The term autoimmune disease covers many different illnesses. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac’s disease, and Type 1 diabetes are all examples of autoimmune diseases. In an autoimmune disease the body’s immune system starts attacking itself. This sets off a chain of events that can lead to many different diseases and disorders. Unfortunately, once someone has one autoimmune disease they often develop others.
The incidence of autoimmune diseases are on the rise. Almost unheard of prior to the 1950s, new estimates state that autoimmune disease now affects 1 in 12 Americans. What is causing this unprecedented spike in autoimmune diseases? What can we do to stop it?
Autoimmune disease is caused by systemic inflammation in the body. This inflammation is brought on by many things: exposure to toxins, food allergies, eating processed foods, and eating an excess of sugar are just a few of the most common causes of inflammation. Finding out was is causing the inflammation and removing that trigger is the first step towards reversing an autoimmune disease.
Over the next few weeks, I will post a series of articles aimed at how to find and remove common causes of inflammation from your life! Hope you find it helpful.
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