What is an autoimmune disorder?
An autoimmune disorder causes your immune system to attack your body’s healthy cells instead of the foreign invaders it was designed to target.
Each autoimmune disorder affects a different part of the body. For example, multiple sclerosis affects the brain and spinal cord, while lupus affects the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, and lungs. Hashimoto’s affects your thyroid gland.
What are my treatment options?
The staff at Sklar Center for Restorative Health take a multifaceted approach to autoimmune treatment, targeting a disorder’s various causes, such as inflammation, toxins, and immune system dysfunction. At the Sklar Center, our objective is to restore your internal balance and enhance your quality of life.
The Sklar Center uses a comprehensive, personalized approach, using a combination of alternative treatments and lifestyle modifications to help manage your disorder. We recommend herbs and supplements to support a healthy immune system and reduce inflammation.
The Sklar Center Team has found that bio-identical hormone restoration can be effective for some autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. We have also found effective ways to treat any underlying inflammation with a variety of natural approaches, including fish oil supplements and curcumin.
What can I do to feel better at home?
Compassionate self-care is a crucial part of your disease management. Treating your body kindly with healthy food, rest, and relaxation helps tame your illness.
A diet rich in unprocessed lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats provides your body with the proper vitamins and nutrients to function at its best. Low-impact exercise is also an effective way to reduce pain and keep your body healthy.
Adequate rest is essential for people with autoimmune diseases, as sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. Proper sleep habits help keep your immune system functioning properly and reduce your stress levels. Research suggests that 7-9 hours of sleep each night is optimal.
Stress and anxiety also contribute to autoimmune disorder flare-ups, so the more relaxation techniques you practice, the better. Deep breathing techniques, calming hobbies, meditation, visualization, and relaxing music slow your nervous system to keep you calm.
Finally, you can track your triggers to learn what makes your symptoms flare up. Some people get triggered by stress or sun exposure, so understanding your triggers can help you defend yourself against flare-ups.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive approach for lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, or another autoimmune disorder, make an appointment today at the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine.