Autoimmune disease 101: What you need to know

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Autoimmune disease 101: What you need to know

In terms of general health and well-being, it has to be said that, for the most part at least, human beings are generally in pretty bad shape, for a whole variety of different reasons. Obesity levels are higher than ever before, which is due largely to the fact that we’re leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and are not getting anywhere near enough nutrients and healthy foods into our bodies.

Not only that, a lack of exercise, poor dietary choices, and poor lifestyle choices have all had very large parts to play in the decline of the human race’s health, but what about other, slightly less common ailments and issues? Autoimmune diseases for example, are becoming more and more common with each passing year, and in actual fact, as things stand, there are now over 80 confirmed types of autoimmune disease, and people are being affected as a result. As there are so many different types of autoimmune disease and disorders currently know, each one can affect the body in a different way, and they all need treating in a slightly different way as well.

To help you get a better understanding about autoimmune diseases, here is a more detailed guide in which we’ll attempt to provide you with all of the information regarding these disorders that you’ll ever need to know.

Firstly, What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are ironically caused when the human immune system, the very thing designed to protect the body and keep it safe and healthy, actually attacks itself. The immune system is the body’s first and last line of defence against illness and disease, and it is comprised of a number of specially designed organs and cells, which are there to provide protection against illness and disease.

In order for the immune system to function correctly, it must be able to differentiate between potentially dangerous and hostile organisms, and itself. Basically, it has to be able to tell the difference between what should be present, and what should not be present, and this is where things get a little tricky. Basically, autoimmune diseases are caused when the immune system mistakes healthy tissue or healthy cells, for potential invaders, so it attacks itself.

There are actually two categories of autoimmune disease, which are: localized autoimmune diseases, and systemic autoimmune diseases. Localized disorders are when the immune system attacks just one specific organ, or type of tissue, whereas a systemic disorder can attack numerous parts of the body at once, affecting numerous cells, organs, and tissues.

Most Common Autoimmune Diseases

Some of the ailments and diseases you are about to see on the following list you will no doubt have heard of before, yet you may not have necessarily realized they were autoimmune diseases and disorders. These include the following:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Psoriasis
  • Vasculitis
  • Graves’ disease
  • And more…

What Are Common Signs and Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease?

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As there are so many different types of autoimmune disease, as you might expect, there are a number of common side effects and symptoms associated with each condition, and whilst it would take an age to list each and every single sign, symptom, and side effect, we can look at some of the more common examples to look out for. If you find yourself regularly experiencing any of the following symptoms, this could be a sign you are suffering with an autoimmune disease:

  • Intolerance to warm or cold temperatures
  • Difficulty concentrating and focussing
  • Muscular pain
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Extreme weight loss or gain
  • Insomnia and/or disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Erratic heartbeat
  • Regular rashes and/or hives
  • Extreme sensitivity to the sun
  • Ulcers or white patches in and around the mouth
  • Tingling or numbness in the outer extremities
  • Dry mouth, skin, eyes
  • Bloodclots
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stools
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
  • Hot and cold flushes

How To Treat Autoimmune Diseases

Though serious and fairly common, the good news is that there are a number of proven methods designed to help treat a whole variety of autoimmune diseases and disorders. Some of the most effective and proven methods include the following:

Maintaining A Healthy Immune System

As you might expect, the healthier you keep your body’s immune system, the less likely it will be to turn on you as a result of an autoimmune disease. This means that you will need to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in order to keep the immune system in tip-top condition. There is nothing too complex to get your head around here, as some of the fundamental basics associated with leading a healthy lifestyle are all that will be required. For example, make sure you get plenty of exercise, make sure you consume healthy produce, and make sure you get enough rest.

Making Changes To Your Diet

Studies have found that by making a few changes to your diet, you can actually help to manage and treat a wide range of different autoimmune diseases and disorders. The AIP, or Autoimmune Protocol, for example, is getting a lot of praise as of late, for all of the right reasons, and it is certainly proving very effective for people dealing with an autoimmune disease of some sort.

Following a standard paleo diet plan is beneficial enough, but in extreme cases, the AIP diet is required. With the AIP diet protocol, basically, the premise is that you follow a much more strict version of a paleo dieting protocol, and avoid foods that SOME paleo dieting protocols allow. Alcohol, artificial sweeteners, nightshades such as eggplants and potatoes, as well as nuts and seeds, should all be avoided when following the AIP. This holistic-based treatment is a great deal healthier and is far less invasive than prescription drugs and medications, which is why the AIP diet is proving to be so successful and popular.


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