Autoimmune Disease Immune Systems
How to boost the immune system is your key to staying healthy, but even more important you will experience fewer colds and viruses that increase your symptoms. People with these diseases experience an overactive system that is attacking their own bodies, and at the same time, your body lacks the ability to fight off potential bacteria such as colds and viruses. With the COVID-19 affecting the entire world right now strengthening your immune system is more important than ever, so this article is going to provide you the best ways to accomplish this naturally.
Are You Taking The Right Vitamins
Most people are naturally low on specific nutrients that they are not absorbing from their foods, so what are the best vitamins for the immune system? You really should be having regular blood work done to determine your levels that are low, so consulting your physician and setting this up if a very important first step I recommend everyone do.
Common Vitamins Most People Need To Supplement
Vitamin D and B12 are the most common ones people will test to be low on through blood work from their physician, so these are the top two most of us need to be adding. Even many people who are considered healthy today are low on Vitamin D and B12, but this can be much more serious for those of you who are living with any type of autoimmune disease.
Let’s Talk About Vitamin D
Our bodies are supposed to produce this vitamin naturally from the foods we consume and also from a hormone our body makes, but what does vitamin d do for the body?
- Bone Health
- Muscle Strength
- Cancer Protection
- Protects Against Heart Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Immune Functioning
- Skin Health
- Possibly Improved Organ Functioning
The recommended dosage for healthy folks is between 600 and 800IU daily, but most of us with autoimmune dysfunctioning require usually at least 1000IU per day. Of course, you don’t know the exact dosage you need without a physician regulating your levels, so again this is very important to have regular blood work to monitor your levels.
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
There are symptoms that can indicate you should consult your physician to be checked on your levels on this important vitamin, so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms regularly it might be a sign you need to set up an appointment with your physician.
- Colds & Viruses Regularly
- Extreme Fatigue
- Feeling Weak
- Achy Bones & Joints
- Unexplained Back Pain
- Slow Healing
- Low Bone Density
- Hair Loss
- Unexplained Muscle Pain
- Weight Gain
These are some of the most important signs you might need to be checked for low vitamin D levels, and it is better to be safe than sorry when all it takes is a simple blood test.
What Are The Best Foods To Add To Your Diet
Many of us with autoimmune disease experience food allergies and food intolerances, so this can have a dramatic impact on if we are able to add enough food that contains vitamin D in our diets or not?
- Cod Liver Oil
- Orange Juice Fortified With Vitamin D
- Beef Liver
- Egg Yolks
- Fortified Cereals
- Swiss Cheese
As for me, I am intolerant to gluten and dairy foods, So this really limits the vitamins and nutrients I am able to receive from the foods in my diet, and I have been taking 1000IU of this vitamin for the most of my life now.
What Can Cause Vitamin D Deficiency
Of course, if you experience certain autoimmune diseases you are at a risk for being deficient and more likely should supplement, but what are some of the reasons so many people are deficient might surprise you.
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chrohn’s Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Weight Loss Surgery
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Elderly Folks Produce Less Vitamin D Than Younger People
- Lack of Exposure to the Sun
- Darker Skin People
- Breast Feeding Babies
- Cholesterol Medications
- Medications for Seizures
- Tuberculosis Drugs
- Some Weight Loss Drugs
- I bet you are surprised by some of the things on this list that could cause you a deficiency, and as the years have gone by I have made a pact with myself not to add any more medications unless it is a matter of life or death. Now I don’t mean you not to take any more medications, I am just sharing with you how I am living my own life now ith autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin D Supplements
Did you ever wonder are the supplements we are taking contributing to weakening our immune system by dependency, I have wondered about this lately from time to time but there is no way for us to really know the answer to this question? There are supposed to better supplements we should be taking, and here is the list provided by medical professionals.
- Carson Labs
- Nature Made
- Nature’s Way
- Nordic Naturals
- Now Foods
- Bladder Blake
- Do Vitamins Daily D
- Peak Performance Advanced D + K
- Health Direction Vitamin D
So this completes my information on vitamin D, and now let’s talk more about B12 since it is another one many of us experience low levels especially with autoimmune disease.
What About B12
Many of us also experience low levels of B12, and this might be more known by more people as being anemic. I have been anemic my entire life, but not until the past 10 years was my condition connected with low B12 levels. When you are deficient in this vitamin your body lacks enough red blood cells, and this condition causes your body not to be receiving enough oxygen to your body tissues and organs. This affects our immune systems to function properly as well and is very common among people who are living with autoimmune diseases.
You will find the majority of people with and without immune dysfunction can experience a deficiency in B12, but some of us are at higher risks than others it is believed so are you one of the people who are at high risk?
- Family Genes
- Stomach / Intestine Surgery
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Chrohn’s Disease
- Some Medications Are Thought Now To Cause Deficiencies
- Vegan Diets
- Celiac Disease
This is only my opinion, but I really feel strongly our processed foods have contributed to our autoimmune diseases, and possibly our vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well. The average family in the United States consumes a higher processed food diet today compared to even ten years ago, and our health has been steadily declining in our country as more processed foods become the majority of our diets.
Could You be B12 Deficient
What are the vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms to watch out for, so here are some symptoms if you are having regularly you should consult your physician to have your levels to be checked.
- Weakness in your Muscles
- Numbness in your Hands
- Feet Numbness
- Tingling Hands
- Feet Tingling
- Loss of your Appetite
- Losing Weight
- Extremely Low Energy Levels
- Fast Heartbeat
Blood work is the only real way to diagnose if your symptoms are coming from low B12 levels known as anemia, and I am always low on energy due to this problem despite I am taking supplements daily.
B12 Diet Plan
Like vitamin D there are foods you should add to your diet to get more B12, but again some of us are very limited what we can eat and supplements are something we can’t avoid adding to our diets.
- Orange Juice
- Romaine Lettuce
- Wheat Germ
- Soy Beans
- Green Leafy Veggies
As for me, I am not able to eat several of the foods on this list, and if you have any digestive issues barley and wheat you really should avoid. I am not able to eat beans since I have had intestine damage in the past which just never completely healed, so I do suggest you pay attention to what you are putting into your body to see if it flares-up any of your symptoms.
Again there are better supplements for you to be putting into your body than others, and here is a list of the best B12 supplements recommended.
- Now Foods
- Nature’s Bounty
- Seeking Health
- Garden of Life
- Kirkland Signature
- Deva Vegan
- Mega Food Vegan
If you are like me you might have noticed the recommended supplements is a little different than Vitamin D, so that really can confuse consumers like you and me thinking all the products from one company is a high-quality supplement. If our lives are not complicated enough with our symptoms, we now have to really research each supplement we need. Why would a company produce a high-quality vitamin D, but not B12 is beyond me?
The Number One Certified Supplement Company In The World
After seeing this difference in both of these lists I have to research another step to find out which company is the most trusted company for me to start purchasing my supplements from, and Nutrilite is considered to be the number one selling vitamin and supplement brand in the world today.
Another Vitamin Important For Autoimmune
I also have added Vitamin C since the COVID-19 virus came into our lives, and in my opinion, this is another important addition to a healthy immune system. I just take those Vitamin C drops every day, and this is an easy way to get more of this into your body. so what does vitamin C do for your body, and by the way you only need one or two vitamin c drops per day.
- Strengthens your Immune System
- Reduces Risks of Chronic Diseases
- High Blood Pressure Management
- May Lower Heart Disease Risks
- Thought to help against Gout Attacks
- Iron Deficiency Protection
- Immune System Booster
- Cognitive Functioning
Even though there is no proof this vitamin prevents you from getting colds and viruses, I do believe when you strengthen your immune system with this vitamin daily you are able to fight off colds and viruses more effectively. Vitamin C is the most underestimated and less used supplement of the three in this article, but possibly one of the most important ones for a stronger and healthier immune system.
How To Boost The Immune System
These three vitamins are recommended by medical experts to strengthen your immune system, but even more important vitamin d and b12 are usually deficient in people with autoimmune disease. I have a few more suggestions to improve the health of your immune system to complete this article today, so I thank you for reading this article and feel free to comment and leave me any questions.
- Avoid Smoking Excessively
- Alcohol in Moderation
- Add More Fruits & Veggies to your Diet
- Manage your Weight
- Make Sleep a Priority
- Anti-Inflammatory Herbs
- Exercise in Moderation
- Cut Back on Processed Foods & Snacks
- Relaxation Techniques & Meditation Daily
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