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Autoimmune Disease Lifestyle Tips

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Hard Road to Travel

Some of my earliest memories involve my beautiful mother sitting, painting a product called, “Heet” on her wrists. She was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 19 soon after giving birth to me. Although she suffered immensely her entire life, that dreadful disease did not stop her from living a full and productive life, which says something for her and her doctors.

The day that she was diagnosed, he told her, “Bobbie, there’s not much we can do about this. You have to make up your mind right now that it will not stop you. Do not ever sit down and stay there for long, because if you do, you will spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair and never be independent again.” It scared her and honestly, I almost NEVER saw her sitting down. She got up at 7AM every day and worked like a maniac. Her house was spotless and she looked like a million bucks, always primping and preening and beautiful. She put her make-up on right after her first cup of coffee and proceeded to attack the day. Through the years, she tried several prescription medications aimed at helping RA, but they all made her deathly ill and finally settled in with prednisone being her only relief. While that drug is good for the short-term, the effects of long-term use had some devastating effects. I watched her health deteriorate her whole life until she passed away at age 68 from sepsis brought on by a bone infection from a surgery  that was performed to correct a bone deformity that was so bad that something had to be done. Auto immune disease proved to be fatal in an unexpected way.

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Lifestyle for Autoimmune Disease

While my mother was not at all overweight and adhered to a very restrictive diet, she would not drink water, did eat sugar and was obsessed with what other people thought of her and our family, to the point that if I got into any kind of trouble whatsoever, she could barely hold her head up in public. I have always believed that her lifestyle may have impacted her health in a very negative way.

Human beings have to have water. Adequate intake can help fight inflammation. (1) Sugar is a horribly inflammatory agent and obsession with other people’s opinion will negatively impact you every time. We teach making your world small because you can’t please most people, and constantly trying to please them, will make you produce stress hormones which are also inflammatory.

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Practical Tips  

Autoimmune Disease of all types can be life-threatening and you MUST be under a medical doctor’s care! There are lifestyle changes that may ease some of your suffering. Check with your doctor before making any changes to your daily routine. Autoimmune disease can be exacerbated by drastic changes.

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These tips are the foundation of what we advocate here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. While many people in the Health and Fitness industry come up with ridiculous ideas to lose weight, and supposedly improve health, these basic truths are the foundation of health, vitality and longevity. 






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