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8 Natural Lifestyle Changes to Make After An Autoimmune Disease Diagnosis
The minute you’re in the doctor’s office and you see the doctor’s face it hits you like a ton of bricks. The imminent diagnosis that is coming your way at that very moment. The diagnosis is the hardest part, and for those with an autoimmune disease, the diagnosis can be somewhat a relief. Autoimmune diseases can take quite some time to reach a definitive diagnosis. The average time it takes for a doctor to determine the disease is between 4 to 5 years! Autoimmune disease diagnosis is on the rise though, with more than 24 million Americans, or between 5 to 8 percent of the population diagnosed with some sort of autoimmune disease. More commonly women suffer from autoimmune diseases than men do. Check out our latest blog post about the Top 8 Autoimmune Diseases Every Woman Should Know About.
Reading stories about peoples experiences battling autoimmune diseases has opened my eyes to the pure devastation these diseases can have on someone’s life. Lifestyle choices and patterns may need to be changed in order to live a healthier life and minimize possible symptoms for those autoimmune disease patients.
Effects of Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases can vary from very mild to very aggressive. Just think about the basis of what our immune system does for our body. Our immune system acts as protection for our body by fighting off bacteria, viruses, and infections. However, sometimes your immune system in response to an unknown trigger may begin to produce antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attacks the body’s own tissues. This can lead to some potentially serious health issues.
When looking for signs of an autoimmune disease, inflammation is a key factor in most autoimmune disease, which then leads to redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Other than inflammation, other signs and symptoms vary depending on the autoimmune disease. If the disease affects the joints like those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, you might have joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. If it affects the thyroid, such as Graves’ disease and thyroiditis, it might cause tiredness, weight gain, and muscle aches. While if it attacks the skin, as it does in Scleroderma/Systemic Sclerosis, vitiligo, and Systematic Lupus, it can cause rashes, blisters, and color changes.
Natural Lifestyle Changes to Make With An Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune disease can be irritated quite easily, especially the onset of inflammation which can lead to a multitude of problems. Many doctor’s solutions to any alignment are to medicate, with medicine being the easy fix. Maybe though, instead of turning to medicine as the fix, you can start by slowly making tiny lifestyle changes to help control and alleviate autoimmune disease symptoms.
A common association with autoimmune diseases is a leaky gut. Leaky gut syndrome is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment and filter needed nutrients that your gut leaks. When dealing with leaky gut syndrome the most important thing is to monitor what you eat by focusing on eating anti-inflammatory foods like omega-3 wild fish, greens, and turmeric. You also need to be sure to avoid certain inflammatory foods that could rattle your autoimmune disease and leaky gut. One of the foods you need to avoid is gluten because gluten can cause digestive issues such as increasing changes of a leaky gut and further inflammation. Gluten in today’s products has been man-made, making it extremely difficult for the body to recognize. Other foods to also avoid include corn, eggs, nightshade vegetables, and nuts.
Search For Possible Infections
Personally, I don’t stay on top of my health like I should. However, when dealing with an autoimmune disease staying on top of your health is vital. Infections are recognized by our immune system, but when dealing with an autoimmune disease your immune system doesn’t quite function the way it should. Instead of your immune system fighting the virus or bacteria, it mistakenly attacks normal body cells. This causes the infection to go untreated and creating potential health hazards in the future.
Testing for Allergies
Food allergies are an impossible immune response that affects some people. Certain foods can cause allergy flare-ups which can elicit symptoms of your autoimmune disease. Getting tested for allergies is important to so you can learn what foods will cause an allergic response and cause further inflammation.
Checking For Toxins
Exposure to high levels of Mercury has been found to cause damage to the nervous system. As well as be extremely hazardous to health associated with those with autoimmune diseases, such as women of childbearing ages. Other metals including mercury can be a risk factor for autoimmunity so it is important to be vigilant of exposure to metals in your environment.
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It all lies in your gut, well at least 60 to 70 percent of your immune system does. If this surface breaks down, your immune system will get triggered and start reacting to foods, toxins, and viruses in their gut. To start healing your gut you need to start eating whole foods and a gluten-free diet.
Moving is key! Maintaining an exercise regimen can help act as a natural anti-inflammatory. That doesn’t mean you need to be rigorous but just by moving a little bit it can help your overall health drastically.
Health mind equals a healthy body. This is a very true statement because stress worsens your immune response. The best methods to use to gain relaxation include yoga, deep breathing, and massages. By practicing these methods you can reduce stress and anxiety.
Sleep, Sleep, and More Sleep!
The pain caused by autoimmune diseases can sometimes lead to sleeping problems. However, a lack of sleep can damage your metabolism, making you crave more carbs and sugars. This can drive up the risk of diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.
It may take an adjustment period to get to grips with the changes you must make in your life after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. With these helpful tips, you can learn to live a little easier when diagnosed with the ever challenging autoimmune diseases.
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