What is Autoimmune Disease?
An autoimmune disease, also known as an immune system disorder, is a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body. Normally, the immune system guards the body from foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungus, and other harmful microbes by attacking them with fighter cells. With autoimmune disease, the immune system thinks that healthy cells are also foreign invaders.
Some autoimmune diseases damage only one particular organ or system of the body. For instance, type 1 diabetes targets the pancreas. Other autoimmune diseases affect the entire body such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Unfortunately, a sick body triggered by autoimmune disease may contribute to other autoimmune diseases.
Continue reading to learn more about autoimmune disease and how natural treatment solutions are the best way to prevent and treat them.
What are the Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease?
Because there are nearly 150 autoimmune diseases, the signs and symptoms can vary amongst them all. However, the early symptoms are similar for most. They include the following:
Unique symptoms may also occur in the early stages for individual diseases. Type 1 diabetes may cause extreme thirst and weight loss, while SLE may cause dry mouth and eyes and weight gain.
What Causes Autoimmune Disease?
Doctors currently do not understand what causes the immune system to misfire and cause autoimmune disease. Currently, there is only one autoimmune condition that has a known cause. That is Celiac disease which is caused by an immune reaction to gluten in the diet. Though science hasn’t proven this yet, it is leaning towards gluten as being the culprit for several autoimmune diseases.
Who Gets Autoimmune Disease?
Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when compared to men, and it usually begins during a woman’s childbearing years. Some autoimmune diseases are also more common in certain ethnic groups. For instance, SLE is more prevalent in the African-American and Hispanic communities than in the Caucasian populace. Other autoimmune conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, seem to run in families.
Will Autoimmune Disease Go Away?
Some autoimmune diseases are temporary while others seem to be permanent. When symptoms arise, they are called flare-ups. When they go away, they are said to be in remission.
For instance, an autoimmune condition called psoriasis may come and go. The most common symptom of this disease is a scaly rash, and it may flare up when the body is affected by a viral or bacterial infection. Stress may also cause a flare up. Once the infection or stress is relieved, psoriasis may go into remission where the rash is healed. Strangely, it may never return even with an infection or stress in some people.
Other autoimmune diseases, such as Celiac disease may worsen if the condition isn’t treated. Celiac disease is a disease of the digestive system that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients in foods. It is caused from an immune reaction to gluten which is a protein substance presently found in cereal grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. If a person diagnosed with Celiac disease continues to eat gluten, the symptoms will worsen and also promote other autoimmune diseases. It can even be fatal. Therefore, the only way for Celiac disease to go away is by removing gluten from the diet. The diagnosed person may then go into remission.
Are there Tests that Diagnose Autoimmune Disease?
There is no single test that can diagnose autoimmune disease. Usually, a combination of tests and a symptom assessment determines a diagnosis. However, the antinuclear antibodies (ANA) test is often the initial test doctors use when a patient complains about symptoms that match autoimmune disease.
ANA are a group of auto-antibodies produced by the immune system when the body mistakenly recognizes healthy cells as foreign invaders. The ANA test detects these auto-antibodies in the blood, and it helps the doctor to diagnose a suspected autoimmune disease or rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.
However, a positive ANA test result doesn’t necessarily mean that a patient has an autoimmune disease. For patients with SLE, the ANA is almost always positive. For other autoimmune diseases, the positive ANA test results vary. Even healthy people may have positive results, especially if they are sick or just overcame an infection. Basically, an ANA test is ordered when there is suspicion of an autoimmune disease. If the test result is positive, further tests will be ordered depending on the results.
What is a Natural Treatment Solution for Autoimmune Disease?
The job of the immune system is to defend against foreign invaders. It’s kind of like having your own personal, built-in security system. When the system is working properly, it keeps you safe. If it’s not working correctly, it may shoot though it would be friendly-fire. The key is to eliminate the triggers that sound the alarm that increase autoimmune disease, as well as strengthen the security system. Following are five autoimmune triggers to eliminate and four natural solutions to treating autoimmune disease.
5 AUTOIMMUNE TRIGGERING FOODS TO ELIMINATE
4 NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO TREATING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
If You Have Autoimmune Disease...
If you think you have, or you have been diagnosed with, an autoimmune disease, don’t fret. Many medical professionals will tell you that it is a lifelong condition that you will have to manage. However, many people have overcome their conditions. We will never know whether they are in full remission or have truly cured themselves. What we do know is that you can prevent and successfully treat autoimmune disease naturally through lifestyle so that you can feel your best.