teas for autoimmune disease

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Autoimmune disorders are very difficult to live with. With an autoimmune disorder, the body basically attacks its own cells and organs because it sees them as invading pathogens. Celiac disease, Lupus, and Rheumatoid arthritis are all autoimmune disorders, and they all have one thing in common: inflammation.

When the body attacks itself, it causes a lot of swelling around the part that is being attacked. This swelling is very painful, and it can be both debilitating and immobilizing. Countering the inflammation is the key to reducing pain, so here are a few teas to help you with the swelling caused by your autoimmune disorder:

Green Tea

A study conducted at the Oregon State University found that green tea can help to fight autoimmune disorders. Green tea contains EGCG, a polyphenol that provides dozens of other health benefits. ECGC can influence your immune system, to a certain extent preventing it from attacking your own cells. It can reduce the severity of the autoimmune disorder, though there is no known cure.

Rosehip Tea

Chronic pain can often be caused by inflammatory foods like white sugar, white flour, and artificial foods. Preventing the inflammation is possible thanks to the Vitamin C is rosehip tea, which helps to boost your immune health. Try our Casablanca Fruit Tea for a pain-fighting dose of this important vitamin.

Eucalyptus Tea

The oil of the eucalyptus leaf contains a nutrient called eucalyptol, which has been found to reduce congestion in the lungs and inflammation in the body. Drinking eucalyptus tea will be a good way to get a low dose of this useful nutrient, which will reduce the swelling caused by your autoimmune disorder. You'll love the flavor of our Stimulating Tea, and you'll be glad to know it's got plenty of eucalyptus in it!

Ginger Tea

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory root, as it contains zingerone, an antioxidant that can help to reduce swelling in your throat and lungs. You can drink a cup or two of ginger tea, and you'll find that it can help to relax your muscles and reduce the swelling in your body. Or, try the Ayurvedic Stimulating Tea for a tasty helping of ginger and other herbs!

Tumeric Tea

You may not want to make a tea with only turmeric, as the bright yellow root has a very strong flavor. However, our Stimulating Tea contains the root, which has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic healers to deal with autoimmune disorders. Thanks to the curcumin in the root, you can reduce the inflammation and pain caused by your arthritis, tendonitis, and other autoimmune disorders.

Andy Peloquin