Healing Autoimmune Diseases

HEALING-AUTOIMMUNE-DISEASES

Healing autoimmune diseases is possible…

There are over 100 different types of autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis and thyroid disorders are burdensome, painful, and often overwhelming. No matter which one you have, autoimmune diseases have one thing in common: an uncontrollable immune response, associated with inflammation. The appropriate diet can assist in decreasing pain and restoring your immune response.

Routinely avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, grains, dairy and red meat. Concentrate on fruit, vegetables, healthy fats and fish. Attempt to follow some of these suggestions to make living with your conditions easier and even begin healing your autoimmune disease.

The most important thing you can do is avoid causing and/or stimulating inflammation in the body.

Keep reading to discover exactly how to do this.

AVOID THESE TOXIC FOODS

  • Caffeine
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Preservatives
  • Processed Food
  • Junk Food
  • Fast Food
  • Hydrogenated Fats
  • Flour

AVOID THESE INFLAMMATORY FOODS

  • Gluten
  • Gluten Free Grains
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Red Meat
  • Eggs
  • Refined oils
  • Nightshade Vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers & eggplant)
  • Peanuts and Legumes
  • Corn
  • Citrus
  • Yeast
RED MEAT & DAIRY

Studies show that saturated fats may increase inflammation in the body. Foods high in saturated fats, such as animal products like bacon, steak, butter, and cream, may increase pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint destruction.  In addition, some findings confirm that meat contains high amounts of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid that’s converted to pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body.

CORN & SOY

Omega-6 fatty acids are in vegetable oils that contain linoleic acid. That includes corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, and sesame oil. Studies show that a typical western diet has more omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fat found in cold-water fish. Consuming excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids may promote inflammatory and/or autoimmune diseases. Ingesting fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, may suppress inflammation.

Also, soy can disrupt your entire endocrine system. 95% of soy crops are genetically modified (GMO’s). GMOs are inflammatory and have been linked to at least 22 diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis.

NIGHTSHADES

Nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers contain alkaloids that cause inflammation and are not well tolerated by those with autoimmunity.

GRAINS, GLUTEN & LEGUMES

Grains and legumes contain two problematic groups of substances: lectins and agglutinins. Prolamin, a type of lectin found in quinoa, corn, and oats, behaves similarly to gluten. So if you have an autoimmune condition, prolamins can damage your gut and trigger an immune reaction. Grains and legumes also contain agglutinins, which have been shown to cause leaky gut and disrupt your immune system by stimulating the immune system and binding with immune cells.

CITRUS

Citrus fruits are rich in histamine, which triggers your body’s natural immune response. For this reason, high-histamine foods should be avoided to prevent inflammation.

WHAT TO DO:

EAT NATURAL PROTEIN:

  • Organic, pasture raised chicken
  • Organic, pasture raised turkey
  • Fish (wild caught)

Eat protein at every meal to help normalize gland and hormone function.

EAT NATURAL, HEALTHY FATS; RICH IN OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS:

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Flax seeds
  • Fish
  • Nuts and nut butters (NO peanuts! They are legumes, not nuts)
  • Coconut milk products
FISH & OMEGA-3’s

Omega-3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated fats found in cold-water fish, nuts, and other foods, may have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. The marine omega-3 fatty acids contain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are substances that may decrease inflammation. Some studies show a positive anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fatty acids.

Human studies with marine omega-3 fatty acids show a direct relationship between increased DHA consumption and diminished C-reactive protein levels. That means reduced inflammation.

For omega-3 fatty acids, select cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout. Some plant foods are also sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They include walnuts, tofu and soybean products, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, and canola oil.

Some patients report an improvement in pain and joint tenderness when taking marine omega-3 fatty acid supplements. You may not notice any benefit at first from taking a fish oil supplement. It may take weeks or even months to see a decrease in symptoms. But studies do show that some people who have a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids benefit from decreased symptoms and less use of anti-inflammatory drugs

EAT FIBER FROM:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Sweet Potatoes
FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Many studies suggest a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and vitamin C such as a Mediterranean diet. The main diet consists of large amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and fatty fish high in omega-3s. The Mediterranean-type diet may suppress inflammatory symptoms.

Fruits and vegetables are high in phytonutrients. These are chemicals in plants that have disease-fighting properties and immune-boosting antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and the carotenoids. A plant-based diet is also high in bioflavonoids. These are plant compounds that reportedly have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor activities.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING:

  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Vitamin A
  • The B Vitamins
  • Probiotics

SUPPLEMENTATION

Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin found in food. It can also be obtained by supplementation. It is important to you if you take methotrexate. Your body uses folic acid to manufacture red blood cells. Supplementing with folic acid may allow people to stay on methotrexate longer. That way they can benefit from relief of pain and inflammation without suffering the medication’s side effects.

Selenium helps to fight free radicals that cause damage to healthy tissue. One 3.5-ounce serving of tuna gives you a full day’s requirement of selenium.

Supplementing your diet with bone-boosting calcium and vitamin D is important, especially if you take corticosteroids (like prednisone) that can cause bone loss.

Also try Gluthathione, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. It can increase your body’s ability to regulate the immune system and protect and heal damaged tissue.

 

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