If you’re like me, reading that Autoimmune Diseases are now considered the 3rd leading chronic disease, right behind right heart disease and cancer is eye opening!
Over 50 million Americans are affected and a large percentage of that number is women. They are the top ten leading cause of death in women under the age of 65 and they come in more than 80 different varieties.
These include things such as Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid Disease, Thyroid Disease, Type I Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and so many more.
If you’re not familiar, autoimmune disease is a disease of the immune system and one of the biggest problems with diagnosis is that Doctors don’t look or recognize these immune diseases as diseases of the immune system as whole but instead they are looked at as diseases of particular organs.
What this means really, is that you’ll be shipped to different specialists for different issues. Many people who suffer from one autoimmune disease also suffer from a few and that means many specialists.
Our current medical beliefs are that once someone is afflicted with an autoimmune disease, they are no cures or ways to reverse the affects, only treatments of managing the symptoms, which means some really harsh meds that are supposed to suppress the immune system.
The problem with suppressing your whole immune system is the side effects that often arrive too. Things like depression, weight gain, fatigue, more chance for infection and even cancer.
My belief and that of many others who believe in holistic health and functional health believe that our bodies work together. So when one area is affected, it affects other areas. The same is for a healthy system or area.
When you can treat the root causes of diseases and not the symptoms, it’s possible to reverse many of the effects of these often debilitating diseases.
I believe, having my focus on the gut, plays an integral part on your whole body health.
If you were to look at the reasons that often times lay hidden behind other things, there really are only a handful of places to start paying attention to.
The first thing I look at is Gluten Intolerance. I think many people think of the gut first, which it is damaging to, but it’s also detrimental to our neurological system too, like pain, sleep, fatigue, depression, brain fog and others. Many don’t associate these symptoms to so many autoimmune diseases.
Let’s also think about the term “leaky gut”. Many times our gut is so damaged by things like stress, gluten, meds and infections that our gut becomes permeable, which means it allows our food particles to escape through the gut walls into our bloodstream, which then means we’re not absorbing the nutrients that your body needs to function properly.
The escape of toxins and gluten starts to form inflammation which then leads us right to autoimmune diseases.
I just mentioned toxins as a culprit. We are surrounded my much in our current environment. Heavy metals, like mercury are a factor. Think of exposure from sources like mercury fillings you might have in your teeth. Some fish are heavily exposed.
Let’s not forget stress. While some stress isn’t harmful, chronic stress is. It leads to inflammation that is on all the time, which over time leads to autoimmune disease.
So, I hope you’re now wondering how one helps themselves to better health other than conventional medicine.
My answer; gut health healing is a great place to begin.
What this means is this, elimination to begin with. You have to learn what the culprits are. I’m not by any means saying to eliminate foods from your diet forever. You need to find out what the triggers are, heal the gut, which controls about 80% of your immune system, and then you can start slowly introducing foods back in.
The whole idea isn’t to eliminate gluten forever; the idea is to become gluten tolerant.
Dairy and grains is another culprit for many. The idea isn’t to eliminate forever.
Your body needs to heal. This means managing stress, treating any possible infections, and reducing toxins in your system.
The overall idea is to get to the root of the problems, treat and reverse those, and not to suppress your entire immune system, which leads to other problems.
I believe that you aren’t intended to be living a life of mediocrity and feeling bad or not living your life at all.
How many people do you know that are afflicted? We all need to ban together and spread the good news. There is hope and healing.
To your health,
Holistic Health Coach
PS: Are you personally affected or do you know someone who’s suffering with an autoimmune disease(s)? Give yourself hope or someone you know. By clicking here, I would be happy to talk with you to determine where you are today and make a plan to get your life back. Not one filled with pain and suffering and fatigue. Light and Love are being sent your way!