Autoimmune disease is on the rise, and in the next ten years, it may become the most prevalent disease on the earth. Autoimmune disease is a condition where a person’s immune system starts to attack their healthy tissue which leads to ill-health. It’s debatable why more people are getting an autoimmune disease, and is likely due to eating the western diet, increased daily stressors and impaired digestive health. Still, the real challenge is that there is no cure currently.
Evidence supports that eating a healthy diet and living a better lifestyle can help manage symptoms of these conditions, but is the actual barrier to improving our health the way we think about ourselves?
Our emotional state affects our immune system – 1 minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4 – 5 hours, whereas a minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours.
So, what does this mean for autoimmune disease? Well, the secret to getting better, might be closer than you think, and by using your thoughts, you may be a step closer to outsmarting your disease.
Find beauty in detail
Negative thoughts can make you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections due to their effects on the stress response in your body. In contrast, when you switch to a more relaxed mindset, for example, meditation and yoga practice, this enhances immune function and improves physical health as well as emotional.
If you find yourself in a stressful situation and you need to put yourself at ease, find an object close to you and inspect its detail, to as much minutia as you can. You will be surprised how calm it can make you feel in a short amount of time – an excellent way to switch your body back to its happy place.
Psychoneuroimmunology – the link between our thoughts and physical body
Psychoneuroimmunology is a relatively new area of science which has found fascinating links between the function of the immune system in response to our social interactions, thoughts and behaviours. In autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks healthy self tissue, and research suggests that many people with these conditions have low self-esteem potentially as a result of adverse childhood events. It seems coincidental that a disease known for attacking self tissue is more susceptible in people with self-limiting thoughts.
Outsmarting disease with your mind
It may be hard to comprehend that the way you think about yourself, as well as your state of mind, beliefs and attitude, can create a change in your physiological state. Healing through the mind-body connection has been understood since Greek ancient medicine, so putting more focus on nourishing your mindset, is vital to better health and longevity, and prevention from inflammatory disease.
Studies have shown that negative thoughts, anger and bitterness, can suppress the immune system so that it is not prepared to protect you against infection and may malfunction, leading to autoimmune disease. By breaking free from harmful thinking, you are putting your body in the best place to heal from disease.
Thinking in Autoimmune Disease
The cause of Autoimmune Disease is still not fully understood. Yet, theories of the immune system ‘mistakenly’ attacking self tissue have now progressed, and it seems that toxins are the real cause of these conditions. The immune system is merely doing its job – it removes damaged cells from the body, which have been poisoned by toxins. Toxins may relate to many things such as heavy metals, pollutants, pathogens, and even food particles in a person who has increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”). These theories are all plausible, but what about a toxic mind? Is that the real toxicity in Autoimmune Disease? Could your mindset be preventing you from escaping disease?
Outperform negative thoughts
You may feel that the way you think is who you are, but often you will find that the beliefs you have about yourself are due to life experiences and other people’s judgment of who you are. That is why to overcome negative thinking, you need to explore who you really are and have faith in yourself that you are worth more than your belief currently.
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