How to Overcome Autoimmune Disease

How to Overcome Autoimmune Disease

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of In this video, I’m going to do an advanced
training on how to overcome autoimmune disease. I’ll talk about my five steps to overcome
autoimmune disease with natural treatments, diet, supplements, essential oils and much,
much more in this training video. First off, autoimmune disease can affect many
different area of your body. Conditions such as lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid
arthritis, different types of inflammatory bowel disease–all of these issues can be
connected to autoimmune disease. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can affect your thyroid
and many other tissues and organs. What happens in autoimmune disease is your
body’s own immune system starts to attack your own cells and tissues. So, what we have to do in order to beat and
reverse autoimmune disease is we have to reduce inflammation and help modulate and balance
out your body’s immune response. The number one step to start overcoming autoimmune
disease is to remove certain things from your diet. So, foods that cause an inflammatory reaction
. . . I really believe 100% of autoimmune disease starts in your gut lining with a condition
called leaky gut. That occurs when you have microscopic holes
in your gut lining. Imagine your gut lining as a net in between
your intestines and your bloodstream. Well, that net can get rips and tears in it
to where then certain things such as gluten, toxins, bad bacteria get into your bloodstream
over time if they stay in there. Your body will not only attack them. Often times it will start to affect and attack
the other tissues and cells within your own body. So, number one step is reduce the intake of
foods that cause inflammation. Number one is going to be sugar. If you’re consuming processed sugar, it causes
the overgrowth of yeast in the body, which actually eats away at the gut lining causing
leaky gut, which in turn causes autoimmune disease over time. Number two, hydrogenated oils or consuming
too many omega-6 fatty acids. That causes inflammation in the body. Also gluten and casein, so consuming wheat,
bread and dairy products on a regular basis will absolutely cause inflammation in the
body. Last but not least, over-consuming grains,
and I’m talking about even whole grains, can cause inflammation in your body. So, for a time, if you have autoimmune disease,
one of the big things you typically want to do is go grain-free for a period of time or
at least consume grains that have been sprouted and slow-cooked for a long time like a wild
sprouted rice that you cook and make into kanji. That’s okay for some people but in general
with autoimmune disease, you want to go grain free for a time. And then last here, any additives–food colorings,
artificial sweeteners, any type of packaged food–you typically want to stay away from
or processed food or fast foods with autoimmune disease. The key there is reducing inflammation. Then what we want to do step number two is
we want to transform your diet and start consuming foods that help heal your cells and tissues
and help reduce inflammation. The number one food group is going to be cooked
vegetables. With autoimmune disease, you typically don’t
want to do a lot of raw foods. That might surprise you, but a lot of raw
vegetable juices or raw salads or raw broccoli, things like that, those are hard to digest
and hard for those with leaky gut, which can contribute to autoimmune disease. So, a lot of cooked vegetables in your diet
such as cooked spinach, carrots, celery, any type of cooked vegetable is great with autoimmune
disease. Number two is fruit, specifically berries
and fruits that are easy to digest, such as pears, also fruits with enzymes in them such
as kiwis, figs, papaya, pineapple, but again, fruit in moderation. You don’t want to go overboard because of
too much sugar, but one to two servings of fruit a day is okay. The next food, number three, is going be wild
caught meats such as grass-fed beef, organic chicken and turkey, and wild caught fish like
salmon. In fact, wild caught fish like salmon might
be the most beneficial because they’re high in a type of omega-3 fatty acid called EPA
and DHA, which naturally reduce inflammation within the body. The fourth superfood you want to be getting
in your diet to help fight autoimmune disease is get bone broth. Bone broth might be the most beneficial of
all foods. It contains the amino acids proline, glycine
and l-glutamine which help repair the gut lining healing leaky gut, which is going to
stop things like gluten and these other factors getting in, causing an immune reaction. Again, bone broth is incredibly beneficial. Number five, get more healing herbs in your
diet such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, rosemary and any type of herb. Again, most of these herbs really help support
the body in the natural healing process. Those are going to be the most beneficial
foods for you if you’re struggling with autoimmune disease. Last I’ll say also getting some probiotics
can be good. But here’s an idea meal for those with autoimmune
disease is a big bowl of bone broth soup. Think chicken broth, chicken, celery, onions,
carrots, maybe a little bit of ginger or turmeric in there. Drinking bone broth on a daily basis is so
beneficial. One more food that I wanted to mention here
is coconut products. Coconut oil should be your go-to cooking oil
if you’ve got autoimmune disease and of course avocados and olive oil and ghee, those are
good as well, coconut oil, though, one of the best. So, again, a diet that’s high in cooked vegetables,
fruits, wild meats, and bone broth should be the diet you follow. Step number three in overcoming autoimmune
disease is you want to take the right supplements. The most beneficial supplements, number one
is probably going to be a bone broth powder. You can get bone broth in powder form, add
it to a smoothie, do bone broth daily as a powder, also collagen powder or collagen protein
supplement, a scoop of that a day is very beneficial as well. The next thing I would say would be probiotics. Probiotics help support the immune system. They help again modulate the immune system,
which helps autoimmune disease. So, getting probiotics, typically 50 billion
IUs twice daily is key. Also look out for probiotics that have soil-based
organisms. SBOs are great as well. Then I would say take an omega-3 supplement
like a fish caviar supplement or something like a fish oil or cod liver oil, but 1,000
milligrams twice a day of an omega-3 supplement is very beneficial and the next thing I would
say here are digestive enzymes, taking digestive enzymes with your meal can help reduce inflammation
and ease your body in the digestive process. I would say those are the most beneficial
supplements for naturally combating autoimmune disease. The next thing here, step number four is use
essential oils. Essential oils are fantastic. One of my favorite essential oils for autoimmune
disease is Roman chamomile oil. Roman chamomile can help bring down cortisol
levels, helps relax the body, reduces stress on the body, so chamomile, diffusing that,
rubbing a few drops, putting it on your neck. Chamomile is one of the best for autoimmune
disease as are frankincense and myrrh. Let’s say you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
or rheumatoid arthritis in a specific area. What I would do is do two drops of myrrh,
two drops of frankincense and rub it directly on the area. A few other oils that can be beneficial, another
couple of favorites of mine are lavender oil and ylang-ylang. Lavender oil and ylang-ylang both help improve
your mood, help lower cortisol, reduce stress on the body and the essential oil thyme oil
(that’s T-H-Y-M-E, thyme). Thyme oil is also beneficial. All of those oils are some of my favorites
for naturally fighting autoimmune disease. Use those daily. The last step here for fighting autoimmune
disease–incorporate techniques into your week that help you naturally reduce stress. So, for some people it might be practicing
exercise such as yoga, Pilates or barre, doing things that help with your deep breathing,
that helps with the immune system and helps your body reduce stress. Doing a spiritual triathlon in the morning
where you wake up and for five minutes you get grateful, for five minutes your read a
Bible or devotional for five minutes, you spend in prayer or praise. But again, spending some time reading, again,
something spiritually uplifting and growth is great. Last but not least–here’s what I’m going
to challenge you to do–take a healing bath at night. Those essential oils I talked about do about
ten drops in a bath with one cup of Epsom salts. They’re loaded with magnesium. Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral. So, again, soaking three days a week with
essential oils and Epsom salts or magnesium oil, soaking in a nice warm to hot bath and
just winding down. Part of the key to overcoming autoimmune disease
is taking care of stressful emotions and just unwinding. So, again, exercise, a healing bath, working
on spiritual growth and just scheduling you time, time where you get to do lunch with
a best friend or go on a walk or just do your favorite hobbies, make sure you incorporate
those into your weekly schedule. If you follow my five steps of removing toxic
foods, adding an anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, taking supplements that help heal
leaky gut, taking essential oils that reduce stress and transforming your lifestyle, you
follow those five steps and you’re going to see great results in overcoming autoimmune
disease. Guys, by the way, if you want to learn more
about how to naturally heal with remedies, make sure you subscribe here to my YouTube
station. Also, I’ve got an advanced article on autoimmune
disease. If you want to know even more in-depth information,
just search my name on Google, “Dr. Axe autoimmune disease,” and you’ll find a lot more there. So, guys, hey thanks for watching. This has been me, Dr. Axe, talking about natural
treatments for autoimmune disease.


  • Jen Duarte says:

    What is an alternative to bone broth for those of us who are vegan? Thank you!

  • Jen Duarte says:

    What is an alternative to bone broth for those of us who are vegan? Thank you!

  • Adrienne M J says:

    How do I use the oils that you're talking about? When do I get the oils?

  • p larkin says:

    First…stop eating gluten!

  • Helena Hayes says:

    NO NO NO NO NO – Bone broth gave me lupus and all my other autoimmune diseases. Heavy metals deposit in the animal bones, and when you boil them up to make bone broth, they are all released. I was really sick and in a lot of physical discomfort. It stopped pretty much overnight once I stopped drinking bone broth which I consumed for a year. I was still in bad shape so I had a hair tissue analysis which confirmed that I was so full of tin that it went off the chart. There was nothing wrong with me before I started consuming bone broth. Now I'm on a disability pension. Use glutamine powder instead of bone broth to heal leaky gut,

  • Priscy Prado says:

    Thank you so much ! This video is one of the most complete ones I've watched. You mentioned everything in a smart way. Great video!

  • hlb0111 says:

    I hate bone broth. Every brand ive tried tastes terrible

  • UrbanExplorer1000 says:

    this guy is an idiot

  • Ivan Ivanov says:

    10 minutes wasted. Complete nonsense. I tried all of that and it just does not work.

  • Erzsebet Deer says:

    You are so lovely Dr Josh Axe

  • D Long says:

    Dr.Axe, can a person buy bone broth and then add vegetables to it to make like a vegetable soup?

  • Lyn Thompson says:

    Is he talking about a Keto diet? Sounds like it.

  • Aly says:

    I don’t know what I have but my face swells at least once a week

  • Rico702Vegas says:

    Why would I eat cooked vegetables with all the nutrients heated out of them? Not exactly how God planned it.. Here: here's the food I created for you but you'll have to burn'em em first. Ridiculous.. Otherwise I really like your information and channel.

  • Graeme Williams says:

    Give us the name of ONE of your success stories ? Methinks you are a clickbait bandit.

  • Muhammad Jahid Kabir says:

    I am 31 and suffering from alopecia areata problem for one year on my face. The doctor gave me cortisol injection 4 times in 4 months. Hair came back but after 4/5 months hair is being removed again. I would really appreciate if someone can help me.

  • Poonam Doultani says:

    I am suffering with auto imnune disease myasthenia gravis fro m 5 yearrs.Send me natural remedies pls .

  • Jeremy Neutron says:

    Please STOP recommending irritating essential oils to the public. Oils like lavednar and myrrh are highly irritating. They frowned upon in dermatology.

  • WEUNITE says:

    I just met a 25 year old woman who was diagnosed with Polymyositis when she was 20 after a series of vaccines in the Military. Apparently this could be more common than we know as they went so far as to do a study on military personnel having Polymyositis. It is a side effect of the Hep B vaccines as well as other ones. This lady went through major rehab and cleaned up her diet and is doing very well now. She stopped taking the medication 6 months in without telling the doctor cause she knew it would make her worse ultimately.

  • Andrew Myatt says:

    I was diagnosed in 2013 with Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease, I am 27 and have had TSH levels reach as high as 646.0, currently my TSH is 307.0. I am in need of utmost importance of information on what I can assist in natural resources along with 200mcg of Synthroid.

  • angel angel says:

    I have r.a positive n ma elbows fingers are deformated Wat to do

  • angel angel says:

    Yes i have thyriod rhumetoid arthritis deformations of joints ovary cyst uterine fibroids I m dieing plz help me wat to do.

  • Esraa Al Shamolly says:

    Thanks from egypt

  • martha black says:

    Problem with coconut oil is heart disease

  • Grass Hopper says:

    Would this videos info help with Guillain-Barré syndrome?

  • Nuss Yiru says:


  • strawberrychase cake says:

    i was diagnosed with lupus when i was 15 years old.. and now i am 27.

  • Pamela Oviahon says:

    Any suggestions about polymyositis? My huni suffers DAILY with this degenerative disease. Thanks.

  • Great Quotes Daily says:

    Thanks Doc!

  • royland walker says:

    Man you are awesome 😃🤗👍

  • Luda Khomich says:

    Dr.JoshAxe which one in particular bone broth do u recommend? Thank u in advance!


    I’m allergic to bone broth and pretty much everything you’ve talked about other than plain cooked vegetables. I’m lost. I brought Gut Health from your suit as well as bone broth protein collagen powder thank you I don’t think I take them in moderation but I still break out., I’m lost

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  • Aparna Chegu says:

    Lichen planus can be cured ?

  • Aparna Chegu says:

    Can you make video on lichen planus ?

  • medronhos says:

    That's exactly the way i am getting better, after more than 2 years of effort. It takes a lot of discipline, money, study, time, but It is indeed possible. Courage to everyone! <3

  • medronhos says:

    Dr. Axe should be knighted : )

  • Sachit Shetty says:

    take my money!!!


    is vitiligo covered in this ?

  • Michelle Farrar says:

    What about raw vegetables made up as juices…?

  • Michelle Farrar says:

    What are your thoughts on a Prebiotic as well as a Probiotic?

  • SuperDan says:

    Turmeric 100% should be on the list <3 lol Great video though. I noticed my gums were peeling a few days ago, its really wierd. I thought it was my toothpaste or mothwash, but I changed and still happened. So I think I have this cuz my tailbone / hips get sore easily after working out

  • Maximus Rapturous says:


  • Deana Rodriguez says:

    Sjorgens disease
    Thank you. 🤗

  • Jen Jayne says:

    I have Lichen Sclerosus hashimoto's thyroid, pcos. yay go me. Dr. Axe you are so knowledgeable thanks for education me.

  • Haider Khwaja says:

    I need help

  • c divya says:

    Hi dr.axe, please collect some info on vitiligo and how to cure it

  • Zach Hutchins says:

    Where the hell do I get bone broth?

  • Christine Brown says:

    Thanks Doc. Gonna give it a whirl. Sounds like pretty sound advice.

  • aurora tuazon says:

    Hi dr. Axe. I was diagnosed from.hashimoto thyroiditis 2017, I am from the Philippines and our main food here is rice. So means, i need to avoid rice because rice is a family of grains?.and how many mcg of B12 need to take per day? PLEASE HELP!!!!!

  • Reece Raymond says:

    I am suffering from Pumphigus Vilguarus. The hospital treatment steroids and mofitel is not helping. I getting flares daily. I don’t know what to do please help

  • Maggie Nunez says:

    I have Sjogren's syndrome and Osteoarthritis with Autoimmune disease this video is very important and helpful thank you for posting..

  • Angela Saiza Starling says:

    Please add POTS to your discussion of autoimmune conditions. Thanks.

  • AS W says:

    Coconut- cholesterol high now.

  • AS W says:

    So many of these things are high in histamine though?

  • Grace Espos says:


  • Margrett Andrews says:

    Great information. Remember when he says coconut oil he means the virgin coconut oil NOT regular coconut oil. The expeller pressed is the healthy one. I put a spoonful in my coffee every morning and sometimes I add Hemp oil (just a small squirt of it) in as well. These two essential fatty oils help SO MUCH. I also shop at Aldi's because I can get grass fed beef and buffalo meat at reasonable prices. I am also on a low carb diet which falls in line with this diet plan. It cuts out starchy foods, anything made of flour and sugars. You can have healthy meat, all the "above ground" vegetables you want, some fruit (limited amounts) etc. I have lost weight around my middle and I feel fantastic. I was diagnosed with Graves disease a few years ago. It doesn't flair up at all now and I don't take any medicine for it. In fact I don't take ANY prescription drugs. Don't need them. I keep inflammation down so I have energy and my joints don't ache like they used to. At 58 I feel like I did in my youth. I also take DIM, Rhodiola and digestive enzymes to balance out hormones and gut. Drinking water all through the day is essential as well to help flush out your system. Stress and inflammation are the triggers to breaking down your system so keeping those under control is vital to your health. Another thing I do is take Systemic enzymes as well. You CAN afford this diet if you plan it right. Another vital element to this is to stay away from processed foods. Nothing out of a box! They are what is killing us and destroying our bodies. You CAN fix food from scratch. It is worth it and much less expensive than having to be on prescription drugs.

  • sam mawai says:

    Did anyone got cured from vitiligo by these methods? Please reply

  • Robert Neill says:

    Excellent… Thank you DR.

  • J. T says:

    +add acupuncture and bio resonance (done by a pro, preferably a doctor or a TCM practicioner with a long experience)

  • Tammy Smith says:

    my friend is has MSA! will this help? HELP PLEASE!

  • Maike Hüther says:

    Wish every doctor would know.Would have saved me feeling like beeing in hell for over 6month after eating.Was skinny like a feather,no more iron.Lower than 7.Just cutting out gluten helped me from day 1 .

  • Kris E says:

    This was so Super informative . I am Just starting this diet for my acne… and this was by far the best video I've seen. Thank you

  • peachgirl231 says:

    So bone broth contains collagen to help heal leaky gut? Got it. Thanks, doc!

  • linda yemoh says:

    Do you have any treatment or cure for lichen simplex chronicus

  • Eyemallfunkedup says:

    269 Pharmaceutical reps are pissed

  • Lesley Bhadresa says:

    This guy must be making a fortune by misleading people.

  • beverly francis says:

    How to overcome autoimmune disease…..garlic.

  • Leon Adam Martinez says:

    Thank you for this great video ! My wife suffers from one and this video was very helpful!! Much love and blessing to you

  • shannon spicer says:

    I can't thank you Dr. Axe for all the free health advice you give. You are everything!

  • Houda K says:

    I have Lichen planus in my mouth for almost year and half,
    Are all these remedies work for it?
    Please help me

  • louise simpson says:

    Fantastic, thank you 🥰

  • 2016imhere says:

    I can't work with this illness so I can't afford these foods & supplements .. I feel hopeless

  • 2016imhere says:

    I'm confused you say not to eat omega fatty acids but say to eat salon ?

  • Lynn Moser says:

    I'm on disability and can't afford these things.

  • Andrea Montoya says:

    Thank you Dr. Axe! Great info.

  • mailgisela says:

    Muchas gracias, muy útil y clara explicación.

  • Vix Jevons says:

    Thanks for the info this is just what I need although it’s funny how I’ve been drawn to some of these foods and rosemary and lavender 😁🙏

  • Earth Angel says:

    Celery is said to cause inflammation. Cooked veggies are said to be better. Why do people say one thing and then another?

  • Joker Motorcycle says:

    Going on a no sugar diet next year 🤤

  • Rhezel Padios says:

    great video! thank you!

  • Corinne Culbertson says:

    Thank you Dr. Axe
    Just recently I found out through testing, I’ve been suffering for 2 years and misdiagnosed. I had Black Mold Poisoning .
    Ive been on Prednisone for
    1 1/2 years. Doctor started me
    on 30 mg and an now tapering off.
    I’m on 4 mg at the moment.
    I’m feeling the fibromyalgia and R-Arthritis flailing up again. It’s painful but I’m taking the Turmeric /Ginger Of the Mother, Folvic, and Dr. Gundrys Prebiotic. I’m doing my best.

  • Gee Va says:

    Plz tell us something about hypothyroidism.

  • WWE MOMENTS says:

    You are a good man!!! Good bless you!

  • AdrienneS1970 says:

    I was told to stay away from glutamate. Doesn’t bone broth have glutamate?

  • Belen Nerea says:

    Thank you!!!

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  • pipedreams1685 says:

    What about multiple sclerosis. The new drug therapy I'm on has completely shut down my immune system.

  • Leslie Porter says:

    Great info. Extremely helpful. Thanks Dr. Axe.

  • Dr. Hatem Hadi says:

    I suffer from overcome lectins in green pepper and tomato. I know that they affected to autoimmune diseases.

  • Kirsty Green says:

    Great ideas. Cant drink bone broth makes me ill. But on the trail of veggies and the fruit you mention. Scleroderma my problem. Fabulous thankyou!

  • werkmsa says:


  • Rigo Martinez says:

    Wegener Disease any Ideas about
    How to go about this?

  • fatmah shaltout says:

    It's been about a year now since i began to suffer from pain in my knees and elbows and recently my chest and neck, and i can't bend my knees or straighten my arm although i ran alot of tests like RF,ANA,CBC,Liver function and kidney function they were all fine and negative the only results that came high was CRP and of course ESR and doctors couldn't diagnose me i went to 9 doctors and 3 of them said its psychologically i started the diet 4 months ago but things aren't getting better, i really want know what is the problem hope i get an answer
    Thank you so much

  • Kathleen Kairau says:

    Ur amazing ❤️😍

  • Søsâ Döñ says:

    I have a serious question dr.axe.. you have any remedy for laechun planus????

  • girl lilio says:

    Spiritual and daily yoga plus diet and supplement help me through a lot 💕

  • Rudy F says:

    how about if I have ITP?

  • Rachel Rosario says:

    Hello Dr Axe, is quinoa a grain or seed?

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