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Anyone who is diagnosed with an autoimmune condition is told that it is incurable and that they have to manage this disease for the rest of their life. The Top-10 critical illnesses such as diabetes, strokes, cancers, asthma … are autoimmune. There are scores of less life threatening diseases such as obesity, skin allergies, food allergies, joint pains and many more that are all autoimmune. They reduce our quality of life, cause chronic fatigue, mood problems, pain, stress, suffering and impose many limitations to our daily life.
Why is this happening to me?
Autoimmunity has gone up 300 percent in the last fifty years. And it’s not because we are getting better at diagnosing it. With the prevalent use of antibiotics, increased consumption of processed foods and GMOs, along with beauty & skin products filled with chemicals. The environmental factors have increased in quantity and intensity, and they are hitting us sooner in life.
With intensive farming practices and love of processed food, the average person has a wider nutrient gap. Also, if you have leaky gut issues, you might not be absorbing nutrients that your body is consuming. But even if we are eating a good, organic diet, we still aren’t getting all the nutrients we need, or as many as our parents and previous generations got from their food because the soil quality today is much poorer, less nutrient-rich. This is why a good quality multivitamin is so important.
Is it genetic?
Autoimmune disease including the “rare” ones afflicts people of all ethnicity all over the world. Lets face it! You are not that special and the only thing that is common between you and all those people are many synthetic chemicals found in the what you consume and products you use.
Why are autoimmune diseases becoming so common?
We live in a highly connected world today. From east to west, from industrial scale farms to the small rural farmers, food is being produced with seeds, pesticides, steroids, synthetic hormone, storage methods, etc. This is supplied by corporations with the promise of higher yields, pest resistance, drought resistance, longer shelf life and of course greater profitability. How do we argue with that? But no matter how minute or “harmless” these substances may be, it will find its way into our body, into our cells and accumulate over time.
What preventative steps can you take to protect yourself?
We need to breathe, drink water, eat food and use products daily. We do not always have the luxury of changing our environment. The body stores these toxins. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are the fuel for the body to detoxify itself, and protect us from disease-causing toxins. These resources, among others, are also used daily to maintain the health of our digestion, brain chemistry, hormones, etc. So if they are insufficient and are all used up then this nutrient deficiency will lead to other health problems. Your body’s cells and your immune system will go to war with itself. This is a fight you do not want to win because autoimmune is like a civil war, where the 'bad' cells attack your immune system.
We must reduce, make better choices daily and choose not to turn our body into a toxic dumping ground.
Let's eat cleaner, live cleaner and be always nutrient sufficient.