Welcome back to the Master Oh blog. The study of epigenetics has taught us that our genes are not static and often respond to environmental and lifestyle choices.
Amy Myers, functional medicine physician and author, works with her patients to uncover the root cause of their Autoimmune Disease by uncovering these environmental and lifestyle factors. Writing for the Huffington Post, Dr. Myers explains the five common environmental and lifestyle factors she addresses to help restore the balance of the immune systems and in some cases reverse autoimmune disease.
A healthy gut
You will be familiar with the term ‘you are what you eat’, and this is particularly true when you consider that the gut plays a central role in immune system homeostasis. It is the main route of contact with the external environment and is overloaded every day with external stimuli. Some of this stimuli can be dangerous, such as pathogens or toxic substances and others can very useful, such as Food or commensal flora.
Dr. Myers explains that gut cells turn over very quickly, meaning that positive changes to your diet can be seen in as little as thirty days by following the below steps:
- Remove the Bad — Remove inflammatory foods, toxins, and stress that damage your gut, as well as gut infections from yeast, parasites, or bacteria
- Restore the Good — Replenish enzymes and acids necessary for proper digestion
- Healthy Bacteria — Make sure you have plenty of friendly bacteria to support your immune system
- Repair the Gut — Provide the nutrients and amino acids needed to build a healthy gut lining
A number of foods can contribute to leaky gut and inflammation, the obvious being sugar, additives, and preservatives. However, even foods that are considered to be cornerstones of a healthy diet, such as grains, dairy, legumes, eggs, corn, and soy, can also contribute. Gluten in particular is highly inflammatory and can trigger the release of a chemical called zonulin.
To overcome this Dr. Myers suggests rooting out the specific foods that cause inflammation. “If you’re ready to see the change for yourself, try an elimination diet. Just remove all toxic and inflammatory foods for 30 days. Then, after your body has had a break from the constant inflammation and your gut has healed, add foods back in one at a time to see which ones contribute to your symptoms and should be left out, and which ones you do fine with.”
Toxic burden refers to the number of toxins our bodies absorb day-to-day. Between air pollution, water contaminants and food pesticides, our body are barraged on a daily basis. It is often difficult if not impossible to completely isolate yourself from these toxins, particularly if you live or work in a city, but you can take steps to limits the number of toxins you absorb in your home, diet and office.
Dr. Myers explains: “You can prevent or minimize toxin exposure by eating organic foods, minimizing your use of plastic, filtering your air and water, and using toxin-free body products. I realize that we can’t all live in a bubble, so my personal strategy is to keep my home and office as toxin-free as possible, so that I have more leeway when I’m out in the world.”
“The second goal, detoxification, involves supporting your detox pathways by getting plenty of the vitamins and nutrients needed by your liver (where most of your detoxification occurs), staying hydrated, and doing activities to make you sweat, such as exercising or using an infrared sauna.”
There is a well-documented correlation between autoimmune disease and viral and bacterial infections. As yet it isn’t clear how infections cause autoimmune disease, but there is enough evidence supporting a correlation between the two.
Dr. Myers advises that you determine whether you have an undiagnosed infections. “Your doctor can run a blood test to determine if you have any latent infections that might be contributing to your autoimmune disease. If you have a bacterial infection, you can take antibiotics to get rid of your infection. If you have a viral infection you can lighten your viral load by strengthening your immune system to prevent infectious flare ups that can worsen autoimmune conditions.”
The final underlying cause is stress, particularly chronic stress, which has been linked to a number of other health conditions. Dr. Myers explains how stress affects the immune system: “First, it revs up your immune system and produces a wave of inflammation, which makes sense since our immune systems originally evolved to face stressors like attacks, injury, and famine. Then, it suppresses your immune system because your body knows that sustaining a high level of inflammation is dangerous.”
There are a number of ways to relieve stress; this may include meditation, exercise, or any other activity that you enjoy.
Master Oh is a London based energy healer and natural health practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working with the original energy that creates life, which is Qi Energy. Having himself suffered and overcome chronic issues at an early age, he has dedicated his life to sharing his healing method with the world.
He has opened Qi centres in Australia, America and in Europe and is constantly looking to help more people live free from physical, emotional and mental pain. Master Oh believes that by developing our innate good-hearted, generous and compassionate nature we can not only bring health and happiness into our lives, but also bring peace and harmony into our world.
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