Natural Solutions for Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune disorder refers to a range of conditions that occur when the immune system mistakes healthy tissues for unhealthy tissues and destroys them. There are over 100 types of these disorders and most of them affect connective tissue (that gives strength to tendons, joints, ligaments and blood vessels) in different organs.

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Types of Autoimmune Disorder

Auto immune disorder can be divided into two main groups: organ-specific disorders and non-organ-specific disorders. In the first group of disorders, organs and tissues affected include thyroid, pancreas, and adrenal glands, and the connective tissues, muscles, joints, and skin.

In the second group of disorders, the process is focused on one organ. For example, it can be Rheumatoid Arthritis (joints) or Dermatomyositis (connective tissue).

Causes of Autoimmune Disorders

In a healthy body, the white blood cells help protect from antigens (for example, bacteria, toxins, viruses, cancer cells, etc). The immune system produces these cells to destroy all harmful substances. However, cells of people with an autoimmune disorder don’t see the difference between antigens and healthy tissues. They destroy their own healthy tissues. The process can be compared to an allergic reaction.

It is still unknown what causes the immune system to attack its tissues. However, scientists say that microorganisms (viruses, for example) may trigger this reaction, especially in people who have a family history of autoimmune disorders.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Disorders

Since there are many types of the disease, symptoms can greatly vary. However, most patients experience fatigue, malaise, and fever. Symptoms lessen during remission and get worse during flare-ups.

 

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Conventional Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders

Conventional medicine says that autoimmune disorder is a chronic condition without a cure. However, there are treatments that successfully control the progress of the disease and provide relief during flare-ups. The most common treatments are:

  • Blood transfusions
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Immunosuppressive medication.

The goal of conventional treatment is to provide a temporary relieve, minimize tissue and organ damage, and preserve organ function.

Natural Solutions for Autoimmune Disorders

Natural health and Functional Medicine focus on first finding the root cause of the problem instead of addressing the symptoms. This approach is interactive. The patient and practitioner work closely together to find the best action plan for the individual. Think of the Functional Medicine approach as more education and less medication. Once you understand the cause, you are better equipped to make the necessary lifestyle changes to restore your health.

A natural protocol typically begins with a full body detoxification. During this process, your body gets rid of stored toxins and waste from what you eat and any chemical and pollution exposure. Once the detox is complete, the right combination of healthy whole foods and high quality natural supplements are used. The most common natural supplements used in Functional Medicine include:

Probiotics
Your immune health begins with your gut health. Probiotics are the good bacteria you need for healthy gut biome. Without an abundance of good bacteria, the immune system suffers and health problems take over.

Omega 3
Essential Fatty acids (EFAs) are Good Fats that are vital to your health. Without Omegas you could not think, see, hear, reproduce or even move your body.

High Quality Multivitamin
Think of a high quality multivitamin as a nutritional insurance policy. It’s a great foundation and provides all of the essentials that you may not be getting from your food. Even if you eat a healthy diet, remember that our soil has been greatly depleted of nutrients after decades of modern farming, pesticides and GMO crops.

Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is essential for healthy body function. The Sunshine Vitamin has been shown to help support heart health, bone health, healthy blood sugar levels, depression and much more.Vitamin D3 deficiency in this fat soluble vitamin is extremely common.

Glutathione Precursors
Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the body. It constantly detoxifies and cleanses every cell in the body and is responsible for healing and rejuvenation. The best way to get glutathione is to take what the body needs to produce it. Glutathione precursors are a specific combination of the proteins that create glutathione in the body.

Lifestyle modification is an important component of the Functional Medicine approach to autoimmune disorders. Adopting a healthy whole food diet and supplement regimen, regular exercise, good sleep and stress reduction are all part of total wellness and can’t be done without commitment by the individual. Remember that once the cause of the health problem is found, the solution becomes obvious.

 

Resources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000816.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0022033/

https://www.hss.edu/condition-list_autoimmune-diseases.asp

 

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