Autoimmune conditions often start with a genetic susceptibility, but there are many external factors that are also linked with autoimmunity which can trigger that susceptibility. If you are living with an autoimmune disease, something may have triggered it in your environment.
Now you may feel stuck, on pharmaceuticals with unpleasant side effects, shuttled from specialist to specialist without any real answers about getting better. However, the times are changing. Today, science is more likely to take into account the field of epigenetics, or the influence of lifestyle and environmental factors on disease expression. The foods you eat or don’t eat, the nutrients you are taking or not taking, your stress levels, sleep habits, and toxic exposures dynamically determine what your genes set in motion in your body. That’s good news for you because it means that genetics is not an immutable verdict, but rather, something you can manipulate through your lifestyle choices.
While it’s true that, at least when it comes to autoimmune conditions, once that genetic switch has been turned on, it doesn’t turn off again, there is still much you can do to dampen and reverse the autoimmune response. Better yet, this can be done in a way that dramatically reduces or even eliminates symptoms, all without drugs, by the natural modulation of the immune system. Here are ten steps to help you take your health back into your own hands and reclaim your life from the control of autoimmunity:
1. Have your gut permeability tested.
Most of your immune system resides in your gut, but when its protective lining is compromised, an autoimmune response can be the result. To determine the integrity of the gut lining, I run labs so my patients and I can address this major underlying component to regaining health.
2. Restore the integrity of your gut lining.
Once you know the level of your gut permeability and whether you have any secondary issues like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or chronic bacterial, yeast, or parasitic infections, you can heal your particular issue. Here is some great general information on natural ways to heal the gut.
3. Get your antibodies tested.
Depending on your specific autoimmune conditions, you will likely have elevated antibodies, which are proteins that are a part of your immune defense system. Knowing your specific antibody levels will help you do two things: 1) Gauge your healing progress in a measurable way, and 2) Get clues to any associated autoimmune disorders you may have, as many people with autoimmunity have more than one area where this manifests.