Grijalbo Publishing published the book “When the Body Rebels” by pharmacist and nutritionist Maria Real Capel. This is a book that could interest a growing, unfortunately, proportion of the population, patients who have to fight one of the many diseases called autoimmune diseases.
The title is precisely the central basis of these diseases. The body itself does not recognize a part, function or any item as its own and sends out a host of defenses to combat it. In Spain, these diseases affect one in ten people, that is, 10% of the population suffers from them, which is a fairly high percentage, because it covers a wide range of diseases, it can go unnoticed, but it is evaluated as such. As a whole, it's pretty amazing.
The body attacks and destroys its own structures. They are diseases that are not completely known even from a medical standpoint, which also makes them difficult to treat and cure. Initially, the factors that can cause it are female gender, obesity, viral or bacterial infection, exposure to hormonal fluctuations, vitamin D deficiency, intestinal diseases, not managing stress well, following an unbalanced diet or consuming harmful substances. Symptoms can also be very diverse. Fatigue, hair loss, difficulties concentrating, Raynaud's syndrome that affects the fingers and toes, and intestinal disorders are prominent here.
Some of these diseases are Sjögren's disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, diabetes mellitus 1, psoriasis or scleroderma, among others.
In this book, María Real approaches the spectrum of diseases from a global perspective, explaining the different diseases and their symptoms and, above all, focusing on a series of healthy habits that, although they do not provide a cure, can bring about improvements in symptoms and, above all, quality. Patients' lives, taking into account that many of these diseases cause severe disability.
Therefore, he talks about the relationship between it and the intestinal microorganisms, probiotics and prebiotics; It also introduces the concept of epigenetics, that is, we cannot choose our genetics but we can contribute certain situations to improve it, or at least not make it worse. An important part of the book is devoted to nutrition, necessary and prohibited foods and those that can help improve the general condition of the body beyond the disease, providing specific recipes and also the role of changing certain lifestyle habits may end up being about the general improvement in symptoms.
A very comprehensive and correct book when it comes to having an initial and documented approach to this group of diseases that is increasing in our daily life and which Maria Real presents from a very open perspective, not at all dogmatic and with a clear desire to obtain knowledge and help, showing that some changes are not particularly complex It can be a huge improvement when dealing with and suffering from this group of diseases and living a better quality of life, with energy and knowing what you are really up against.
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