by Alane M Stieglitz-Wincek, ND, CNC
Many people may have heard “autoimmune disease” or “autoimmunity” in Atlanta Ga and all over the United States.
Many people know someone affected by an autoimmunity issue, but you might not know what it does or how one contracts such a health condition. If an autoimmune disease, such as Lupus, Eczema, Fibromyalgia, or Multiple Sclerosis, runs in your family, you may be at a greater risk.
Autoimmunity running in the family does not spell out for sure that you will contract the specific disease or any autoimmune disease. It merely means that you might be more susceptible to autoimmunity. Females are also more likely to have challenges with autoimmunity – especially those in child-bearing years.
First, you have to understand just how incredible the human body is. It functions on its own, the brain ordering your organs and limbs to do what needs to be done to survive. Your body fights off invaders – germs, viruses, and the like. It knows how to protect itself and how to win. However, autoimmunity turns that on its head.
While your immune system fights harmful subjects entering the body, with a condition such as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, or Eczema, the immune system begins attacking healthy cells instead, believing that they are harmful substances instead of the healthy cells your body holds. Your body is attacking itself. The attack might look a little different depending on the type of autoimmunity. For example, Type 1 Diabetes only affects the pancreas, but Lupus affects the entire body, and Eczema affects the skin.
Second, many autoimmune diseases have the same classic sign: inflammation—Swelling, redness, pain, and heat. You might also be overly tired, have achy muscles, and maybe be running a low-grade fever. While those symptoms don’t always mean you have an autoimmune disease, the persistence of those symptoms might be a catalyst to you visiting your healthcare provider.
Furthermore, while direct causes of autoimmunity are currently unknown, many have speculated on some triggers. Some researchers have found possible links in the exposure to certain chemicals or solvents, lack of exposure to germs, a tick bite, stress, genetics, malabsorption, and the typical American diet – high fat, high sugar, and highly processed foods.
Nutritionally Yours can help you handle autoimmunity, no matter what the name of the condition is. We can help your immune system calm down and reduce or stop the attacks.
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