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7 Lifestyle Changes to Embrace When Living with an Autoimmune Disease

April 17, 2018

With autoimmune diseases impacting more and more people every day, there are many lifestyle changes one can make in order to make everyday living even easier. After all, drug therapies can't do it all on their own.

After identifying underlying sources of inflammation, such as stress, hidden infections, food allergies/sensitivities, toxic exposure, genetic predisposition, nutrient deficiencies and leaky gut, Mind Body Green suggests you can heal the body more efficiently.

1. Eat a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet

Incorporate copious amounts of anti-inflammatory foods into your diet such as omega-3 wild fish, leafy greens, turmeric, etc. On the other hand, be sure to eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet, such as sugar and corn oils.

2. Look out for hidden infections

Go to your doctor for help to identify and eliminate hidden infections such as yeast infections, viruses, Lyme disease and other bacterial infections.

3. Get tested for hidden food allergies and celiac disease

By going to the doctor and getting a blood test you can quickly become diagnosed to see if you have anything such as celiac disease or any other hidden food allergies like soy or dairy with IgG food testing.

4. Fix your gut!

When the lining of your gut begins to break down, the immune system begins to activate and react to foods, toxins and bugs in the gut. In order to fix this and really heal your gut, tip number one comes in handy. Eat whole foods, anti-inflammatory foods, as well as remove gluten as well as other food sensitivities.

5. Take more supplements

Fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D and probiotic supplements can help your gut and immune system immensely when living with an autoimmune disease.

6. Make time for exercise

Exercising itself is a natural anti-inflammatory, although this doesn't mean you need to go ahead and become some overnight body builder. Some light exercises like walking, yoga, and generally moving your body around more.

7. Practice deep relaxation

Since stress worsens your immune response, use calming techniques like yoga, deep breathing and massages can reduce stress and anxiety as well, which can promote overall relaxation.