I’ve been receiving a bunch of emails from y’all — asking for steps to treat autoimmunity. I know many of you are frustrated with the treatment and advice you’re being given by your Western medicine doctors. Trust me, I was there. I was on steroids and a host of other drugs years ago that did more harm than good — heck, I’m still trying to heal my adrenals from the steroids that shot them down 5 years ago! Trust me, it’s a long process but the sooner you start working with an Integrative MD, the easier and quicker you’ll heal and start seeing results without having to take a prescription drug.
What I’ve noticed lately from my clients is that you are all trying to heal one certain ailment… such as your hormones or your gut or your adrenals, but you need to look at the BIGGER picture. If you’re not getting any better and you’re still exhausted or your skin is dull or you’re putting on weight for no reason — well then you probably have something much bigger going on here. You need a doctor who can give you his/her time and work with you on checking for infections, viruses, etc., and anything else suppressing your immune system — because these are the tricky things that aren’t allowing you to heal.
When I work with my clients, I help them find underlying toxins, infections, allergens and imbalances – which are all causes of chronic inflammation. Your goal is to find the root cause of your symptoms – not to cover it up with a band-aid drug so that you can go on eating McDonald’s.
So here we go… I’ve created 10 steps that you should think about before you try any other treatments.
These steps will help to calm your immune response naturally.
Get rid of your STRESS. Stress worsens the immune response. Make a list of all the things that are stressing you out and get them out of your life.
Check for hidden infections, diseases and viruses such as Lyme Disease, Celiac Disease, candida, dysbiosis, SIBO, bacteria, etc., and work with an Integrative MD to help you rid these bad guys out of your system. It took me years to be diagnosed with these issues because they were false negatives for so long. Make sure you find a good doctor who runs quality tests from VERY high quality labs so that you get accurate results.
You’ll never heal your hormones, adrenals, etc., if you don’t first address your gut. 80% of your immune system is in your gut so it’s your job to fix your gut before you move onto working on any other area. Trust me, I wasted years focusing on hormones, adrenals, etc., when the issue was my gut and hidden infections. I spent thousands of dollars on supplements to help my adrenals and hormones and nothing helped!
Get your heavy metals tested. This is NOT a blood test. This is a urine chelation test. You want to know the amount of metals in your tissues of your body — not the metals in your blood!
Add MORE good fats. You need very high quality fats to heal such as coconut oil, walnuts, ground flaxseeds and fish oil.
Start adding in deep relaxation techniques such as massage, Epsom salt baths, deep belly breathing and light stretching or yoga.
Eat organic food. Those pesticides, herbicides and growth hormones/antibiotics in your yogurt, milk, chicken, etc., are affecting your organs and overloading your liver! Switch to an organic lifestyle to rid your body of these toxins.
Start eating ‘clean’. The term Clean Eating means to eat whole foods that are allergen-free and anti-inflammatory. Remove gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol and all processed foods! All of the recipes on my website are free of these food groups, so you’ve gotta whole lot of healthy choices to enjoy.
Use high quality probiotics, vitamin C, vitamin D, herbs, anti-fungals, and anything else your Integrative MD tells you that you are deficient in such as zinc, iron, etc. Go for a walk and get some sunshine – vitamin D is a MUST!
And if I had to add in one more step… it would be to smile and laugh and play. I know it’s not easy to say and trust me, I’ve had my fair share of crying and pain but you have to have hope. You have to believe. You will find an answer; you will get to the bottom of your battle, if you are facing one.
What steps are you taking to get to the root cause of your systems?
Have a beautiful day. More tasty recipes coming next week!