Autoimmune diseases are conditions characterised by inflammation and destruction of body tissues by the body’s own immune system.
Common autoimmune diseases include:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Lupus (SLE)
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Crohn’s disease
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
How Do Autoimmune Diseases Occur?
Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system becomes overly active and is not properly controlled. This results in your own immune cells attacking and destroying your own body tissues.
Herbs and Nutrients to Help Manage Your Autoimmune Disease:
Managing autoimmune diseases naturally can help with symptom relief as well as treating the underlying cause.
It is important to reduce pain and inflammation so that you can function and enjoy day-to-day activities, but also to address the underlying immune dysfunction. Natural herbs can reduce immune over-activity, reduce inflammation, protect cells from damage and restore healthy immune function.
Diet and Lifestyle Suggestions:
As well as beneficial supplements, there are changes that you can make to your diet and lifestyle that may help you with managing the symptoms and severity of your autoimmune disease. For example, alkalising your diet may help reduce pain and inflammation. Try to aim for a diet that consists of 80% alkaline-forming foods and only 20% acid-forming foods within your daily intake.
Alkaline-forming foods include fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seed. Acid-forming foods include red meat, dairy, refined carbohydrates and sugars. It is best to avoid coffee, alcohol and soft drinks as these beverages are also acid-forming.
Gentle to moderate exercise can help with symptom relief and increase energy levels. Try yoga, tai chi, swimming or walking.
Reducing stress levels:
As stress can exacerbate symptoms and increase disease progression.
Linda Cotone can advise you about dietary changes, lifestyle advice, supplements and suitable herbs which may be of particular benefit for you and your specific autoimmune condition. For more information contact the clinic on (03) 9484 4668.