Trying to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regimen and active lifestyle are vital to improving our health. But what most people often overlook is the impact of hydration on our body and its role in preventing autoimmune diseases.
Dehydration can result in headaches, cramping and lack of concentration but for patients with autoimmune disorders like Grave’s disease Crohn’s disease, Sjogren’s, Asherson’s Syndrome, POT’s, rheumatoid arthritis the onset of persistent symptoms like dry mouth, dry eyes, stiff joints, muscle aches, and fatigue can significantly degrade their quality of life.
Nearly 50 million or approximately 20 percent of the US population suffers from autoimmune diseases, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA).
While one in five people suffer from autoimmune diseases, women are more likely than men to be affected. Experts estimate that 75 percent of those affected by autoimmune conditions are women.
Dehydration reduces the volume of blood and lymphatic fluids necessary for a healthy immune system response. Together, dehydration and inflammation impair the immune system and can cause chronic autoimmune diseases.
One of the critical challenges with autoimmune disease is that diagnosis is often delayed because symptoms are intermittent and unspecific, making it difficult to diagnose until the condition becomes acute.
And while many patients suffering from the autoimmune disease may have resigned themselves to a lifetime of medications, a lot can be done to prevent and even reverse the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, according to Amy Myers, a medical doctor and New York Times best-selling author.
Here are some health and diet tips that can help prevent and reduce the effects of autoimmune diseases.
Staying hydrated and balancing electrolytes helps to maintain proper immune health for those suffering from autoimmune disorders.
Many patients suffering from autoimmune disease may opt for hydration drinks. But not all drinks maximize absorption, which is the key to preventing dry mouth, dry eyes, fatigue and other symptoms.
The majority of the sports and hydration drinks in the marketplace today don’t contain the right ratio of electrolytes for optimal hydration. For example, sports drinks are made with large amounts of sugar to make them taste good, but the increased amount of sugar increases inflammation in the body and slows down the absorption of water.
Because it’s not just about how much water you take in, and much more about how much water your body absorbs, Hydrus’ nanosome technology allows for absorption to take place at the cellular level. Hydrus gets electrolytes into the bloodstream faster than other rehydration drinks and absorption starts the very second the drink enters your mouth and works at the cellular level to make sure absorption takes place throughout the body’s digestive system.
One of the most common inflammatory ingredients is sugar. Consuming sugary foods and drinks high in carbohydrates can spike inflammation in the body. According to the National Institute of Health, consuming more than two sweetened beverages per day doubles the risk of autoimmune diabetes, and each additional seven-ounce serving increases the odds an additional 15 percent.
Because Hydrus is made to optimize absorption in the human body, it does not have ANY sugar or unnatural ingredients and instead is sweetened with Stevia.
Adopt an anti-inflammatory diet.
A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids, grains, sugars, and other processed and refined carbohydrates increases inflammation in the body. Gluten, dairy, coffee and alcohol can all cause inflammation in the body, which is why it’s essential to avoid foods with sugar, cheese, tea, coffee, and fried and fatty foods.
Consuming a Meditteranean diet full of anti-inflammatory foods such as tomatoes, spinach, kale, collards, olive oil, almonds, walnuts, salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges can help to prevent inflammation