Assess Your Emotions\\ and Spiritual Life
Your biography becomes your biology. Most people with a chronic illness are carrying an emotional burden including the feeling of being sick itself. Know that the illness is not your fault, but it is your responsibility to look at what in your life might be creating and perpetuating stress. Chronic stress, in all its forms, underlies chronic illness. To heal, we have to uncover those burdens and do our best to remove them. Let go of painful memories, resentment, regret, and negative emotion. Find a way that works for you, whether that’s cognitive therapy with a psychologist, prayer, or a mindfulness or forgiveness practice.
Practicing these 8 steps will improve your health and the quality of your wellbeing and, when done effectively, can reverse autoimmunity altogether.
Michelle Corey, CNWC, FMC, is a functional medical consultant, nutritionist, and author of The Thyroid Cure: The Functional Mind-Body Approach to Reversing Your Autoimmune Condition and Reclaiming Your Health. // michellecorey.com EXAMPLES OF AUTOIMMUNE TRIGGERS INCLUDE:
Chronic stress in any form can cause adrenal fatigue, which causes the hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine to become depleted. This can allow immune system T-cells to get out of control, resulting in inflammation and an imbalance between T-cells and B-cells.
> Chronic stress can impair methylation, which can suppress T-cell production. Impaired methylation of T-cells may be involved in the production of autoantibodies.
> Chronic infectious stress can cause both B-cells and T-cells to be overproduced, resulting in autoimmunity.
> Gastrointestinal stress, perhaps caused by parasites, yeast, or an overgrowth of bad bacteria, affects all the cells of your immune system, and disrupts the balance between T-regulator cells, and Th1 and Th2 cells.
> Food allergies and sensitivities can cause overproduction of B-cells, which may result in an accidental attack on healthy tissues.