The immune system is a highly sophisticated defense system that attacks and removes dangerous bacteria, viruses, cancerous cells, and many other undesirable substances and organisms from our body. Sometimes our immune system goes awry and mistakenly attacks our own tissues, resulting in a variety, of what we call, autoimmune disorders. When the immune system attacks bones and joints, we develop rheumatoid arthritis. When the immune system attacks a variety of our body's organs, we develop a chronic inflammatory disease known as lupus. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are closely related conditions.
Other autoimmune disorders include chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, two closely related disorders. Irritable bowel syndrome probably has some autoimmune components to it, as well. All of these disorders are complex, so we cannot pinpoint their exact origins. But the latest theories indicate that they all seem to involve defects in the immune system, hence are called autoimmune disorders.
Many of the symptoms of these autoimmune disorders overlap and so do their treatments. Since many of these disorders have food allergy triggers, it is important to eat a healthy well-balanced hypoallergenic diet. Avoid food allergens, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. A healthy lifestyle, with moderate exercise, helps in general to support a good energy level.
More specifically, chronic fatigue sufferers are usually nutritionally deficient, especially magnesium deficient. Daily vitamin and mineral supplementation helps greatly. Siberian ginseng is an immuno-modulating herb that may be useful in chronic fatigue. Licorice may be beneficial in supporting the depleted adrenals of chronic fatigue sufferers. Avoid hypoglycemic-inducing sugar and adrenal-depleting caffeine, too.
Fibromyalgia sufferers are also usually low in magnesium, so magnesium supplementation is beneficial. They are also generally low in levels of serotonin. Supplementing with 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) can help to raises low serotonin levels, and aid sleep, too. St. John's wort also raises serotonin levels, and fights depression at the same time.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is often helped by increasing fiber intake. Sufferers should also eliminate food allergens, processed foods, and sugar from their diets. Peppermint oil may help those with irritable bowels because it inhibits smooth muscle action, thus reducing gastro-intestinal spasms. Lactobacillus and other probiotics are also helpful in restoring normal intestinal flora.
The inflammatory nature of rheumatoid arthritis is often diminished by curcumin, bromelain, and ginger. Fish oil, high in omega-3 fatty acids, is also helpful as an anti-inflammatory in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Avoid nightshade plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers.
Lupus sufferers also benefit greatly with the anti-inflammatory actions of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids. Individuals with lupus generally have low levels of antioxidants. Supplementing with antioxidants rich in vitamins C and E, betacarotene, and selenium may be helpful in cases of lupus.
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|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
|Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support.|
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