According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, some 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. This condition happens when the body's immune system attacks the healthy cells, thinking that they are foreign bodies.
There are numerous types of this condition, but the most common ones are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s disease and more. Tests for autoimmune diseases are available to diagnose this condition. Although not curable, you can keep this type of illness under control.
If you or your family is suffering from autoimmune disease, here are ways you to manage your condition.
Keep Your Stomach Healthy
The stomach houses 80% of the immune system, and keeping the gut healthy can strengthen it. To heal your gut, maintain a healthy diet by eliminating junk and processed food that may inflame the stomach. Diet can help replenish enzymes and acids for proper digestion and to avoid gut infections.
Fill your stomach with healthy bacteria and provide the necessary nutrients your stomach needs to repair its lining.
Minimize Toxin Exposure
Toxins are present not just in food, but everywhere. Limit toxin exposure by consuming organic products, decreasing the use of plastic and chemical-based products and filtering the air and water. Detoxify your body through increasing your nutrient and vitamin intake.
A person with autoimmune diseases is prone to infection. Infections can worsen autoimmune conditions, and taking the proper medication can help reduce this risk. Taking antibiotics can fight bacterial infections and strengthening the immune system through diet, and fluid intake can fight viral infections.
Studies have shown that stress can lower down the immunity. Manage your stress through art activities, music, exercise and more.
Autoimmune disorders may have no cure, but you can control them through lifestyle modifications.