There are many autoimmune conditions that people are living with, including celiac disease, lupus, Lyme disease, MS, psoriasis, RA, IBS, thyroiditis. What they all have in common is an overactive immune system. This means the immune system doesn’t know the difference between a harmful pathogen and your own tissues. When an autoimmune disease is present the immune systems attack the “healthy” tissues and can have a devastating result.
The causes and triggers for Auto-Immune Disease can be caused by environmental factors as well as genetics, although environmental are a larger factor because of repeated exposure to toxins. Some of these toxins are mercury, chemicals in cleaning agents and cosmetics. Other causes and factors are chronic rural or bacterial infections, food allergies, hormone imbalances and stress are all linked to autoimmune diseases. It is very difficult and frustrating to get an accurate diagnosis because doctors dismiss the symptoms as “all in the patient’s head”. It’s important to stay persistent and choose a specialist who is knowledgeable about autoimmune disorders. This is a time when you have to be an advocate for your own health. Always go with your gut feeling if you feel like something is wrong. (There are actually brain cells in your gut!”)
Health liver function, since its the main cleansing organ in immunity, is important to help the liver do its work of cleansing out toxins from our bodies. Detoxifying herbs like burdock which is rich in iron and vitamin C, calcium to stimulate bile flow and protects the liver. Another is Cleavers. Cleaver is a leafy green herb that not only stimulates the liver and lymphatic systems but also is a strong anti-inflammatory. Dandelion root increases bile flow and volume so the liver can eliminate toxins more efficiently. It also supports balanced immunity. All of these herbs help enhance liver function and cushion health effects from environmental toxins. If you choose to take a supplement make sure it has the correct amount of the nutrients. Always consult your physician when taking a supplement to make sure they don’t interfere with medications. Even if there is no cure for an autoimmune disease you can give your body the support it needs by providing these nutrients and making these changes.
To help keep your immune system strong there are a few things you can do.
- Learn about “your” autoimmune disease. Knowledge is your best friend.
- Do some form of stress management… self-hypnosis, meditation, deep breathing, yoga.
- Keep a record of symptoms, triggers, diets, or anything that may trigger symptoms.
- Find a doctor that specializes in autoimmune disease.
- Do an elimination diet.
- Get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is when your immune systems naturally rebuild.
- Do some form of exercise. Simply walking and strength training are adequate. For good nutritional support try fermented mushrooms. These are very powerful immune and anti-inflammatory agents. Reishi, cordyceps 540mg, turkey tail mushrooms all help balance or build the body’s immune system. Detoxifying herbs, Burdock, Cleavers, Dandelion, 490mg, and Schisandra extract, 100mg.