Autoimmune disease is a process in which the body attacks itself because it's mistaken a part of the body for a foreign invader. There are about 100 different autoimmune diseases. In the US, about 25 million people have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. These include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (like Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's)
- Diabetes (type 1)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis
- Grave's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Autoimmune urticaria
- Addison's disease
In addition to medications, there are several other things you can do to help control an autoimmune disease. These include stress management, sleep and eating an autoimmune diet. Unfortunately, many people suffering from autoimmune diseases don't hear the importance of lifestyle changes until medications aren't helping them enough and they start looking into what else they can do.
ALL people with autoimmune disease should be educated about how their diet may be worsening their illness. Going through an elimination diet process and discovering which foods your body reacts to will help you control your autoimmune disease.
Common foods that will cause an autoimmune response are gluten, seeds, nuts, grains, beans/legumes, alcohol, non-steroidal anti inflammatory, eggs, nightshades. After eliminating these foods for a while you can slowly add them back in and see what your body can tolerate and what you need to continue avoiding.
If you're struggling with an autoimmune disease hang in there. It does get better. The road is long and answers are hard to find but healing is possible. If you're interested in hiring me as your health coach to help you navigate the road to wellness, email me at email@example.com.