An autoimmune disease is a condition wherein the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues of the body rather than just microbes and other foreign substances. There are so many different types of autoimmune diseases, each one presenting itself in varying symptoms. However, most sufferers of these conditions experience fatigue and malaise. Inflammation is a common occurrence, such as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, celiac disease and leaky gut syndrome. There are also the so-called flare-ups and remissions as the different symptoms worsen and improve.
Modern medicine, to date, knows no cure for autoimmune diseases. Available drugs are for dealing with the symptoms and not treating the underlying cause. However, non-conventional health experts assert that autoimmune disorders can actually cured. Because they believe that these maladies are brought about by toxin accumulation in the body and poor diet, they believe that ridding the body of poisonous substances coupled with healthy food choices can actually put an end to autoimmune disorders, not just alleviate the symptoms they bring.
The following are believed to be some excellent home remedies for autoimmune diseases:
Consume Fatty Fish
The name may sound like its unhealthy, but adding fatty fish in your daily diet can be very beneficial if you are suffering from an autoimmune disease. Fatty fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that help relieve inflammation, one of the symptoms shared by all sorts of autoimmune diseases. Some excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and cod.
Have Vitamin C-Rich Foods
Yellow bell peppers, guavas, dark green leafy vegetables, berries, kiwis, papayas, tomatoes and citrus fruits — all of them are loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient you need to supply your body with if you are bugged by an autoimmune disease. Vitamin C helps regulate your immune system by reducing its disease response, thus it is less likely to attack healthy cells and tissues of yours.
Get Sufficient Amounts of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps deal with autoimmune disorders as well as chronic inflammation. The best and cheapest source of vitamin D is the sun. However, you should avoid baking under the sweltering sun between 10 in the morning and 4 in the evening to reduce your risk of having skin cancer and to ward off premature skin aging signs. You may also obtain vitamin D from the following: mushrooms, fatty fish, caviar, tofu, eggs, pork, dairy products, and almond and soy milk. There are also breakfast cereals fortified with vitamin D.
Eat Foods That Boost Glutathione
According to studies, individuals afflicted with autoimmune disorders have reduced levels of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant produced by the liver. The absence of sufficient amounts of glutathione keeps the body from neutralizing toxins and impurities within effectively, thus triggering or worsening an autoimmune disorder. Luckily, there are certain foods known to help the liver produce more glutathione. They include eggs, milk, avocados, okra, peaches, watermelons, green beans, beets, asparagus and Brazil nuts.
Avoid Foods You’re Allergic To
Some people are allergic to gluten while others to dairy. If you are suffering from an autoimmune disorder, it is very important that you know what triggers food allergies. You know that you are allergic to something if you find yourself having abdominal discomfort, excessive gas production, constipation or diarrhea, and many other symptoms after consuming it. Keeping a food diary makes it easier to track which foods are safe to consume and which ones are not.
Get Enough Physical Rest
Because your body needs to heal itself of an autoimmune disorder and the various symptoms it brings, it’s a good idea to divert much of your energy to the healing process by having sufficient amounts of rest. You should also strive to get a good night’s sleep each time. It is while you are in dreamland when your body generates more hormones necessary for the healing and growth of the affected cells and tissues.