Finding and eliminating the root cause of autoimmune diseases requires detective work, trial and error, and patience—but theresults are worth it.
Here are nine strategies I typically implement with my patients looking to find the root of their problem:1. Eat a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet.
Focus on anti-inflammatory foods like omega-3 wild fish, leafy greens and turmeric, and avoid inflammatory foods, such as sugar and corn oils.2. Look for hidden infections.
These include yeast, viruses, bacteria, and Lyme. A functional-medicine practitioner can help you identify and eliminate these infections.3. Get tested for celiac disease and hidden food allergies.
Your doctor can use a blood test to help diagnose celiac disease, which occurs when your body has an immune reaction to eating gluten. 4. Get checked for heavy metal toxicity.
Mercury and other metals can be a risk factor for autoimmunity.5. Fix the gut
About 60 to 70 percent of your immune system lies right under the one-cell-layer-thick lining of our gut. If this surface breaks down, your immune system will get activated and start reacting to foods, toxins, and bugs in your gut.
The easiest way to begin healing your gut involves eating a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet and removing gluten and other food sensitivities.6. Implement supplements.
Nutrients like fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics can help calm your immune response naturally. Also consider anti-inflammatory nutrients like quercetin, grapeseed extract, and rutin.7. Exercise regularly.
Consistent exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory. You don't necessarily need to go to the gym, run on a treadmill, or pump iron to stay in shape. Just start moving around more, use your body more, and have fun.8. Practice deep relaxation.
Stress worsens your immune response. Calming techniques including yoga, deep breathing, and massage can reduce stress and anxiety to promote relaxation.9. Sleep eight hours every night.
Lack of sleep, or poor sleep, can damage your metabolism, cause cravings for sugar and carbs, make us eat more, and drive up our risk of numerous conditions from diabesity to autoimmune disease. Sleeping well is essential for vibrant health and reversing inflammation.