An autoimmune disease epidemic is gripping America right now! Autoimmune diseases have increased three times over the last 50 years and now, affects around 50 to 75 million Americans. It is now the 3rd leading chronic illness in the U.S., following heart disease and cancer. And it accounts for a tremendous US$100 billion in healthcare costs annually.

Aside from the increasing incidence of autoimmune diseases in the population now is the difficulty of diagnosing this disease. Normally, you will need to consult an average of five to six doctors and five years of consultations to be able to diagnose an autoimmune disease. Often, the patient doesn’t know he/she has an autoimmune disease and might live with it for years, even decades until diagnosis.

One of the many reasons why it takes some time to diagnose an autoimmune disease is that there are many varieties of it, such as Hashimoto’s, type 1 diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, Graves’ Disease, Sjogren’s, etc. Each specific disease has many types of symptoms that make it difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat.

What causes Autoimmune diseases?

Although there are many varieties of autoimmune diseases affecting many body parts and tissues, there is one common factor among them – all of them is an immune response that leads the body to attack itself. What this means is that your immune system has an advanced system for keeping the body safe by identifying all foreign substances or agents that enter your body or that you come into contact with. When your immune system finds something dangerous, it will produce antibodies to keep the harmful attackers at bay.

Unfortunately, when your body is working too hard to defend itself against something potentially dangers, such as a toxin, infection or food, and fails to distinguish between the intruder and parts of your body, it turns those antibodies against you, mistakenly attacking your own bodily tissues and organs instead of the invaders, and generating a whole set of symptoms.

The Top 12 Signs that You Are Suffering from an Autoimmune Disease

Check out if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a combination of them:

* Recurring hives or rashes, a butterfly-shaped rash on your cheeks or across the nose

* Muscle pain or weakness, joint pain, or a tremor

* Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands

* Heat intolerance, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, or insomnia

* Mouth ulcers, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or blood or mucus in the stool

* Weight gain or cold intolerance

* Feeling tired or fatigues

* Dry mouth, eyes, or skin

* Difficulty focusing or concentrating

* Several miscarriages or blood clots

* White patches on your skin or inside your mouth

* Hair loss

The Causes of Autoimmunity and How to Reverse it

Although it has been accepted as true that genetics causes autoimmune diseases, studies in recent times showed that 75% of the cause is environmental in nature – which means a lot of the cure depends really on YOU! The good thing about this is that if your autoimmune disease is caused by environmental factors, you can REVERSE that prognosis using simple dietary and lifestyle changes.

A specialist in autoimmune diseases, Dr. Amy Myers, identifies five environmental factors that cause autoimmune diseases. These are:

* Leaky Gut (a condition by which your intestines don’t produce the enzymes needed for optimum digestion; the result is the body can’t absorb important nutrients leading to a weakened immune system and hormonal imbalances)

* Toxins

* Diet

* Infection

* Stress

All autoimmune diseases are a problem of the immune system. By solving the root causes of the disease mentioned above, you can fix your immune system and restore its functions.

So, do you have an experience battling an autoimmune disease? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments below!