With the growth of chronic inflammatory conditions, we need more information on strategies to heal autoimmune disease. We live in a world that puts high demands on our bodies to perform and produce all day long. Many of us sacrifice rest in order to strive towards our goals. We stay up late to work, watch movies, surf the web or spend time with family and friends. When our body gives us signs of fatigue, we hit it with caffeine and energy drinks to keep on going strong.
What is the result? We now have an epidemic of people with adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, autoimmunity and chronic inflammatory issues. Autoimmune diseases plague over 250 million people all around the world and many more suffer from a wide-variety of chronic inflammatory conditions (1). In this article, you will learn strategies you can take to reduce inflammation and heal autoimmune disease.
What is Inflammation
Inflammation is a condition where the body’s immune system attack various proteins that are seen as foreign and potentially dangerous to the body. This includes things that really could be dangerous such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. But it can also include things that aren’t dangerous to the body such as pollen, dust, specific food particles and our own tissues.
Acute inflammation, such as when we have a splinter, is necessary in order to prevent against a dangerous infection. The inflammatory storm that takes place when we have an open wound is nothing short of life-saving.
In fact, systemic infections have killed more people in the history of mankind than anything else. So the body has adapted to become stronger over time and we have hardwired the inflammatory storm process to allow us to survive dangerous infections. Unfortunately, this same strong internal military can be untamed and cause damage and destruction to our tissues.
Chronic Inflammation vs. AutoImmunity
Chronic inflammatory processes and autoimmunity have a lot of similarity but also some differences. Autoimmunity is usually associated with an overall chronic inflammatory process. However, one could have a chronic inflammatory condition without having autoimmunity.
A chronic inflammatory process is when some sort of trigger (pollen, food particles, etc) initiates a strong inflammatory process that causes collateral damage to other tissues of the body such as the gut lining, blood vessels, the sinuses, the lungs, the joints, etc. This would create conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, allergies, asthma, osteoarthritis, etc.
An autoimmune condition is when the bodies white blood cells produce a specific antibody to target a particular tissue or enzyme within a tissue of the body. For example, in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis the body will produce an anti-body to attach certain enzymes such as thyroid peroxidase or thyroglobulin that work to produce thyroid hormone.