"Easy as Pie" Method EASES Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriasis always remind me of an old biblical saying:
“Every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Because when you have one of these conditions, your body is essentially attacking itself.
For reasons we don’t entirely understand yet, when you develop an autoimmune disease, your body’s natural defense system kicks into overdrive.
In a desperate effort to protect you, it starts wildly lashing out. And in the chaos, it mistakes normal, healthy cells for foreign ones and attacks them, damaging healthy tissue.
In the end, your “divided house” has trouble standing. And you’re left feeling exhausted and sick.
But it turns out there’s something surprising that could help. Researchers found that a simple baking spice could contain the olive leaf needed to restore peace to your “at war” body.
And it’s easy as pie to get started.
If you like to bake, there’s a good chance you already have ginger on your spice rack. And if you’re a bit of a gourmet, you may even keep some fresh ginger root on hand!
Now a University of Michigan study has revealed that the same delicious spice featured in your favorite dishes could hold the key to easing the impact of autoimmune diseases.
The main compound of ginger root, 6-gingerol, can powerfully counteract a mechanism that fuels certain autoimmune diseases.
To test the power of ginger, researchers gave the compound to mice afflicted by lupus.
And they found something interesting.
Your immune system produces cells called neutrophil extracellular traps (or NETs). NETS typically protect against infection. But in the case of autoimmune disease, in a body that’s attacking itself, they cause damage like blood clotting or worse.
But when the lupus-afflicted mice were given 6-gingerol, the number of NETs in their systems plummeted.
Since ginger reduced NETs, one of the researchers even suggested it could eventually help autoimmune disease patients get off blood thinners.
It looks like ginger is a great place to start if you have an autoimmune disease. But I wouldn’t stop there. I recommend taking some other steps to support a healthy immune system.
And since most of your immune cells are located in your gastrointestinal system, you’re will want to focus on your gut to do that.
Here’s how to get started:
- Probiotics are the easiest path to a healthy digestive system. I prefer a probiotic product containing prebiotic fiber alongside the good bacteria.
- Fiber doesn’t only help with regular bowel movements. It feeds your good bugs, stimulating healthy bacterial growth. I suggest getting a good mix of water-soluble and insoluble One of my favorites is ground flax seeds.
- Processed foods are full of inflammatory oils, added sugars, preservatives, and other chemicals that can harm gut bacteria. Do what you can to limit these non-foods in your diet.
- Exercise might seem like a strange place to focus if you want to support your digestive tract. But studies show it enhances the number and variety of beneficial bacteria in your gut.
P.S. Fighting autoimmune disease isn’t the only trick ginger has hiding up its sleeve. The spice packs a potent healing punch. Click here to discover the OTHER surprising health benefits of ginger.
“Antineutrophil properties of natural gingerols in models of lupus,” JCI Insight, Open Access, 10.1172/jci.insight.138385
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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