every detail because any organ or tissue in your body can become the target of an autoimmune process.
These are some of the most common symptoms:
- Increased sensitivity to ultraviolet (sometimes called “sun allergy”)
- Low-grade fever, often persistent
- Unexplainable weight loss or gain (often seen in thyroid disorders)
- Red, scaly patches (may indicate psoriasis)
- Patches of depigmented skin (vitiligo)
- Unspecific rashes
- Butterfly-shaped rash across the nose and cheeks
Muscles and Joints
- Stiffness and pain
- Progressive weakness
Head and Brain
- Persistent headache
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety, irritability, mood disorders
When it comes to diagnosing an autoimmune process, the main problem is that they all have similar symptoms and signs. According to some sources, an average patient may undergo 6-10 consultations with different doctors before it is discovered that the autoimmunity is the cause of the individual’s suffering.
After you have the diagnosis, you should treat the condition. We don’t recommend the conventional therapy because it can cause various side effects and complications:
- It can increase your risk of stomach bleeding/perforation by 40%
- 4% of patients experience adrenal insufficiency
- More than24% of patients may experience steroid-induced cataract;
We strongly recommend using natural methods to prevent and treat autoimmune diseases.
Step-By-Step Autoimmune Autoimmune Disease Natural Remedies and Strategies
- Find out the underlying cause.
- Perform and elimination diet to remove inflammatory foods
- Get checked for heavy metal toxicity
- Get a comprehensive stool test to check for parasites, bacteria, and infections
- Try a gallbladder flush
- Eat Foods Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids
According to many studies, omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation in patients with psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus erythematosus. Moreover, they can enhance brain function, reduce symptoms of metabolic syndrome, improve eye health, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases. The best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flax seeds, chia seeds, spinach, fish oil, free-range chicken eggs, seafood, and walnuts.
- Treat Your Infections (Especially The Chronic Ones)
It is well-known that there is a relation between autoimmune processes and infectious diseases. For instance there is a strong link between Helicobacter pylori and immune thrombocytopenia, Streptococcus pyogenes and arthritis, Campylobacter jejuni and Guillain-Barrésyndrome. It is very important to treat all infections on time, so they will not become chronic. In this way, you will prevent possible autoimmune diseases and alleviate current ones.
- Manage Your Stress
Stress can contribute to further complications in your gut and immune system. To manage your stress, you can try meditation. Besides improving fatigue and stabilizing your mood, this incredible technique is very beneficial for autoimmune diseases as well.
- Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can be very detrimental to your immune system. It can lead to the production of the auto-antibodies (antibodies triggering your own tissues and organs). Hence, it is very important to sleep for 7-8 hours every night.
- Exercise (In Any Form)
Aerobic and resistance physical activity are very beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. You can start with walking 10-15 minutes barefoot outdoors. Even though this is a simple exercise, trust me it is very useful for reducing inflammation
- Consider Trying Barberry
Barberry or Berberine is a salt found in plants of the Berberis family. They have potent anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties and have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine. It has been shown that Berberine can provide incredible results in experimental models of certain autoimmune disorders. Even though a further research needs to be done, Berberine offers promising results for treating autoimmune processes.
According to recent studies, ginger is a potent pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory agent. Patients with osteoarthritis reported a great improvement after using ginger extract. In fact, that is 94.6% effectiveness!
To prevent and treat autoimmune diseases:
- Have proper night sleep
- Normalize your lifestyle and routine
- Practice a stress-relieving technique
- Exercise regularly
- Follow a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- If you catch a cold, make sure to treat it right away
When talking about plants and herbs, ginger and barberry are very helpful for treating autoimmune diseases.
Source: Juicing For Health