The immune system can normally tell the difference between friend and foe, avoiding the body’s own components and attacking foreign invaders. Unfortunately, immunologic firearms, can like friendly fire, turn against themselves, resulting in serious illness and even death. Autoimmune diseases may affect any organ system, but some are more commonly affected than others. For example, in multiple sclerosis, the white matter of the brain and spinal cord is affected; in rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining is affected; and in juvenile diabetes mellitus, the insulin-secreting cells are affected. Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto’s disease (hyperthyroidism), Celiac disease, and acne are all quite common autoimmune diseases. Even though these diseases affect various parts of the body, they all have one thing in common: they all cause the body to attack itself, resulting in inflammation.
Let’s look at Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), you can experience painful symptoms such as swelling, weakness, and joint tenderness. You may also find it difficult to go about your everyday routine. When you don’t feel well due to an autoimmune disorder, getting in normal exercise, eating well, and taking care of yourself can be difficult to do on a regular basis. It’s a vicious circle because the more weight you gain, the more difficult it is to walk around regularly or stand at the kitchen counter to prepare a nutritious meal, thus making it harder to lose weight. Therefore, it is important to start looking for the root cause of the inflammation that’s making you feel terrible and in return you will find that weight loss becomes easier.
Here are a few ideas to help you start to pinpoint and reduce the source of overall inflammation:
UNCOVER HIDDEN FOOD SENSITIVITIES
Certain foods, including healthy foods, can cause inflammation in your body if your body reacts to them. A brief elimination diet focused on measuring the body’s response to various foods will help you determine which foods to avoid for the time being. This will significantly reduce inflammation making you feel better.
PRACTICE SOME FORM OF RELAXATION
When you are under a lot of stress, the immune system suffers greatly. To help the body transform into parasympathetic mode, try calming methods like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. This will assist you in lowering the overall stress level.
EXERCISE AND AUTOIMMUNE
Even if you eat well and exercise regularly, some autoimmune diseases can cause you to gain weight for no apparent reason. When you have an autoimmune disorder, over-exercising can result in weight gain instead of weight loss. Rather, spend an hour a day doing low-impact workouts like swimming, yoga, or Pilates, or Solid-State walking at your optimal heartburn rate.
Healing with food
Since your diet has a direct effect on the nature of your symptoms, it’s only logical that the right diet can help you recover. The Diet Doctor has put together an autoimmune guide to help you cure the body while eating delicious foods.