Toxicity and autoimmune disease are hot topics right now and for good reason. Our air, soil, plants and water are being contaminated. As such, our bodies are being poisoned and the poisons are being stored within our cells. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that toxins are also in our food supply.
Do you ever wonder what is actually in the food that you are eating? If not you should.
Chances are you know someone who has an autoimmune issue or has symptoms of toxicity. In my experience, toxicity has led to numerous health problems, including allergies and autoimmune disease.
Humans have created over 80,000 chemicals and every year, four billion pounds of these toxins are released into our environment.
As Dr. Mark Hyman states “Autoimmune disease has tripled in the last few decades. 24 million Americans are now affected. In fact, it affects more women than heart disease and breast cancer combined. But autoimmune disease isn’t just one condition… Simply put, autoimmune diseases are conditions where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues rather than a foreign molecule like bacteria. This happens when something confuses the immune system. Increasingly, that “something” appears to be the enormous load of environmental toxins to which we are all exposed.”
Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern conveniences and indoor living habits don’t get these diseases.
Toxins aren’t just what we breath or drink, processed foods are full of man- made chemicals that are toxic to our bodies.
Five years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which I have been able to manage with nutrients and supplements like zinc, Quercetin, Serrapeptase, vitamin D, herbs, probiotics and a clean, whole-foods, allergen-free, anti-inflammatory diet.
I believe that toxins play the biggest part in autoimmune diseases because the more I stuck to my plan, consistently taking my supplements, eating fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables, canning my own prepared foods, giving up all processed “junk” foods and drinks and becoming an expert label reader, the better and better I felt.
At first I was so sick I could barely get out of bed. I spent that time reading and researching because doctors told me there was very little they could do for me, but give me pills for pain.
The internet is full of good information from doctors, researchers, herbalists and naturopaths. From the doctors and researchers I learned what my disease process was. From herbalists and naturopaths I learned how to detox my body naturally and without a painful process.
After a year of trying the herbal detoxification, taking the supplements and eating right I was feeling so much better and after two years I was back to my old self. I still have the disease and I do experience “flares,” but as long as I stick to my diet and guard what enters my body to the best of my ability, I am able to live a balanced, normal life.
Kim is a natural health enthusiast, herbalist and avid organic gardener who has completed two programs in herbology. As a Holisticate, she shares insights, wisdom and recipes from her journey toward wholeness to inspire and empower others to live a holistic and balanced life. Connect with Kim on Facebook.
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