Autoimmune diseases, Autoimmunity

An autoimmune disease is one in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues. Some of the most common autoimmune diseases include arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and possibly inflammatory bowel disease.

There may be a genetic component to autoimmune diseases and they may also be caused by infections and injuries. Stress and emotional factors also seem to contribute. Supporting the immune system through diet and lifestyle is vitally important in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

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