What is an autoimmune disease

March 21, 2019|Health, Nutrition and wellness

 The definition of an autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues, leading to the deterioration and in some cases to the destruction of such tissue.    Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any part of the body, including the heart, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, glands, the digestive tract, and blood vessels.  A common sign of autoimmune diseases is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain, and swelling. 

How an autoimmune disease affects you depends on what part of the body is attacked.  If the disease affects the joints, as in rheumatoid arthritis, you might have joint pain, stiffness, and loss of movement.   When it affects the thyroid, as in Grave’s disease and thyroiditis, it might cause tiredness, weight gain, and muscle aches.  When attacking the skin, as it does in vitiligo, and lupus, it can cause rashes, blisters, and color changes.   Most autoimmune diseases don’t stay in one part of the body. For example, lupus can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, nerves, blood vessels, and more.  

There are more than 100 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms. This makes it hard for your health care provider to know if you have one of these diseases, and if so, which one. Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. The diseases may also have flare-ups, when they get worse, and remissions, when symptoms get better or disappear. Treatment depends on the disease, but in most cases one

important goal is to reduce inflammation, and if untreated autoimmune diseases will multiply.

16 years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, my first autoimmune disease and 9 years ago it multiplied to fibromyalgia.  I have been researching and working to stop the multiplication and heal what I can.  

I recently became a CNAS, which is a Certified Nutritional Autoimmune Specialist.  What I have learned is that autoimmune diseases can be helped through nutrition and a few other modalities that I teach to my clients.  Through nutrition and movement we are able to reduce inflammation in the body.

By learning what foods need to be eliminated and what needs to be added I work with you to get you on the right track to feeling better.  

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