Why nourishing your nervous system is so important for autoimmune recovery

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Why nourishing your nervous system is so important for autoimmune recovery

Most chronic illnesses, including autoimmune conditions such as Alopecia Areata, are related to a malfunction somewhere in our extremely complex network of immune system and the vital body systems around it. I recently came across a number of studies that point to a direct link between our nervous system and our immune response, including the mechanism on which our immune system turns against itself, as[...]

Medicinal mushrooms for your immune system: What you need to know

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Medicinal mushrooms for your immune system: What you need to know

Medicinal mushrooms are distinguished for containing various polysaccharides, which are compounds that have been shown to have a direct impact on the human immune system. Polysaccharides are found in animal products as well as in plant foods, however polysaccharides in plant foods, especially certain kinds of mushrooms -- often called medicinal mushrooms -- are more pure and abundant than those found in animal products. Most[...]

Why hair growth vitamins don’t help with Alopecia Areata

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Why hair growth vitamins don’t help with Alopecia Areata

For a good part of my daughter's alopecia journey, especially in the early days, I had come across a number of hair growth vitamins that claim to help promote hair growth. Even though I always had my doubts about the vitamins, I went ahead with one particular hair growth vitamin after searching high and low. I didn't know of a better choice then, and I[...]

How to eat healthy as your first step toward Alopecia recovery

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How to eat healthy as your first step toward Alopecia recovery

How to eat healthy has become somewhat confusing and overwhelming these days, as every one tries to weigh in on the topic with conflicting theories about what's healthy and what's not. Getting solid nutrition from a variety of wholesome foods every day lays the foundation for a healthy immune system, which in turn is key for most health issues we face today. However, eating healthy[...]

What your doctors can and can’t do when it comes to Alopecia Areata

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What your doctors can and can’t do when it comes to Alopecia Areata

In the first 3 years of our Alopecia journey, we have consulted with six doctors in Australia and Canada. In this post, I'm going to share our experience with each doctor consultation, what you can expect from your doctors, and what they can and can't do when it comes to Alopecia Areata, or any autoimmune disorder. The different doctors we've consulted about Alopecia Areata In[...]

The limitations of Autoimmune Diet (AIP Diet) for autoimmune Alopecia

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The limitations of Autoimmune Diet (AIP Diet) for autoimmune Alopecia

The Autoimmune Diet Protocol, also known as AIP Diet, is a restrictive diet plan that claims to "help heal the gut and the immune system" through the elimination of many foods that are thought to cause inflammation in the gut, which in turn is thought to "cause autoimmune diseases". In this post, I share my views of the Autoimmune Diet Protocol or AIP Diet, and[...]

How to resolve autoimmune disease with immune modulation

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How to resolve autoimmune disease with immune modulation

Our immune system is the primary defense mechanism which works tirelessly to protect us from all sorts of illnesses and diseases. Autoimmune disease occurs when our immune system attacks healthy cells in our body by mistake. In the case of Alopecia Areata, our immune system attacks our hair follicles. All forms of Alopecia Areata treatment available today focuses on treating the symptoms, but they don't[...]

How to protect our immune system with Nutritional Immunology

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How to protect our immune system with Nutritional Immunology

The founding principle of Nutritional Immunology is that the things you eat have a direct effect on your level of health. Our immune system is the body’s first defense mechanism against hostile forces that cause a multitude of health problems. That's why it's important to make sure it’s as strong as possible. The foods we choose to eat should provide our bodies with the best[...]

Will going gluten free help with hair loss and Alopecia Areata?

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Will going gluten free help with hair loss and Alopecia Areata?

We set out to experiment if going gluten free will help reduce hair loss related to Alopecia Areata. As no one has been able to tell us what exactly causes my daughter's hair loss and Alopecia, I looked at several studies that examine the link between gluten and celiac disease with Alopecia Areata, and think going gluten free may be worth a try. We're learning[...]

5 reasons why SOY is an important food to improve Alopecia and promote hair growth

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5 reasons why SOY is an important food to improve Alopecia and promote hair growth

Wholesome soy is a complete food and has long been recognised for its wide range of health and nutritional benefits, including generally improving the immune system, reducing blood cholesterol levels, and lowering risks of heart disease. In this post, I explore a number of studies that looked into how wholesome soy contributes to promoting hair growth and slowing down the rate of hair loss in[...]