Naturally Treating Your Body When You have an Autoimmune Disorder
Autoimmune disease used to be thought of as a genetic disease only. We now know that genetics plays a role in autoimmune disease, but environmental factors, such as food sensitivity, toxins, infections, stress and leaky gut also play a part in autoimmune disease. Along with the causes of autoimmune disease, we’ve also been able to determine other myths about our previous knowledge of autoimmune disease. We’ll discuss 5 concepts about autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune disorders can be reversed.
Autoimmune diseases usually do not usually have a simple, single cause. There are usually two major factors that are involved in causing them: genetics and environment. Genetics – Even with a genetic connection to autoimmune disease, there is no guarantee that you will develop an autoimmune disease. Something must “turn on” your immune system to trigger an autoimmune response. Environment – Environmental factors make up more than half the risk of developing an autoimmune disease. We know that certain environmental substances can trigger autoimmune disease. For example, silica can trigger scleroderma; certain drugs can trigger lupus; and, in some women, pregnancy can trigger an autoimmune disease. The fact that we now know that the environment influences our genes is great news. When it comes to treatment and reversing autoimmune disease progression, your health is in your hands. By changing your diet and reducing toxins in your body, and supporting your immune system, you can stabilize your immune system.
You don’t need medication to affect your symptoms
The numbers are truly staggering – over 60 million people have allergies, 30 million people are asthmatic, and 24 million people have autoimmune disorders including, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease plus many other ‘hard-to-identify’ health issues. The annual healthcare cost for autoimmune diseases (alone) is $120 billion/year – which is nearly twice the financial burden of cancer care. Unfortunately, too many people are lead to believe that anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and immune-suppressing agents will solve the problem.
In reality, these drugs cause more harm than good.Most doctors don’t factor in diet when treating autoimmune disease. They simply prescribe harsh medications to squelch the symptoms, but they don’t treat the underlying cause of the issue. With a change in diet, proper daily supplements and by decreasing the toxins in your body, you are able to heal your issue at the source.
Digestion and gut health effect autoimmune disorders directly
If you’re looking to calm down an overactive immune system – that continually attacks healthy body tissue – then you must address the underlying metabolic causes of cellular inflammation. Your doctor or whoever you work with should test your for hidden gastrointestinal infections like yeast, Salmonella, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, LPS toxins, viruses or Lyme disease? Are you checking for any food sensitivities? And, of course, don’t overlook the dangers of heavy metal toxicity. Again, due to the relationship between the digestive system and the immune system its worth mentioning its importance as it relates to autoimmune diseas. Healing your leaky gut and autoimmune symptoms begins with reviving your gut health and your digestion. In order to stay healthy, you have to keep your gut healthy. There are many things to consider when you are autoimmune and this is where it becomes necessary to work with a holistic physician.
A gluten-free diet can help you autoimmune disorder
Many doctors still don’t see the link between gut health, gluten and autoimmune disease, but this is simple. Remove gluten from your diet and your gut will thank you. Going gluten free is not a trendy diet or a quick fix to your autoimmune disease, but it will make a huge difference in your gut health and because 80% of your immune system is in your gut, this is a great place to start if you are struggling with any kind of autoimmune disease.
You can live pain free and symptoms free with an autoimmune disorder
Autoimmune disease does not have to keep you from your daily life. You don’t always have to worry about your symptoms and accept a poor quality of life. You can live symptom free and pain free.
Dr. Hagmeyer with the Naperville Institute for Neuro Metabolic Solutions provides holistic healing and nutritional guidelines to treat the cause of your issue, not simply the symptoms. Contact Dr. Hagmeyer today for a free 15-minute consultation.