Life With Autoimmune Diseases – Diet and Lifestyle Tips
What is an autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune Diseases are conditions caused by an immune response against the body’s tissues. They develop when the immune system destroys normal body tissues. Sometimes the immune system will fail to recognize one or more of the body’s normal materials as what they are: normal. The body then creates autoantibodies – (antibodies attack its own cells, tissues, and organs). This causes inflammation and damage and leads to many different Autoimmune Disorders.
What Causes Autoimmune Diseases?
The cause of an autoimmune disease is still unknown. Some theories scientist have stated Autoimmune Diseases are hereditary, environmental irritants, chemical irritants, or can stem from bacterial or viral sickness.
Although unknown how it is caused, there are many ways to test for the disease. The sooner you catch the disease, the easier it is to treat. Always pay attention to your symptoms and the length of time you are experiencing them. The more information you can provide a physician the better.
Diet for Autoimmune Disease
Improving Your Diet for Control Over Autoimmune Diseases
There are thousands of people with autoimmune diseases who are desperate to alleviate the problem. The most common course of action is changing your diet. For this, you need to know which foods are causing issues with your body and avoid them.
Also, you can make a new diet by getting prescribed supplements. Just make sure to check if your body can digest them in a proper way.
- Legumes such as broccoli and beans
- Fruits and vegetables that have seeds
- Sodas and other carbonated beverages
- Sugary and starchy foods (cakes, cookies, pastry, bread, etc.)
- Beverages with caffeine
These items are the main cause of your problem, so be careful and try to leave them out of your daily diet.
Autoimmune disease symptoms
Symptoms of an Autoimmune Disease include:
- Feeling Sick
Autoimmune diseases symptoms vary because they affect many parts of the body.
The most common parts of the body affected are:
- Blood vessels
- Red blood cells
- Endocrine glands
- Connective tissue
Avoid the following foods
- Drinks containing Caffeine
- Greasy, fried and fatty foods
- Spicy foods
- Sugary foods or drinks
Foods that may be regularly eaten in any quantity
- Ripened Bananas
- White rice
- Fish (broiled or baked-avoid shellfish)
- Chicken Soups (No Cream Soups)
- Fresh Chicken or Turkey
- Cooked vegetables
- English muffin
- Plain Cereals (e.g., Cheerios, Cornflakes,
Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
- Ripened Banana
- Fruit juices (except prune juice)
- applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe,
canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon,
- Enriched refined white bread or buns
- Alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots,
celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms,
green/red peppers, potatoes (peeled), squash, zucchini
- Well-cooked, tender meat, fish and eggs
- Potatoes (no skin)
- Vegetable juices
- Arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers,
plain melba toast
- White Rice
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Treatment for your Autoimmune Disease
There are many ways you can keep your Autoimmune Disease in check. Medical remedies include medication for inflammation or joint pain, pain medication, or Immunosuppressants. Your physician may also try physical therapy, blood transfusions or hormone replacement.
Natural remedies include a healthy diet, exercise, vitamins, stress relieving alternatives and good sleeping patterns. You can also try herbs, acupuncture, or even see your chiropractor
Lifestyle Tips for Autoimmune Diseases
The best way you can help yourself when suffering from an Autoimmune Disease is by keeping your stress levels as low as possible via meditation, gymnastics, exercise, or tai chi. Also, you should focus on healing your gut where the most of our immune system resides. Start by knowing the level of your gut permeability, as well as the level of antibodies in order to gauge the process of healing.
Avoid gluten at all costs, but bear in mind that some gluten-free foods like corn and rice can also flare up the immune system. Detoxification should be your regular practice combined with consumption of green tea and turmeric. Sulphur-rich vegetables like broccoli, onions, and cabbage aid in methylation, which is a biochemical process which produces glutathione – an important antioxidant capable of preventing damage to vital cellular components inside the body.
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