Some parts of living well with autoimmune disease are filled with misconceptions.
Want to know one of the most common ones I see?
The perception that there’s a magic bullet. A one-stop shop for reversing symptoms and living the good life again. Maybe it’s a turmeric/curcumin supplement. Maybe it’s a gluten-free diet. Or possibly even yoga a few times a week.
I’ll be the first to tell you – those things can help. My anti-inflammatory turmeric supplements and daily drops of CBD oil are like magic in a bottle some days – especially the days it feels like my joints are about to crumble and fall apart.
But, and this is a big BUT… they only work well for me because I am also:
- Supporting my body with nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory and gut-healing foods (aka a personalized version of the Autoimmune Protocol diet)
- Optimizing and prioritizing my sleep (7-8 hours a night, at least)
- Addressing my unique nutritional deficiencies using supplements when needed
- Spending time outside in nature and in the sun (without sunscreen)
- Avoiding toxin exposure from personal care and cleaning products
- Drinking clean, filtered water
- And MORE…
If I was eating the Standard American Diet, full of sugar, gluten, dairy, and a ton of synthetic preservatives and additives – no amount of CBD oil is going to heal me.
Likewise, if I was eating the cleanest anti-inflammatory diet, but only sleeping 3 hours a night and stressed out of my mind, then I probably wouldn’t feel any progress.
Autoimmune disease treatment requires a truly holistic (meaning whole) approach if you want your body to actually heal.
There are very few options (none that I can think of) that are going to heal you overnight. If you combine all of these things – the diet, sleep, etc., then you can actually move the needle in a big way, and probably in a shorter amount of time than you expected.
The best part is that aside from the basics of sleep, diet, stress management, etc… there are a TON of alternative therapies that can amplify your healing. And there are two in particular we use on a daily basis.
These two therapies are amazing for managing autoimmune issues and inflammation, and really aren’t given the credit they deserve. We rarely see them mentioned in books and blogs, and I would say 98.79% (estimate) of people in the US have never even heard of them. If they have heard of them – they weren’t given the real story. (Ugh.)
Plus, they are super cheap in comparison to everything else out there. One is even completely free!
We wrote about these amazing therapies in a guest post on Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s blog, so you’ll have to head over there to read about them. While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of her content because it’s awesome!
And just remember…
These therapies work very well for many people (including us), but only in addition to a solid, holistic autoimmune-friendly lifestyle.
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Hi! I’m Anna, co-founder of Healthy Habits Reset. After managing my own autoimmune diseases using lifestyle, habit, and mindset changes, I now work to teach others how to navigate the treacherous and confusing journey of chronic illness living. I firmly believe YOU hold the power to question, think critically, and become your own rock-solid advocate in a world full of unhealthy habits. Consider me, and my husband, Frank, your autoimmune disease health coaches. Are you ready?!