Autoimmune disease is among the top 10 silent killers that affect women’s health under the age of 65.
This makes the following quote so true:
What are autoimmune disorders?
Autoimmune disorders basically occur when your body turns on you. This is when the cells don’t recognize each other and in error start to attack friendly cells. In the long run, this can lead to inflammation within the body and lead to over 100 known autoimmune diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis being most prevalent but type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis are all classified as autoimmune-related.
Super Signs You May Have an Autoimmune Disease
The disease and its progression is different for every individual. The challenge that Western medicine faces is that it offers symptomatic treatment which is why some of these early signs of autoimmune disease can be misdiagnosed or even go unnoticed. Allopathy only starts to treat the disease once the inflammation has gone quite bad. Learn to recognize these autoimmune disease symptoms and stop health problems in their tracks.
Extreme Weakness: This is when you feel tired to the bone and no amount of rest can alleviate it. This is one of the most universal signs of autoimmune disease.
Muscular and Joint Pain: If you have achy, breaky muscles and joints you need to check out this symptom. Inflammation in joints can cause a burning sensation and soreness of muscles are also a result of internal swelling.
Muscle Fatigue: If you are feeling particularly weak or there is a constant gnawing sensation in your hand, arm, leg or thigh don’t ignore it.
Swollen Glands: Inflammation doesn’t have to be internal but can manifest as a swelling of any area of the body, but in especially seen in the throat, underarm region, and near the groin.
Prone to Infections: If there is a pesky infection that just doesn’t go away or keeps recurring, pay attention to it. Autoimmune disease symptoms include UTIs, sinus problems, yeast infections and frequent colds, with a longer recovery period.
Sleep Disorders: Insomnia and/or frequent disturbances in sleep patterns are experienced by people with autoimmune problems.
Sudden Changes in Weight: If your weight tends to yo-yo between the 10-15 pound range then you need to see a doctor.
Low Blood Sugar: This is the most common sign of adrenal fatigue and is common in many autoimmune disorders.
Blood Pressure Changes: Fluctuations in heart rate, giddiness and fainting spells can all be examples of unstable blood pressure.
Allergies: Extreme sensitivities to foods, chemicals and environmental factors can be a sign of autoimmune problems.
Poor Digestion: Stomach, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps could all be indicators of Leaky Gut Syndrome, a common autoimmune problem.
Mood Swings and Depression: Extreme changes in mood, anxiety attacks and manic depressive symptoms can manifest due to autoimmune issues.
Memory Issues: Commonly called “brain fog” it is a common autoimmune disease symptom where you may have trouble with short- or long-term memory.
Recurring Headaches: Migraines or severe headaches should trigger warning bells.
Low-grade Fevers: If you feel feverish every day or regularly then you are due a health checkup.
Hormonal Imbalances: This may be a thyroid problems or PMS in women. Conduct tests to check hormone levels.
What are adaptogens and how can they help?
Adaptogen herbs are natural substances that can help your body adapt to environmental stress and combat fatigue because they primarily regulate hormones. They can play an important role as anti-inflammatory agents.
You can add these adapatogenic herbs to your diet as Ayurveda highly recommends treating food as medicine. Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner to understand your symptoms better and get the right recommendation of herbs you can take.
In the meanwhile, aloe vera, holy basil (tulsi), gotu kola, ashwagandha, moringa, bacopa (brahmi) and licorice (mulethi) are powerful adaptogens that you can take as supplements or in your food.