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Autoimmune Triggers to Avoid a Flare

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Do you know what the autoimmune triggers are to avoid a flare?

The immune system can be so touchy and isn’t just triggered by certain foods.

There are many things you may not have thought of that could potentially trigger your immune system causing a flare in your autoimmune symptoms.

Autoimmune disease is simply the body attacking itself. It can come in many forms such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Celiac disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis just to name a few.

There is even talk about categorizing migraines as an autoimmune disease, which makes sense to me as someone who gets migraines.

With over 50 million Americans dealing with autoimmune diseases, something must be done to stop this immune system confusion.

If you are suffering, there are things you can avoid to lower your symptoms.

When you have an autoimmune disease it can leave you feeling like you are tiptoeing through life, or walking on eggshells so you don’t do or eat something to cause a flare. 

I’m going to go over a few areas I have noticed that cause autoimmune triggers you may not think of. 

Autoimmune Triggers to Avoid a Flare

Stress can cause Autoimmune Triggers to Flare

“Exposure to a stress-related disorder was significantly associated with increased risk of subsequent autoimmune disease.” (source)

In this study, it was found that people who have stress-related disorders or have traumatic events that are very stressful have a high chance of developing an autoimmune disorder within a year. 

Stress does seem to contribute to autoimmune problems and it can also lead to a flare.

Anytime your body perceives stress it turns on the fight or flight mode. 

This causes the adrenal glands to release adrenaline putting your body on high alert.

What a great advantage to have this fight or flight if you are being chased by a bear…but rarely we are.

It’s so easy to take on stress from everyday life and worry about the smallest things.

Handling stress well will allow your nervous system to stay calm making it easier to heal and relax.

I know from personal experience how stress can be autoimmune triggers and cause an increase in symptoms. 

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Not Sleeping Enough

Have you ever had one of those nights when you were up the majority of the night?

Maybe you have young children or had a family emergency?

Did you feel like crap the next day?

It’s normal to feel bad after an all-nighter but for those with an autoimmune disease, it can be especially tough.

Nighttime is when your body relaxes and repairs and even works on healing. Staying up all night doesn’t give you that healthy reset and can trigger that fight or flight mode.

I’ve noticed it can take days to recover from a bad night of sleep.

I can be left with migraines, hair loss, achy joints, and new eczema spots just from not sleeping.

If you have an autoimmune disease you need to be mindful how not sleeping or dramatically changing your sleep pattern can cause an autoimmune flare.

Sunshine

If you know me…you know I am a huge supporter of sunshine on your skin. 

That being said, if you are not used to the sun and you step outside for the first time in weeks…it can cause an autoimmune flare.

Sunshine can release histamine in the body and give you a headache and other autoimmune symptoms. 

I DO think sunshine is vital for health but please increase your sun exposure slowly so you can adjust.

It’s never good to stay inside for weeks at a time and think you can just sunbathe for hours after that.

Try to get 5 minutes of sunshine a day and slowly increase it as the week’s progress. 

Your Monthly Cycle

Yes, this is truly unfair. Your monthly menstrual cycle can cause an increase in autoimmune symptoms.

There are studies that connect increased estrogen to increased autoimmune symptoms. This doesn’t mean it is an issue for all women but there seems to be an increase in symptoms at certain stages in the monthly cycle.

It’s also twice as common for women to get autoimmune diseases than it is men. 

Many women have reported autoimmune flare symptoms during the start of their menstrual cycle or right before.

It’s good to be aware of these days so you can take other precautions like avoiding stress and eating well so you can compensate for those wacky hormones.

Dehydration

If you are low on water, it can increase your chances of having an autoimmune flare. 

Water is vital to keeping your body free of toxins, digesting food properly and balancing out chemicals. 

Did you know histamine is water-soluble? So are many other stress chemicals and hormones. 

You can actually reduce these chemicals and hormones by drinking lots of water.

Staying hydrated is so important to avoid autoimmune triggers.

I remember when I was pregnant and in pre-term labor, I could slow contractions down by drinking tons of water because oxytocin is water-soluble. It really does work! 

Eating Sugar

Will this really make an impact on the autoimmune flare symptoms? 

Yes! Sugar causes inflammation which is so hard on the body but especially for those with autoimmune symptoms. 

It also may cause candida and bad bacteria to overgrow in the gut making leaky gut worse.

When you have an autoimmune disease you need to be repairing your gut and calming your immune system and sugar will do neither.

There is just no benefit to eating sugar. It holds no nutritional value and spikes blood sugar levels which increases insulin. 

It’s time to kick sugar to the curb for good.

You can learn more about an autoimmune diet here. 

Avoiding Autoimmune triggers can be extremely helpful but at some point, you will be needing to repair your gut health so you can work on reversing autoimmune disease altogether. 

You can’t tiptoe through life forever trying to dodge your symptoms.

I’ve found the Autoimmune Elimination Program to be so helpful in repairing the gut and turning off that autoimmune response. 

It contains meal plans and videos to get your symptoms down and start fixing the root problem. 

With weekly shopping, meal planning, and email support from Dr. Jockers, you don’t have to let the autoimmune disease rule your life anymore.

Head on over to the Autoimmune Elimination Program to get started. 

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