4 Tips for Managing an Autoimmune Condition

Living with an autoimmune condition is never easy, even on a good day. You never know what might trigger an autoimmune response in the body which will set it in motion targeting healthy cells. This could have devastating consequences, especially during times of a global pandemic. That is one of the reasons why so many people are afraid of getting vaccinated. 

Unfortunately for them, there is no clear evidence that a Covid vaccination will trigger an autoimmune response and the American College of Rheumatology even goes so far as to advise patients suffering from inflammatory rheumatic and autoimmune diseases to get vaccinated. Of major importance in that group of conditions is lupus, from which so many sufferers stated they were ‘unable’ to get vaccinated.

1. Avoid Living in Fear 

It seems like they had nothing to fear. With all of that in mind, what can you do to manage an autoimmune condition without spending all your time worrying about things which bear no consequence? The very first thing you might do is talk to your doctor who is the best equipped to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. 

Bear in mind that not all autoimmune conditions will have the same triggers so to avoid living in fear, take the time to research your particular condition. Don’t make the mistake of believing everything you read either. Trust reputable sites and, of course, run everything by your own doctor as well. Fear can be more dangerous than any of the things you are told to do, or not to do as the case may be.

2. Have You Tried Dietary Remedies?

Did you know that Type 2 diabetes is now known to be an autoimmune disease? It has only been in recent years that medical science has proven that this is not a metabolic disorder which why it makes sense that diet plays a major role in controlling it. Because of this, an autoimmune diet might be worth trying with the help of a handy little app built on AIP, Autoimmune Protocol. Once you’ve plugged in what you can and can’t eat, the AIP helps you plan meals best suited to your personal needs.

3. Avoid Stress

Remember that fear we referred to above? It may not be the fear at all that would cause the greatest issues for those suffering from autoimmune disorders. As a matter of fact, fear only serves to keep you from doing something that may be good for you. It’s the stress that fear causes that is the real culprit. According to this site, stress can cause the activation of certain genes that lead to inflammation and that is what exacerbates autoimmune conditions – inflammation!

4. Anti-inflammatories for Autoimmune Conditions

One of the ways in which an autoimmune flareup manifests is with an inflammatory response, sometimes to allergens. You will notice redness, swelling, and often a huge amount of pain. Anti-inflammatory medications like prednisone are often prescribed, but this leads to another way in which the right AIP diet can also help. By its very nature as having anti-inflammatory properties, diet can often prevent inflammatory flareups and that is actually what an AIP is devised to do. Notice that many of the foods on the app listed above are those foods that many people are allergic to. There is a definite correlation between inflammation and allergic reactions and so, diet just might be the most natural solution of all!

It should also be noted here that only your doctor can advise you on what is right for you to do, or not to do as the case may be. However, there is not much to be concerned with when seeking a healthy diet devoid of those foods known to promote allergic reactions.