Last Modified on Mar 01, 2015
When the immune system goes rogue, the result is often an autoimmune disease, which are actually relatively common. However, reversing the reaction of an autoimmune response is a fairly difficult feat, which is why we suggest a treatment approach that combines traditional medical supervision as well as natural supplementation. Natural remedies such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics are some of our best treatment suggestions, but you will also want to consider making changes to your diet and daily routine.
What Is Autoimmune Disease?
While your immune system’s primary responsibility is to protect your body from infection and other forms of illness, sometimes this system turns on itself. When this translation occurs, your immune system begins attacking your healthy cells because it identifies them as foreign materials.
The symptoms of autoimmune disease vary greatly because of the range of different conditions. Nonetheless, most of these diseases cause fatigue, fever, and a general ill feeling. Many autoimmune conditions also cause “flare-ups” during which symptoms worsen and “remission” as symptoms lessen. These conditions affect many parts of the body including different organs and tissues. The areas most commonly affected include your joints, muscles, skin, red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissue, and endocrine glands.
What Are the Most Common Autoimmune Diseases?
As diverse as autoimmune conditions are the types of disease vary greatly. Some of the most common forms include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, and psoriasis.
What Causes a Rogue Immune Response?
While the exact cause of autoimmune disease is unknown, we do know a few factors that seem to contribute to the issue. Genetics seems to be on important factor – if a member of your family has an autoimmune disease, you are more susceptible. Additionally, many theories exist as to the triggers of autoimmune conditions including bacteria or virus, drugs, chemical irritants, and environmental irritants.
How Can I Treat Autoimmune Disorders?
Traditional medicine has found few treatment options for autoimmune disorders except for managing the symptoms. Nonetheless, a qualified professional can help you determine what kind of disorder you have as well as suggest a plan of addressing your condition based on the severity of the disease.
Some of the best options for treating autoimmune issues are natural, though, as these options function to heal the body and relieve inflammation in the system. Supplements such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics help restore the natural function of the body and reduce inflammatory responses. Additionally, you should be sure to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest.
1. Fish Oil
Fish oil contains important omega-3 fatty acids. These fats help reduce inflammation in the body and lessen the immune response.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps rebalance the immune system and restores its natural function. Supporting general function of the immune system helps reduce the disease response and relieve autoimmune disorders.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a nutrient that influences over 200 genes. One of its responsibilities is to regulate your body’s ability to fight infection, including chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
These nutritional supplements as well as others paired with exercise and a balanced diet help to relieve the body of debilitating autoimmune disorders. Try our suggestions or read on to see what our readers suggest!
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Timecharmsyou (Portland, Or) on 06/07/2014
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Harbor Springs, Michigan, Usa