If you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease, maybe you have heard from most conventional doctors that it is for a lifetime. But, the most important thing you need to know is that you can reverse autoimmune disease.
An autoimmune diagnosis doesn’t mean settling for a lifetime of harsh medications or resigning to debilitating symptoms that get worse over time. Here are five strategies that can help you to reverse autoimmune disease.
You may have a genetic predisposition for the autoimmune disorder but now we know that genes can be turned on and off by lifestyle and environmental factors. They are not static. So, by addressing five common lifestyle and environmental factors we can reverse autoimmune disease and bring back in balance the immune system.
1. Remove Toxic And Inflammatory Foods From Your Diet
The foods you eat play a serious role in two key components of autoimmune disease – inflammation and gut health. Sadly, our modern way of life is full of foods that have a negative impact on the two.
Junk food and processed food are usual suspects but this also includes the pseudo health foods such as gluten-free and low-fat packaged foods, because they are often loaded with additives, sugar, and preservatives.
Also, large contributions to inflammation and leaky gut have foods such as dairy, grains, soy, corn, eggs. It is surprising because we typically think about these foods that they are cornerstones in a healthy diet.
Gluten is the main villain because it triggers the release of a chemical called zonulin. This chemical tells the walls of your intestines to open up and is extremely inflammatory. (1)
So, by removing these inflammatory foods you can reduce inflammation and ease or reverse autoimmune disease.
Don’t be afraid to try an elimination diet. You’ll see the change just by removing all inflammatory and toxic foods for 30 days. Then, after you’ll give your body a break from inflammation, add foods one at a time back in your diet to see which one contribute to your symptoms.
2. Heal Your Gut
One of the primary causes for developing an autoimmune disease is having a leaky gut. And without healthy gut is almost impossible to have a healthy immune system.
Fortunately, you can heal your gut just in 30 days. Just follow these steps and your gut will turn over very quickly.
- Remove the toxins, inflammatory foods, and stress that harm your gut, as well as gut infections from bacteria, parasites, or yeast.
- Recharge acids and enzymes necessary for proper digestion.
- Make sure you have plenty of “good” bacteria to support your immune system.
- Provide the amino acids and nutrients needed to build a healthy gut lining.
3. Prevention and Detoxification
Every day we are exposed to a huge number of toxic chemicals and it’s not a secret. Our bodies are attacked by:
- Pollution in our air
- Pesticides in our food
- Contaminants in our water
- Cocktail of chemicals in our products
A higher toxic load puts you at bigger risk of developing an autoimmune disease, on the other hand reducing your toxic load helps to reverse autoimmune disease.
When it comes to reducing your toxic load, it is all about detoxification and prevention. For detoxification use plenty of the nutrients and vitamins needed by your liver, stay hydrated and exercise.
4. Get Rid Of Stress
Most of the people are exposed to chronic stress. This exhausts the immune system and it responds by triggering or worsening autoimmune disease.
Get rid of stress whether through exercise, art, meditation, prayer or with any other activity you enjoy. This way you’ll give a break to your immune system and also it is very helpful for reducing inflammation.
You may find this strategy as one of the most challenging because there is no perfect way to handle it. Everyone manages stress differently and you have to find which way works best for you.
5. Heal Your Infections
Infections are another key factor for autoimmune disease. Studies link a number of bacterial and viral infections to autoimmune disease, including herpes simplex 1 and 2, Epstein-Barr, E. coli, and more.
Through a blood test, your doctor can determine if you have any latent infections. Take plenty of vitamin C and vitamin D, and maintain a healthy gut.