Autoimmunity-steps for better management

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Autoimmune diseases are a set of illnesses, which involve our immune system attacking us. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Graves disease, Lupus, MS, Hashimoto’s and Type 1 Diabetes are all types of autoimmune conditions. These diseases often have a variety of triggers including genetics, stress and lifestyle.  They can affect any part of the body at any time of life.

Our bodies have a complex immune system, which on the whole works to protect us from invaders such as viruses, parasites and bacteria. Unfortunately sometimes this system lets us down! Naturopathy can play a vital road in helping you manage your condition and remission is possible with the right treatment.

Here are some simple steps to managing an autoimmune condition-

Reduce your intake of inflammatory foods- these include alcohol, dairy, gluten, caffeine, sugar and processed foods.

Increase your intake of oily fish, olive oil, flaxseeds, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables (purple carrots, berries, beetroot).

Eat herbs that fight inflammation including turmeric, garlic and cinnamon.

Try herbal teas, which help to cleanse and support the digestive system- peppermint, liquorice, ginger and dandelion.

Include stress management techniques in your life- tai chi, acupuncture, massage and meditation are all great for reducing stress. Stress can play a major part in your body’s response to disease.

Take a probiotic every day. 80% of immune health is in the gut and this is the best place to start your recovery.

In my experience working with people who suffer from these types of conditions, slow and steady wins the race.  A gentle and consistent treatment plan is often the way to success. It may mean a change of lifestyle for you but it may also mean you can move forward with your life without constant pain.