Autoimmune Disease and Diet
Updated: Sep 21, 2019
As I had discussed yesterday over half the American population has an Autoimmune issue. That means these individuals suffer from type 1 diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, etc.
Let's first talk about what an autoimmune disease is. It occurs when the immune system mistakes the body's own healthy tissues for foreign cells. This can be specific to one organ or the whole body.
As I had discussed yesterday there is a genetic component, but lifestyle and environmental factors can cause a reaction (flare-up). Some triggers are inflammation, diet, and stress.
One way you can reduce flare-ups and protect your body is by diet.
Vitamin D- Most individuals are deficient in Vitamin D (I live in FL and was deficient!) For one it's hard to get it from food and some individuals are not exposed to the sun year round. So therefore, it would be good to add this supplement.
Probiotics- Did you know that 70-80 percent of immune cells are found in your gut? So it is important to keep a healthy immune system. Probiotics help with adding good bacteria to your gut. You can get this from foods such as yogurt, Kombucha, fermented pickles or take it as a supplement.
Turmeric- This will help reduce inflammation since it contains an anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin.
Fish Oil- This is a powerful anti-inflammatory. You can add wild caught salmon to your diet a few times a week or take a supplement. Other foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Meditation- This will help you to combat stress. We live in such a fast paced society and I feel like a lot of us mama's are under a lot of stress. So take some time to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Stress can impact your immune system and body so taking some cleansing breaths and clearing your mind can impact you positively.
You may want to also avoid foods that cause inflammation such as refined grains, sugar, and alcohol. This will boost your immunity and decrease your flare-ups.
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Yours in health and wellness,