An autoimmune disease develops when the immune system which is supposed to defend your body against diseases mistakes your healthy cells for foreign objects and starts attacking them. Depending upon the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or more types of body's tissues. Here are some natural ways you can heal autoimmune disorders.
The digestive tract consists of a lining which is technically similar to the outer skin in the sense that it acts as a barrier that protects blood and inner tissues against undesirable substances. The antigen-antibody complex begins to form if the digestive tract breaks down. If you have an autoimmune condition, your digestive tract will become weak. Therefore, you need to change your lifestyle to support your body’s attempt to heal damage to your digestive tract and avoid putting it through any kind of unnecessary stress.
You can begin by chewing your foods thoroughly; this will help facilitate healing of the digestive tract. Ideally, what you should actually be doing is chewing your foods until it becomes liquidy. Chewing well allows the digestive tract to effectively break down food into micronutrients that can pass through small intestine’s wall into the blood. In addition, chewing your food well allows the saliva and digestive enzymes to mix with the food properly and makes the process of digestion smooth.
One of the significant causes of autoimmune disease is the formation of antigen-antibody complexes which can float in the blood and get accumulated in tissues often leading to inflammation accompanied by discomfort. So, what causes formation of such immune complexes? Blame incompletely digested protein in your blood. Avoiding eating more protein than you require is as important as chewing your food thoroughly.
We often overlook adequate physical rest. But, it is crucial if you have an autoimmune disease. It’s simply because the more you rest, the more energy your body can give to repair damaged areas including digestive tract. Moreover, having restful sleep each night promotes production of large quantities of hormones that facilitate healing and growth of tissues.
Studies have shown that adequate amount of sun exposure reduces risk of several diseases including autoimmune diseases. Sunlight has the ability to boost body’s immunity supply.
Green tea is known to protect you against arthritis. The polyphenolic compounds of green tea have anti- inflammatory properties. It can induce changes in arthritis-related immune responses.
Some flavonoids have antigen-specific proliferation and interferon-gamma production by murine and human autoimmune T cells, which are potential inhibitors of cellular autoimmunity. Avoid foods that contain flavonoids. Image Source: Getty
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