Let’s do things dif­fer­ently

Living Now - - Inner Health Feature - By San­dra Cabot

The fol­low­ing pos­i­tive habits have the power to make your life a lot hap­pier and eas­ier. We hold on to so many ideas, habits, peo­ple and things that cause us pain and suf­fer­ing. In­stead of letting them go, in­stead of al­low­ing our­selves to be stress-free and happy, we cling to them. This stops here. Start­ing now, we give up on what no longer serves us, and em­brace trans­for­ma­tion and evo­lu­tion. Up for it? Let’s do it! • Cel­e­brate and praise oth­ers. • Cel­e­brate and praise your­self. • Laugh. Re­ally laugh. • Dance. Lose your self. • Cry. Re­ally cry. • Breathe. Re­ally deeply. Fill your self

with life. • Na­ture. No ex­cuses. Do more na­ture. • See the divine in ev­ery­one and

ev­ery­thing. • Find beauty ev­ery­where, even in the

mun­dane. • Ques­tion your habits. You’re worth it. • For­give oth­ers. • For­give your­self. • Eat fresh nat­u­ral foods. • Chew, chew, chew. And, chew, chew. • Eat or­ganic. • Eat more veg­gies. • Eat wild-caught fish (and make sure

it’s sus­tain­able). • Earth your­self. Get bare­foot. • Get dirty. En­joy mud. • Feel. Ex­press your emo­tions. • Be vul­ner­a­ble. If you can’t, find help

till you can. • Med­i­tate. Try dif­fer­ent styles, dif­fer­ent

teach­ers. • See a chi gong mas­ter for a heal­ing. • Try yin yoga. En­cour­ages con­scious

aware­ness in move­ment. • Try mind-body en­ergy heal­ing. • Fast. It re­sets your sys­tem. • Elim­i­nate sodium flu­o­ride, chlo­rine,

and palm oil. • Ditch mi­cro beads, SLS, SLES,

parabens and mi­cro­nised ox­ides. • Get some fi­bre. And an­cient grains.

Try chia. • Get early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon

sun. You need sun­shine. • Get up early. En­joy the still­ness. • Rest. It’s good for you. • Fight-ing. What’s big­ger – your soul or

your ego? • Con­trol-ing. Cul­ti­vate faith. Al­low

things to be as they are. • Re­sist-ing. Change is good. It gets you

to where you want to be. • Fear-ing. Fear is made up. The

an­ti­dote is love and faith. • Buy­ing crap. Do you need it? How

does it serve you? • Eat­ing crap. Stop. Now. It’s crap if the

in­gre­di­ents have num­bers. • Eat­ing sugar. You don’t need it. You

are hap­pier with­out the habit. • Stay­ing up late. Have an ear­lier din­ner

and go to bed ear­lier.

Au­toim­mune dis­eases are a broad range of con­di­tions where a per­son’s im­mune sys­tem launches an at­tack against their own cells, tis­sues and/ or or­gans. This re­sults in in­flam­ma­tion through­out the body, and the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to spe­cific parts of the body. There are of­fi­cially 81 dif­fer­ent au­toim­mune dis­eases, with around an­other 20 or so dis­eases con­sid­ered to have an au­toim­mune com­po­nent. In­creas­ingly, dis­eases that were once con­sid­ered id­io­pathic (of un­known ori­gin), are now be­ing la­belled au­toim­mune.

Au­toim­mune dis­eases range from very com­mon to ex­tremely rare dis­eases. Some au­toim­mune dis­eases af­fect mainly one part of the body (such as au­toim­mune thy­roid dis­ease, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and type 1 di­a­betes); oth­ers af­fect many parts of

the body (such as sys­temic lu­pus ery­the­mato­sus, rheuma­toid arthri­tis and sclero­derma). A num­ber of dif­fer­ent fac­tors in­ter­act to cause au­toim­mune dis­ease. You can­not de­velop an au­toim­mune dis­ease un­less you have spe­cific genes. The ten­dency to de­velop an au­toim­mune dis­ease runs in fam­i­lies. You won’t nec­es­sar­ily de­velop the same au­toim­mune dis­ease that some­one in your fam­ily has; you just in­herit an in­creased chance of de­vel­op­ing one of them.

Just hav­ing the genes isn’t enough though. You need to be ex­posed to one or more en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that trig­ger off the dis­ease. En­vi­ron­men­tal trig­gers in­clude things like an in­fec­tion, spe­cific foods that your body can’t tol­er­ate, emo­tional stress, ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals or toxic met­als; preg­nancy, a nu­tri­ent de­fi­ciency and oth­ers. In­fec­tions are ex­tremely com­mon trig­gers of au­toim­mune dis­ease. The glan­du­lar fever virus alone is a known trig­ger of 33 dif­fer­ent au­toim­mune dis­eases. It is par­tic­u­larly re­lated to trig­ger­ing mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, sys­temic lu­pus ery­the­mato­sus, rheuma­toid arthri­tis and Sjo­gren’s syn­drome.

The third crit­i­cal com­po­nent for de­vel­op­ing an au­toim­mune dis­ease is a leaky gut (also known as in­creased in­testi­nal per­me­abil­ity). This sim­ply means that the in­testi­nal lin­ing is too por­ous and al­lows waste prod­ucts in the in­testines to en­ter the blood­stream. This places an enor­mous strain on the im­mune sys­tem, and in time may lead to the devel­op­ment of an au­toim­mune dis­ease in sus­cep­ti­ble peo­ple.

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