Healing Autoimmunity Naturally
Reducing the Inflammation while Restoring Immunity Holistically
When everything goes right, your body’s immune response is a marvelous defense system, protecting against foreign invaders, injury, and infection through a complex communication system between your body’s cells and the chemical signals they produce. In a healthy immune system, this communication is clear and specific; the body can tell the difference between a foreigner and itself. But in autoimmune disease, the immune response is flawed, and the communication system breaks down. The body’s immune system takes aim at its own tissues. Either the immune system can’t distinguish the body’s tissues from foreign cells and begins to attack itself, or it’s unable to regulate the intensity of the immune response. Regardless, the result is damage to the body’s tissues and the development of an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases can affect nearly every part of the body. Patients with autoimmune diseases frequently have unusual antibodies circulating in their blood that target their own body tissues. There are hundreds of autoimmune diseases which can be found here.
Treating the Root Cause of Autoimmune Disorders
Chronic inflammation and autoimmune disease are tightly interconnected. While autoimmune disease is often associated with high levels of inflammation in the body, one could have a chronic inflammatory condition without having autoimmunity. When a condition is characterized by autoimmunity, the body’s white blood cells produce a specific antibody to target a particular tissue or enzyme within a tissue of the body. With chronic inflammatory conditions, tissue damage results as an indirect effect of the inflammatory process, whereby in autoimmune conditions, tissue damage results as a direct effect of the inflammatory process.
Reducing Overall Inflammation
To reduce inflammation and autoimmunity, you need to balance your immune system in order to establish immune tolerance. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help your immune system. And starting with the gut is priority, especially since over eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system. Your gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are you’re not doing too bad in the health sector. In fact, a very large percent of chronic ailments could be healed if people just paid a little attention to what their gut was doing.
Reduce Your Toxic Burden
Toxins can either be introduced to the body through external exposure or internal exposure. When a heavy metal enters our body, they change the chemical structure of our DNA and RNA. This essentially changes the structure of our body tissues, so much so that our bodies view the damaged tissue as a foreign substance. The body then attacks the new (foreign) tissue, resulting in an autoimmune attack. To gently detox heavy metals out of your body, consider improving your liver function, which will gradually stimulate the release of toxins while giving your body a boost of immune support.
Let the Sun Shine
Perhaps the most intriguing area of nutrition research involves vitamin D. For decades, researchers have noticed a relationship between sunlight exposure and vitamin D intake and autoimmune disease risk.Some studies have found that people with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis are more likely to have lower levels of vitamin D than other people. The Iowa Women’s Health Study found a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis associated with higher vitamin D intake, according to the January 2004 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Several studies suggest that vitamin D may lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, as well as lessen the frequency and severity of symptoms. How does vitamin D work in the immune system? Vitamin D helps keep the immune system functioning properly by inhibiting the proliferation of T cells (immune cells) and decreasing the production of proinflammatory cytokines. Keep you Vitamin D levels in check and receive a weekly vitamin D shot if your levels are low.
Boost your Glutathione
Glutathione’s main function is to protect our DNA, and it also plays a very important role in establishing immune tolerance. It has actually been shown to enhance the function of T cells, and modulates immune activity – making it essential for reducing the tissue damage associated with inflammation and immune reactions. Receiving weekly administration of glutathione will keep your body out of harm’s way by building it’s natural defenses.