Perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. But what does this really mean?
Essentially it means that your body mounts an immune response against itself. This is characterised by inflammation and destruction of body tissues by the body’s own immune system – commonly experienced as pain, swelling and a wide variety of symptoms depending upon what areas of the body are affected. Some common autoimmune conditions include:
• Rheumatoid arthritis;
• Lupus (SLE);
• Crohn’s disease;
• Ulcerative colitis; and
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Why does the body attack itself?
Autoimmune conditions are thought to be the result of an unregulated, therefore unbalanced immune system.The role of your immune system is to protect you from potentially harmful invaders such as bacteria, viruses, toxins and allergens.
There are a number of lifestyle measures you can make to help maintain balanced immune function:
• Diet is key to supporting healthy gut microbiota.
• Probiotics and nutrients to help you re-establish a healthy immune balance and better manage your autoimmune condition.
• Foods high in essential fatty acids.
• Regular, low-impact exercise not only releases painkilling endorphins, but also helps combat the fatigue
associated with autoimmune conditions.
Contact Linda Cotone on 9484 4668 or [email protected] for further information.