Autoimmune diseases are a group of over 100 conditions in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy tissues. There is no cure for most autoimmune diseases, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, and bring the disease into remission.
The idea of curing an autoimmune disease in 30 days is appealing, but it is essential to be realistic. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating autoimmune diseases; what works for one person may not work for another.
Additionally, many autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions, meaning that they require long-term treatment and management.
However, there are some things that people with autoimmune diseases can do to improve their health and reduce the severity of their symptoms. These include:
Eating a healthy diet: A nutritious diet can help reduce inflammation and support the immune system. People with autoimmune diseases should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They should also limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats.
One diet, in particular, has been beneficial for my patients to reduce symptoms or total remission. That is the AIP diet. The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is an elimination diet that aims to reduce inflammation and improve gut health. It involves removing certain foods from the diet, such as grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nightshade vegetables, and processed foods. After a few weeks or months, food can be reintroduced one at a time to see how they are tolerated.
Another diet that is helpful for autoimmune disease and many other conditions is the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is a healthy eating pattern emphasizing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
The third diet I recommend is the paleo diet. It is a dietary pattern based on our ancestors’ foods during the Paleolithic era. It involves eating lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The paleo diet has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve gut health.
Lastly is the GAPS diet. It is also known as the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet. It is an elimination diet that aims to heal the gut and promote overall gut health. It is based on the belief that many health conditions, including digestive disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions, are caused by a leaky gut, which damages the gut lining and allows toxins to leak into the bloodstream.
There are many more diets out there that may be the key to putting autoimmune disease into remission. However, I found these to be the most helpful for many patients:
Getting regular exercise: Exercise is another essential part of a healthy lifestyle for people with autoimmune diseases. Exercise can help reduce inflammation, improve mood, and boost energy levels. However, many people with autoimmune diseases must also be careful not to overdo it. Too much exercise can lead to a flare at times as much as not enough exercise. Balance is the key!
Getting enough sleep: Sleep is essential for healing and immune function. People with autoimmune diseases should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If your body says you need more, do your best to accommodate it. Sometimes, we need a lot of extra sleep while our bodies either heal or fight what is happening inside.
Managing stress: Stress can worsen autoimmune disease symptoms. There are many different ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, and time in nature. Almost every patient I have worked with has dealt with a recurrence of symptoms when they either have a stressful event in life or are simply dealing with a long-term stressful situation. Having a plan to alleviate that stress is essential to lessen a flare that may occur.
Several treatments can help lessen symptoms or contribute to remission, including CAR t-cell therapy and stem cell therapy, and most recently, I read of an inverse vaccine for autoimmune disease in current trials.
While there is no cure for most autoimmune diseases, there are several things that people with these conditions can do to improve their health, reduce the severity of their symptoms, and put their disease into remission. Additionally, several emerging treatments have the potential to offer new hope for people with these conditions.
It is important to note that there is no guarantee that any treatment will cure an autoimmune disease in 30 days. Talking to your doctor before starting any new treatment is essential, especially if you have an autoimmune disease.