Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease, with symptoms of weakness and fatigue of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body, in particular, the eye muscles, the face and throat muscles, as well as muscles in the arms and legs. Oddly enough, after periods of rest, some of the symptoms may improve. Having said that, myasthenia gravis affects the way of everyday living, such as vision, facial expression (facial muscles), breathing, talking, chewing and swallowing, as well as body movements.
Myasthenia gravis is only one of the many autoimmune diseases affecting humans. At present, the medical community is still very much uncertain about how an autoimmune disease may develop in an individual, although there is increasing evidence linking environmental agents to autoimmune diseases. These environmental agents include infectious agents, such as viruses, pharmaceutical and chemical agents, heavy metals, dietary factors, as well as a number of biological agents, including the genetic factor.
The human immune system is complicated, and, as such, affects the whole body system in many different ways. A healthy immune system protects the body, while an impaired immune system opens the door to diseases and viruses. It is, therefore, important to have a healthy immune system, without which the body’s own innate self-healing mechanism may become dysfunctional. It is believed that an autoimmune disease is caused by a dysfunctional immune system attacking the body system, instead of attacking external invaders into the body.
The first step to protect the immune system is to detox the body. You may have a toxic body when you often experience fatigue, headache, insomnia, indigestion, and all types of physical pain. Even if you do not have those symptoms, strengthening the immune system will reduce many of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.
Some of the top detox foods to help the immune system help myasthenia gravis are as follows:
Seaweed: It contains high doses of minerals, such as calcium, iodine, iron, and magnesium, which bind with radioactive wastes from polluted soils and waters, according to research at McGill University in Canada. Seaweed is an inexpensive sea vegetable. Use seaweed in soup.
Avocado: It is rich in glutathione antioxidant, which is effective in removing toxins from too much alcohol consumption. Eat an avocado for breakfast; it is filling and saves you time.
Kiwi fruit: Like avocado, kiwi fruit is loaded with glutathione. In addition, it is rich in vitamin C. It is a powerful antioxidant to protect the immune system.
Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. There is truth in that: apple is a powerful antioxidant and toxin remover due to its vitamin C and its fiber, pectin. Eat an apple everyday to keep your immune system healthy.
Beet: It contains methionine, which purifies natural waste products from the body. Beet has been used for centuries to purify blood. Make beet juice with carrot, or eat it raw in a salad.
Garlic: It contains allicin, which is a potent purifier of mercury and other toxic chemicals found in food additives. In addition, garlic alkalizes the body, making it more efficient in resisting disease. Put crushed garlic in all your cooking. If you wish to remove the odor from the breath due to garlic, chew some fresh parsley for a fresher breath.
Artichoke: It increases bile production to facilitate bowel movement. Steam artichoke and serve with meted butter.
Watercress: It increases detox enzymes. Watercress is especially effective in removing carcinogens from smokers, according to a UK study. Steam or put watercress in soup.
Cruciferous vegetable: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and spinach are all effective in enhancing the liver in its production of enzymes for digestion and elimination. Eat them as much and as often as you can, either cooked or raw.
Strengthening the immune system is better than taking medications to deal with a compromised immune system.
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