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3 Health Swaps to Fight Disease

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3 Health Swaps to Fight Disease

Research shows that a holistic lifestyle is beneficial to those with autoimmune disease. But let’s be honest: it can be difficult for anyone to keep up a perfectly balanced lifestyle — let alone someone with an autoimmune disease.

It’s great to take steps to find more balance in your life, but sometimes you need to compromise — and that’s okay! Try using one of these three trade-offs that will help you to compensate when you can’t balance it all.

1. Stressed? Get your nutrition together!
Stress is one of the biggest depressors of the immune system and can trigger flare-ups or bad symptoms. When you are stressed, it’s tempting to reach for energy drinks or soda for a quick boost. Keep in mind, however, that caffeine can actually increase your anxiety levels. Since your immune system is already being compromised due to your stress, off-set its effects by nourishing your body with lots of amazing, nutritious foods. If you know that you have a big assignment or deadline coming up, try to “stock” yourself up with the good stuff so that your body has something to fall back on when the deadline gets closer and your stress grows greater.

If you’re anything like me, then thinking about a healthy meal plan when you have a deadline just seems to add to the problem. But instead of giving up and driving straight to your nearest fast food restaurant, think about grabbing some super quick healthy options like hummus, guacamole, smoothies, and trail mix.

Related: 7 Natural Energy Boosters

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Erika Oglesby

Erika Oglesby is a freelance writer and wandering nomad currently located in Grand Rapids, MI. She is dedicated to helping people better their lives through self-knowledge and alternative therapies -- especially women of color and women diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Visit her website at


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11:59AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:07AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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3:00PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Great ideas

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2:44PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

great info thnx!

10:47AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

In "Her Sacred Blessing Cannabis," Biran Sefar talks about cannabis as a healing herb to treat ailments of the mind, body, and the spirit. It is well known to help reduce stress.

8:15AM PST on Feb 2, 2012


a key way to help your body is to use your soul power to help (in addition to positive thinking, healthy nutrition, patience and enthusiasm etc)

"soul mind body medicine" book by zhi gang sha (who is called an "authentic healer" by Larry Dossey on this book) can help as it says how to use body power, mind power, sound power, soul power for preventing illness and healing over 100 illnesses - it may help a bit

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