Autoimmune diseases (AD) are on the rise and comprise a large part of “chronic disease”. Your immune system – your body’s defense against harmful bacteria and viruses – becomes confused and begins to attack some part of your body. AD is a case of friendly fire and one that can significantly affect your overall health.
Millions of Americans live with an AD. Women are especially affected, with rates of diagnoses 3X higher than that of men. Some of the most common AD include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. Although exact causes are unknown, AD is linked to intestinal permeability, toxin exposure, infections, food allergies, inflammation and hormone imbalances.