An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body or body part. The question to ask is why is the body doing this?
More than 80 diseases are a result of the immune system attacking the body’s own organs, tissues, and cells.
Some autoimmune disorders include:
Diabetes (Type I) – affects the pancreas.
Hashimoto thyroiditis and Graves' disease – affects the thyroid gland.
Inflammatory bowel disease – includes ulcerative colitis and possibly, Crohn's disease.
Multiple sclerosis – affects the nervous system.
Psoriasis – affects the skin.
Rheumatoid arthritis – affects the joints.
Scleroderma – affects the skin and other structures, causing the formation of scar tissue.
Systemic lupus erythematosus – affects connective tissue and can strike any organ system of the body.
Addisons disease – affects the adrenal glands
And more recently evidence is showing that Alzheimers is an autoimmune disorder – affects the brain.
According to Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center, Autoimmunity is present in everyone to some extent and is termed “benign autoimmunity”
The problem comes when the genes are triggered. What triggers them?
The answer is not just one thing unfortunately.
There is no cure, but the symptoms can be managed and you can try prevent the triggering.
How? Firstly by treating your gut to prevent something called leaky gut. See blog on Gut health to see how to treat and prevent leaky gut.
Secondly removal of any food you are reacting to. The best way to do this is by doing an elimination diet to see what you are reacting to. These foods eventually will be removed or eaten only occasionally. Top reactive foods are gluten, soy, corn, dairy, eggs, and nuts.
Thirdly is remove environmental toxins that may be causing allergens or triggers. This is done by replacing toxic cleaning and personal items with more clean organic versions. See blog on changing to natural cleaning products
Another important one is decrease the stress. This is includes getting enough sleep, water and decreasing work and family stress wherever possible. When we decrease the stress we increase the defences.
When assessing the Gut we do a GI map. Autoimmune triggers are included in this test a good starting point is the GI map test. Read more about the GI MAP here.
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