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Autoimmune diseases are one of the leading causes of suffering in the world.In fact, to put the epidemic into perspective, there are now two times more Americans living with autoimmune diseases than heart disease, according to The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association.

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And yet despite billions of dollars spent on care every year, people are struggling with autoimmune problems more than ever before.The good news is that there is a lot you can do today to take action for your health. Research suggests that genetics account for only about one-third of autoimmune disease factors.

Environmental triggers, diet and lifestyle might be what’s largely responsible — which means you can help balance your immune system, dampen the inflammatory attacks and attempt to put the autoimmune response into remission. As the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.”

The foods we eat instruct and build our biochemistry. And when there is a lack of the nutrients, the genetic switch for autoimmunity is triggered.With that in mind, I’m sharing the top nutrients and corresponding food medicines that I recommend for people struggling with autoimmune conditions:

1.Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for equipping you with a strong immune system. And vitamin A deficiency has also been linked to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. Why? Researchers seem to think it has to do with our dendritic cells.

These alarms of the immune system can send out a “red alert” to stimulate immunity, or a “calm down” message that tones down excessive immunity that can damage the body. The “calm down” message makes use of vitamin A.

Food Medicine: True vitamin A, what’s called retinol, is only found in animal products like fish, shellfish, fermented cod liver oil, liver and butterfat from grass-fed cows.

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