Worried About Autoimmune Disease that Runs in the

Did you know that autoimmune diseases run in families, they are hereditary? In fact, if given the right circumstances such as stress whether good or bad can actually cause the perfect storm for perpetuating an autoimmune disease diagnosis.

 

Prevention is the first place to start. An anti-inflammatory diet among other things is a good place to begin, but if you find your self in a situation where you’re newly diagnosed with an autoimmune disease there are plenty of alternative steps that can be taken in order to reduce symptoms.

 

You’ll find various theories about diet and how it relates to autoimmune disease. In my opinion it’s best to remove all gluten even if you don’t have an autoimmune disease, but autoimmune disease runs in your family and you have yet to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Dairy is another item that should be reduced or removed. There are lots of great alternatives to dairy and gluten on the market. However when most when most people go gluten-free they make the mistake of replacing glutenous items with processed gluten-free products. The best option is a whole foods diet that emphasizes healthy fats, quality proteins that are grass fed, lots of vegetables and green leafy vegetables, and the occasional fruit. The occasional gluten free grain or beans may be an option for some, but I find that those with autoimmune diseases typically don’t do well with these items in their diet. Go for a yummy sweet potato as an alternative.

 

I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases run in his family and yet he was still surprised as he lives a fairly healthy lifestyle otherwise. He was under a fair amount of stress over the past couple years and found that had created the perfect storm for his body. It is a valuable reminder that we are not impervious to being afflicted if autoimmune disease runs in the family. If you take preventative measures, it is less likely that you will be afflicted even if autoimmune diseases run in your family, but should the perfect storm be created and you are diagnosed, you’ll be much better off post diagnosis if you take preventative measures prior to being diagnosed.

  Again, one excellent way of prevention is focusing on a nourishing, healthy, whole foods and anti-inflammatory diet. Here are six tasty anti-inflammatory recipes from Positive Health and Wellness to get you started.

 

Do you or someone you know have an autoimmune disease?

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Merrit

Turmeric is a popular Middle Eastern spice and primary ingredient in curry. Turmeric is also prized for its medicinal properties. The key medicinal component in turmeric is a compound called curcumin. Curcumin provides a range of benefits thanks to its antioxidant properties. Curcumin in supplements is commonly found combined with black peppercorn as it aids in the body’s absorption of curcumin by about 2000%. Making turmeric a consistent part of your diet may provide several health benefits.

  1. Turmeric for a normal moodTurmeric has been used throughout history as a mood booster. During a small study of 60 patients, research showed that patients who took 1 gram of curcumin had a better mood than those that did not. The study also showed that curcumin has a similar effect to some products labeled to help address mood and behavior disorders. It has also been suggested that curcumin may boost brain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
  2. Turmeric for cellular healthUncontrolled growth can result in several harmful conditions that affect the body in several ways. Some studies have investigated the use of curcumin as a compound that reduces angiogenesis, which is important for preventing the growth of blood vessels in tumors. Other studies have also looked into the use of curcumin to reduce cancer cell growth and tumors. Curcumin is an aid in digestive and colon health as well, and early studies suggest that it may have a similar supportive effect in the digestive system. Unfortunately none of these studies are conclusive and require further investigation.
  3. Turmeric for inflammation and joint comfortAlthough inflammation can be beneficial to our bodies, like fighting bad bacteria, it becomes a problem when it is chronic. Chronic inflammation has been suggested to be a common antagonist in many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, cognitive disorders, metabolic syndrome, and other various degenerative diseases. Curcumin’s effect on inflammation is said to match more traditional medicinal therapies. In one study, curcumin showed optimal results in patients involved in rheumatoid arthritis therapies.
  4. Turmeric for memory and learning Cognitive challenges can lead to a range of disorders that affect learning, memory, and much more. While treatment for many of these disorders has yet to be discovered, research is looking at methods to delay the onset of these disorders. Science has shown that inflammation and oxidative damage both play a role in the rate and severity of cognitive challenges. New studies have shown that curcumin may have beneficial effects on the mind during aging. For example, a component of the neurological condition Alzheimer’s is thought to be the result of a buildup of protein tangles. These tangles are called Amyloid plaques and curcumin has been shown to break down and clear these plaques.

As you can see, turmeric is much more than just a spice, and these four incredible benefits only scratch the surface of its potential. Turmeric has many medicinal uses and is a wonderful natural remedy to many ailments as well as a source of protection for your body’s health. A tasty and easy way to make curcumin part of your diet is to drink Golden Milk. Adding turmeric to your regular diet can result in a happier healthier you.

 

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5 Ways to Address Your “SAD”-ness

Do you feel the pull of wintertime blues as the days are becoming shorter? This is a time of year where many can be affected by mood changes due to the changing of the seasons and lack of sunlight; some people suffer from a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. The tell tail symptoms of SAD include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. These are symptoms that typically show up at the same time each year and can begin in the fall and last through winter. SO, even if you have these symptoms to a small degree, yet you don’t have SAD, the ways in which you can ease and improve the symptoms are the same.

Here is a 5-pronged approach to address SAD or your depression during fall / winter months. Taking a comprehensive approach is more effective than only addressing this with one solution.

 

Diet –

This time of year brings lots of holiday celebration. You may be tempted to fill up on sugary items, candy, cookies, pastries, breads, chips and essentially non-nutrient value processed carbohydrate, which may have an initial affect of euphoria, but truth be told the resulting crash will actually make you feel worse than prior to eating these type of carbohydrates.

Filling your diet with real unprocessed foods will be an important part of reducing symptoms of sad. Real veggies, fruit, protein and healthy fats are where improvement will begin. Healthy fats are especially important for the brain and for neurotransmitters. Fats such as Avocados, Olives, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter are all very good options for feeding your brain.

 

Supplements –

You may need to boost your nutrients as our soils are depleted and even if your eating a healthy diet, your body may need some extra support. A good B-complex will be helpful with so many processes in the body and will also help with mood and energy. While we have less exposure to sunlight at this time of year, and because it is a main source of vitamin D, chances are that you’ll need a boost here too, but it is a good idea to have your vitamin D levels tested before adding additional vitamin D. Mushrooms and eggs are also good sources of vitamin D. Visit the Vitamin D Council for more information on testing and ideal levels of vitamin D: Click Here

 

Exercise –

Choose a type of exercise that feels right for you. It could be talking walks, yoga, Pilates, running, hiking, whatever feels enjoyable and you can commit to doing on a regular basis, the point is movement is important and will also help improve symptoms. If there is something you can choose to do outside, even better because you’ll also get that exposure to the sun even if it is a cloudy day.

 

Light Therapy –

This is an important one and acts like a supplement. Sunlight is a precursor to melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates sleep / wake cycles. Light therapy is a good way to assist with the lack of sunlight during the winter months. Its as easy as getting a light box that will run you about $30 or replacing a light bulb in a lamp. Here’s an option called a “Blues Buster” is simply a bulb that you can put in a lamp: Click Here

Talk Therapy –

Talk therapy in my opinion is important for everyone, not just those that are depressed. With all the stressors we are dealing with in today’s day and age, talk therapy is an essential. Its part of regular self-care, just like a visit to the doctor, getting a regular massage, brushing your teeth and taking a shower. Talk therapy fits into the category of self-care and it’s about time we get over the stigma associated with talk therapy. This is an essential and there is nothing wrong with talking to an objective party who will support you in your personal growth and who will also support you during tough times, whether that is depression from seasonal changes or any other stressful situation you are dealing with, a therapist is your partner in helping you work through your difficult and stressful times in life.

 

Here’s to a healthy and happy winter!