Autoimmune conditions are a group of diseases where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body, causing chronic inflammation and tissue damage.
There has been a rise in the incidence of autoimmune conditions over the last 20 years.
Autoimmune conditions are a group of disorders in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells, tissues, and organs.
Some of the most common autoimmune conditions include:
Rheumatoid arthritis: A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the joints and other tissues in the body.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): An autoimmune disease that can affect various organs and tissues, including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and blood vessels.
Multiple sclerosis (MS): A chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause a range of symptoms, including muscle weakness, balance and coordination problems, and vision loss.
Type 1 diabetes: An autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: An autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, leading to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
Graves’ disease: An autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, leading to an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): A group of disorders that cause inflammation in the digestive tract, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Psoriasis: An autoimmune disorder that causes patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales.
Sjögren’s syndrome: An autoimmune disease that attacks the glands that produce moisture, leading to dry eyes and mouth.
Ankylosing spondylitis: A type of arthritis that affects the spine and other joints, causing stiffness and pain.
Several factors may contribute to this increase, including: Exposure to environmental toxins, pollutants, and chemicals, processed foods, sedentary lifestyle and on top of all these chronic stress is a huge contributor to the autoimmune epidemic.
WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO
The good news? With life style interventions and stress management you can bring the immune system back to balance. This was also my personal experience after being diagnosed with Spondylitis. And a deep dive to the topic over the last 5 years taught me that it can be reversed. You CAN go back to balance and health.