Clean Eating & Autoimmune
Guest post by: Andrea Dahlman
What is an Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune diseases enable multiple foreign bodies, like viruses and bacteria, to attack your body at the same time, and render your immune system unable to fight it off. They can lead to thyroid disease, psoriasis, celiac disease, sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis diseases, and lupus. It is estimated that approximately 80 of all diseases are categorized as autoimmune diseases, and the list is growing.
Autoimmune disease form when your body begins attacking your healthy cells, disabling them from fighting against disease or infection. The immune system becomes hostile to healthy cells and begins promoting antigens, which lead the development of a disease.
Solutions for Autoimmune Conditions
There is no one set way to cure an autoimmune disease. Some people try doctor after doctor looking for the right answer or solution and still come up empty handed. Here are a few ways that can cure an autoimmune disease and leave you thriving.
2. Change Your Diet
If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, some of the first advice your doctor will give you is to adjust your diet according to the disease. The food you consume plays a significant role in two major components of an autoimmune disease—inflammation and gut health. You will most likely be recommended to start eating clean, which includes developing clean eating habits, increasing supplements, and avoiding junk food and processed food.
You may also be required to eliminate gluten and dairy from your diet plan, and you should consider avoiding foods that are laden with additives, preservatives, and sugar. Foods like eggs, soy, grains, and corn can also contribute to gut inflammation and leakage, so you should take special care to watch what you eat.
2. CONSUME WHOLE-FOOD ITEMS AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY COMPONENTS
Autoimmune diseases cause severe inflammation and can be agonizingly painful. Supplements that contain traces of anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce the symptoms of your autoimmune disease. Food like fish, salmon, berries, oranges, sweet potatoes, and nuts contains traces of anti-inflammatory and are often recommended to those suffering from autoimmune diseases. You can also consider incorporating anti-inflammatory herbs like rosemary, turmeric, and ginger in your diet.
3. Implement Supplements
Moving toward healthy and clean eating habits to calm the symptoms of an autoimmune disease will take time, but you may see results quicker if you also consider switching to supplements that help you better meet your nutritional requirements. Supplements do not help in the treatment of symptoms of an autoimmune disease, but they may help alleviate or reduce them. Consult with your doctor or nutritionist for guidance on the supplements that can benefit you most.
It is often recommended to increase intake of Vitamin D, Vitamin C, probiotics, and fish oil to reduce the symptoms of an autoimmune disease, and adding supplements like rutin, grape seed extract, and quercetin.
4. Develop Clean Eating Habits
It could be challenging to be selective when it comes to developing clean habits and eating healthy food, but it will benefit you in the long run. Avoiding junk food may speed up your treatment routine and may also lessen the number of visits to the hospital. When it comes to developing healthy and clean eating habits, consistency and education are key. Take time to learn about the nutrients and meals that will most benefit your immune system.
You don’t have to suffer. Knowing what can help you just some small easy fixes can make all the difference in the world to your health and overall quality of life. You matter, and your family matters so do it for everyone!
Written by: Andrea Dahlman | www.andreadahlman.com