Lupus & Other Auto-Immune Conditions – A Naturopathic Perspective

Lupus & Other Auto-Immune Conditions – A Naturopathic Perspective

Auto-Immune conditions such as lupus require balance throughout life.  Medically the options are limited:  harsh medications that don’t actually fix the underlying causes (and clog up the major organs of the body so they’re are more dysfunctional), but there is SO MUCH WE CAN DO to help to balance the body and keep the symptoms as minimal as possible.

1.  Look after your gut: 70-80% of the immune system  is in the gut – Lupus/Auto-immune conditions occur when the immune system is overstimulated into attacking certain tissues of the body.  In other words, the body can think that your skin, or your thyroid, or your ligaments and tendons are a virus or bacteria and then the immune system works hard to kill it!!  That’s why we feel so dreadful when an auto-immune system is in full swing.

Keys to looking after your gut:

Know your allergies/intolerances
Find out if you have DPP4 enzyme deficiencies
Are you gut enzymes working to break down sugars, carbohydrates, proteins and fats?
Is your pancreas balancing your blood sugar on a daily basis?
Has your body dealt with old viruses and viral particles?
Do you have leaky gut/gut permeability?
Is there heavy metal toxicity in the gut, that is shutting down the enzyme release from the gut?
Vitamin D deficiency is one cause of leaky gut – getting some sunshine daily?

2.  Decrease stress in your world: what are your major stress triggers?  Stress is one of the intangible causes of auto-immune conditions.  Stress can shut down your gut, overload your liver, make it really challenging to balance your blood sugar, increase your adrenal stress and shut down your thyroid and so much more.  Stress is huge and finding a way to deal with it daily it crucial with chronic health conditions such as auto-immunity!  Try the following:

Yoga and meditation
Kinesiology balancing to help eliminate old stress patterns and boost immunity
Relaxing Massage has been found to increase feel good hormones and lower pain levels
There are supplements that can be prescribed that help to destress the nerves, balance the hormones, boost feel-good hormones and more
Sleep – a good night sleep is so important to maintain good health, immunity and wellbeing

3.  Full Filter Detox: It is so important to keep your body’s filtering mechanisms as functional as possible throughout life.  The immune system is one of the filters – for the body to kick an auto-immune system into action, our filters can’t have been working properly…  The core filters of the body are the digestive tract (stomach, small intestine, large intestine), liver, immune system (crucial in cleansing the blood every second of every day) and the kidneys.  If these are dysfunctional it’s not hard to imagine our body will be filling up with toxins and our immune system will struggle!

Testing Processes we can do to keep on top of our health:
Live Blood Screenings:
with this fabulous technique we are looking at red and white blood cells – your red blood cells make up 1/4 of all the cells in your body – we can see instantly immune dysfunction, liver stress (fibrinogen), signs of leaky gut, signs of parasites and more…  Just 1 drop of blood.
Urine Tests: Multisticks and Urinary Indicans – these urine tests allow us to find out if we are digesting our proteins, if we have an underlying infection, if our kidneys are fully functional or struggling, if we have too much bad bacteria in the gut and more…  Simple.
Candida and Helicobacter Tests: are there underlying issues such as these causing problems that we don’t even know about?
Kinesiology for allergies/intolerances/energy mismatches/DPP4 enzyme deficiencies – find out what foods should be in your world and what shouldn’t.  There are so many intolerances where the only symptom is the auto-immune condition itself.  We can help you target your diet to be the best it can be.
Insulin Resistance Testing: we are one of the few places who test for insulin resistance.  Doctors check for blood sugar and don’t even think about diabetes until it’s through the roof.  This test finds pre-diabetic conditions early, and then we know how to fix it!

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Brisbane, Australia
3348 6098

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