According to the latest data from the American Association of Autoimmune Diseases, 1 in 5 people suffer from some autoimmune disease. A similar picture is presented by the countries of Europe, given that in the last three years after the start of the pandemic, the rise in autoimmune diseases has been shown to affect people of all ages.

Diseases such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, cancer, thyroid gland diseases and neurological diseases have become part of the lives of many people in different parts of the world.

The theories that exist regarding the cause of the occurrence of autoimmune diseases refer to psychosomatic, hereditary and epigenetic factors, viruses, hormonal disorders, toxins, drugs and the wrong diet (processed, far from its original form). In most cases it is observed that the cause is a combination of the above, as a result of which the cells receive repeated negative messages for a prolonged period of time and thus the background of the disease is silently built.

In the recent past, fifty years ago, the occurrence of autoimmune diseases was not as common as it is today. In the intervening time, human life has changed significantly, and so has the composition of the soil that produces food. Physical exercise has been replaced with the computer screen and in place of home-cooked food comes the order of ready-made food, with flavor enhancers and cheap raw materials.

Return to the nature

But apart from the daily changes in the biorhythm, there is a significant change in the desires and priorities that man sets in his life. Relationship with family, simplicity in thinking, children's play in the neighborhood and contact with nature, were part of people's life half a century ago. With the passage of time, the above activities have been overtaken by the pursuit of matter and the world of technology has
significantly modify the character and life of the new generation. The latest data on autoimmune diseases show us that they appear at younger and younger ages.

It is a fact that life expectancy has increased and technology can provide the hands of medical science with important tools, such as specialized tests that help in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. However, this development does not seem to have substantially improved the quality of life, since the majority of people live on medication and only 1 in 20 people are completely healthy.

In recent decades we have observed the flowering of holistic treatment which comes in response to the search of man who wishes to restore his body to its original state of health, using materials from nature's pharmacy, such as herbs, roots, salts, tree barks, rocks , flowers, etc. There are not a few case reports that found a way to restore their health (physical, emotional), after adding exercise to their daily routine and changing their way of eating and thinking. These new habits also strengthened receptivity and resistance to stress.

The human body is an extraordinary creation with amazing self-healing abilities. It constantly interacts with the outside world, even in sleep through the sense of hearing and smell !!

It needs the sun's rays to warm the skin and relax the nervous system and to produce valuable vitamin D. The body
absorbs and processes sunlight through the eyes and the mind is
programmed to feel safe and peaceful in front of the colors of the sunrise. The numerous benefits that the body derives from the sun cannot be replaced by bottles of nutritional supplements. But they can temporarily help replenish important components that the body lacks for its functions. Suffice it to say that for every 4 unit increase in the blood levels of vitamin D in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, the likelihood of relapse is minimized by 12%.

Frequent contact with nature, along with a healthy diet, was among the first tips offered by healers since the time of Hippocrates.

Diet and exercise

Limiting meat consumption and daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is important for the body to receive vital components such as vitamin C, iron, folate, B12 and antioxidants. Particular emphasis is placed on eating foods with a bitter taste, which is considered to be the most healing taste as it promotes the production of bile, facilitates the digestion of fat and removes toxins from the body.

Five important rules that contribute to the perfect combustion of food and the avoidance of undigested mass in the intestine (toxin) are:
1. Food should be consumed hot and in a quiet environment.
2. At the end of the meal the stomach should be kept 1/4 empty to facilitate digestion.
3. Observe compatible food combinations.
4. Meals should be at least 4-5 hours apart.
5. The last meal of the day to be completed at 19:30 – 20:00 pm.

Keeping moving and exercising improves muscle tone, nervous system functions and keeps bone density in good condition. Daily walking and stretching reduce pain, lubricate the joints well and boost good mood.

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