5 Amazing Foods To Reverse Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases result from an unusual immune response of the body against tissue and substances normally existent in the body (autoimmunity). Autoimmune diseases are among the leading causes of suffering across the across world. According to The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, there are two times more Americans living with autoimmune diseases than heart related diseases. The good news is that unlike most chronic diseases, there is so much you can do to take back control over your health by incorporating these 5 recommended foods into your diet plan.

1. Vitamin A

Lack of Vitamin A has been linked to autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, is present in animal products such as fish, fermented cod liver oil, shellfish, liver and butterfat from grass-fed cows. Additionally, plant carotenes which are a precursor of Vitamin A are present in carrots and sweet potatoes. However, the conversion rate of plant carotenes is low as compared to retinol. Research shows that only an insignificant 3% of beta carotene gets converted in a healthy adult.

2. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is also known as “Sunshine Vitamin.” They are extremely essential for a variety of immunological and metabolic pathways in the body. Just like Vitamin A, Vitamin D is also present in dairy and animal fats. However, soaking up in the sun is also very helpful—about 30 minutes every day, depending on your complexion. Also, you might want to consider getting tested every 3-6 months to ensure your Vitamin D levels in the body are idea.

3. Vitamin K2

Vitamin K2 is effective at fighting against autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in our diets. Vitamin K2 is most effective when combined with other fat-soluble Vitamins A and D present in whole food form like organ meat or grass-fed butter oil also known as ghee. A popular dish that has high levels of Vitamin K2 is the Japanese superfood known as Natto.

4. Iron A lack of sufficient amounts of iron in the body makes way for several autoimmune diseases. The explanation behind this is that a large amount of ferritin, stored iron, is absorbed in the intestines.

It’s important to tackle the underlying cause of iron deficiency. For instance, healing of the microbone is important for healthier nutrient absorption, particularly iron. Healing the gut allows foods such as spinach, liver and other iron-rich foods to work against autoimmune diseases.

5. Macronutrients

Magnesium, zinc and selenium are perfect examples of macronutrients. Their deficiency is associated with several autoimmune diseases due to chronic inflammation which lowers the absorption of these vital nutrients. Seeds and nuts such as Brazil nuts as well and oysters are a perfect source of these vital health nutrients. Just like other nutrients, macronutrients are essential for the production and conversion of the thyroid hormone and thyroid related problems such as Hashimoto disease—one of the most common autoimmune conditions.



Surviving Your Food Allergies

If you, like many of us, have food allergies, you need some survival tips when you're grocery shopping or planning to eat out. It can be very stressful to deal with food allergies. Planning ahead and making wise choices can save you from a serious reaction due to your food allergies. These tips can help you survive your food allergies and still enjoy eating.

Always Check Food Labels

If you have food allergies you most likely read your labels on foods that you buy. Learn how certain ingredients can mask foods that you're allergic to. Know your terms and how to avoid your specific allergens. It's not always easy to tell and when in doubt you'll want to opt out of eating a specific food item, especially if it's prepackaged and you can't tell if it has one of your allergic foods in it or not. Be especially mindful of nuts or the portion of the label that states: “may have come in contact with...”.

When Eating Out Check Ingredients

Eating out always presents a special challenge. If it's gluten that you're allergic to you can often avoid that by going to restaurants that offer a gluten free menu. If it's another food that you're allergic to you can opt to share this with the waiter or waitress and be very specific in what you order. If you're allergic to nuts you'll want to ensure that your food wasn't cooked in peanut oil. You could also simply go for a salad bar and use the oil and vinegar dressings available in lieu of mixed dressings that may have allergens in them for you. Again, when in doubt, opt out.

Have an Epi-Pen Ready

If your doctor has recommended that you keep an epi pen on hand, do so. Keep one in your car, home, office and make sure that family and friends know how to use it should you suddenly have a reaction due to a food allergy. It just may save your life. If you don't have an epi pen and have a serious food allergy check with your doctor and see if he or she recommends that you get one.

Stick To Foods You Know (when travelling)

If you're travelling be sure to stick to brands that you know well before you order foods. Make sure to double check with wait staff and if in doubt stick with a salad bar etc. If you're visiting a foreign country learn the things that you're allergic to in the foreign language and make sure to triple check before eating anything.

Always make sure that they don't add nuts in the sauces if you're allergic to nuts and ensure that they aren't cooking in peanut oil if you're allergic to nuts. Traveling abroad can give you an entirely new perspective on cooking and what is normal in our country may be different in a foreign country.

As you become accustomed to your food allergy you'll catch on to key words and phrases that tell you to avoid something. Always be mindful of foods to watch out for and above all, remember that often recipes change even in brands that you normally can eat. Read labels each and every time you purchase a product, never assume that just because you could eat that product last week you can eat it this week, it just may save your life.

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