Overcoming Autoimmune Disease With Natural Healthy Living
If there’s ever been a more controversial topic related to natural health, it’s overcoming disease through naturally healthy living, diet, and supplementation.
For mainstream Western medicine, the controversy surrounds the proliferation of poor information being disseminated online regarding natural health and healing. Their primary argument usually hinges on the fact that much of the information shared online regarding natural health and healing is not proven science.
Yet, unfortunately, most of the research dollars “invested” into medical research go to studies testing new pharmaceuticals, while scant little is set aside for researching alternative and complementary medicine.
This is no surprise, considering most of the research funding and grants come from government coffers and big pharma.
Yet, for those of us who have been through the modern medical merry-go-round in search of a cure for what ails us, blind faith in what the Western medical establishment has to say about dealing with chronic autoimmune disease has almost certainly left us wanting.
As someone who has lived with an autoimmune disease for nearly a decade, I can honestly say that if I hadn’t taken my health into my own hands, I would not be living anything near what could be considered a normal life at this time. After being cut on (needlessly due to being misdiagnosed), prodded, poked, bled, prescribed, and led to believe that there was nothing to be done over a six-year period, I’d had enough.
So, I went looking elsewhere for answers.
As it turns out, the road back to health through natural living is a long one, and full of detours. And I’ll be the first to admit, I fell for quite a few natural health remedies that weren’t what they claimed. Such experiences can be discouraging, to say the least.
Yet, I can also say wholeheartedly that learning to live a naturally healthy lifestyle over the course of several years has led to the greatest improvements in my overall health and quality of life.
Here are some suggestions that I can make for those of you who are suffering from autoimmune diseases, based on my own experiences:
First off, find a good rheumatologist who is open to integrative approaches to health and wellness. There’s nothing worse than having to fight your physician to get alternative treatment options. A good doctor’s attitude should be that if it doesn’t hurt you and it makes you feel better, keep doing it. So, find a physician who cares more about your well-being than his or her own ego; believe me, it will make a world of difference in your care.
Start with your diet. Many autoimmune disorders have shown a correlation between food and diet. I have personally experienced this in my own road to recovery and can attest to the fact that what you eat does make a difference. Start with eliminating all junk food, sugar, alcohol, fried foods, foods high in saturated fats, and other foods that are commonly known to be bad for you from your diet.
Then, look into following an elimination diet (eliminating common “trigger foods” like wheat, soy, dairy, and corn can make a HUGE difference in how you feel). I actually wrote a whole guide on this, which you can purchase for instant download here. But, if you have time you can find plenty of information online as well. And, eat as much whole, raw, organic fruits, and vegetables as possible.
Cut down on your stress. Stress causes a whole cascade of hormonal and chemical changes in your body, that if left unchecked and unaltered, can cause a host of illnesses. You may even notice that stress triggers symptomatic flare-ups of your condition. This is common among people with autoimmune disease. So, start doing deep-breathing, yoga, self-reflection, and quiet time each day. Believe me, it helps.
Supplement your diet with whole-food nutrition. I suggest starting with a good natural daily vitamin, as well as taking supplements that are known to help the body deal with stress and alleviate inflammation. Make sure you check with your physician to avoid any drug interactions if you’re on medicines, as many herbs and some vitamins and minerals can interfere with drug absorption, etc.
Rest. This may require altering your lifestyle considerably. Do it. Your body needs time to heal. Once you eliminate the culprits from your diet and start providing it with the nutrients it needs to heal it will still take time to heal. Also, avoid overexertion on your “good days” as this can trigger a relapse.
Hydrate with clean water. Drink purified and filtered water only. Remember that the stuff in clear bottles can leach chemicals from the plastic. Best to have your own water filtration system. Get a good one if you can. If not, even the $20 water filtration pitchers are better than nothing.
Exercise, but in moderation. It’s tempting to start pushing it when you have good days or when you start feeling better. Resist this temptation. 30 minutes of moderate exercise three times a week, along with a brisk walk each day is plenty. But, keep moving. Movement helps move lymph and helps the body clean out toxins and waste. Also, being outdoors in the sun is one of the best things you can do to improve your mood. Get some sunlight every single day.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you learn to manage your autoimmune symptoms. Remember that our bodies break down from years and years of constant abuse and insult; it will take time for you to recover.
Be patient, and stick with the suggestions above over time. Your health will improve when you convert to and stick with a naturally healthy lifestyle.