“Sometimes I worry that my disease will taint their childhoods. Then I think of what my scleroderma can teach them.” Playing games on the floor, bicycle riding, swimming, boating, hiking, running, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, scuba diving, and horseback riding; all activities my kids have asked me to do with them. Oh, how I wish that I could do all
Keeping your blood sugar from spiking and ensuring you have the right mix of fat, fiber and protein at every meal is the guiding light for a good autoimmune diet. It also keeps the hypoglycemia away, which is critical for us autoimmune moms. This handy chart is one of the best I've seen for a quick reference guide - so print it out or bookmark it while
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune disorder of thyroid function, where the patient has lower than normal levels of thyroid hormones (caused by misdirection of antibodies), and is therefore in a hypothyroid state. While thyroid physiology changes quite significantly in normal pregnancies (to accommodate the changing metabolic needs of the mother and fetus), hypothyroid states such as Hashimoto’s, which are
For a long time, I’ve been saying that my health and self-care are my top priorities. It slowly dawned on me, however, that my actions did not match my words. In contemplating the discrepancy, I listed the ways I was putting something else above myself. From that list, I came up with a few key ways to put yourself last.
Are ingredients in processed foods (food additives) a contributor for leaky gut? Food additives have been proposed as a likely culprit in increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome (1). In particular, surfactants/emulsifiers added to food products are known to increase intestinal permeability. Connecting the dots is not difficult when considering that surfactants are used as ingredients in medications to
Will regular exercise reduce my symptoms and flares generally? Exercise can be beneficial for those suffering from autoimmune conditions for several reasons. Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar and weight. Exercise helps increase mental alertness and feelings of well-being and exercise can help to combat fatigue if done carefully. Exercise is very therapeutic in most all cases of autoimmune conditions