Autoimmune Disease – What Could Be Fueling It?

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June 9, 2015

Autoimmune Disease – What Could Be Fueling It?

Did you know that autoimmune diseases have exploded and have been on the rise over the last decades?  They now estimate that over 50 million Americans are affected by one form or another of autoimmunity. Unfortunately, it is also well known and observed that people who develop an autoimmune disease are more prone to developing another form of an autoimmune disease as well.

The good news is that you may be born with DNA that makes you genetically prone to certain illnesses or an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, but exciting new research in the field of epigenetics suggests that your nutrition, your environment and the health of your gut can influence whether those genes are even expressed and whether they can be turned off.

So let’s take a look at these 3 important factors to consider if you are trying to support your body’s healing from within.

Your nutrition and your food intolerances

Did you know that the root cause of most chronic health conditions, including autoimmunity can be linked to what and how we eat? Missing nutrients, exposure to toxins and food sensitivities/allergies can all play a role in developing or worsening chronic health conditions including an autoimmune disease.

If you have chronic pain, varying aches and pains, or an autoimmune condition, it is critical to look at each possible inflammation trigger and try to reduce your exposure. Some foods have been very well documented to be common inflammation triggers which over time can wreak havoc on your immune system and your body.

The most common food triggers are:

  • Wheat and gluten (gluten has been highly linked to autoimmunity)
  • Dairy product
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Nuts and Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplant

An elimination diet is one of the best way to find your food sensitivities and/or allergies.

Your environment, toxins and stress

Basically, stress and toxins affect all of us! With all the chemicals and pollutants that we are exposed to through the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we use, the air we breathe, and the stress we experience in our daily lives, it is no wonder our bodies get burdened.

Fatigue, depression, headaches, brain fog, memory problems, neurological issues and joint pain are all common symptoms of excessive toxic load.

An aggressive detox program is not the only way to help you lower your toxic load. In fact, if you have not been paying much attention to your stress level, toxin exposure nor done a detox program before, it may be more beneficial for you to start small by implementing some gradual but impactful dietary and lifestyle changes first.  What 3 lifestyle changes do you commit to?

  • Meditating or taking time to reset
  • Eating greens daily
  • Drinking 8 glasses of filtered water daily
  • Choosing organic produce and learning about the dirty dozen
  • Choosing beauty products that don’t contain Parabens
  • Eliminating the use of toxic household products
  • Avoiding plastics

The health of your gut

Research now tells us that the health of our gut is critical to overall health.  In fact, an unhealthy gut or leaky gut can contribute to various diseases, including autoimmunity and rheumatoid arthritis.  Many researchers, functional medicine doctors and holistic health practitioners (including myself) believe that supporting and restoring intestinal health is extremely important, but many of the time it is overlooked. Click here to read more on how to heal your gut …

So in all, our health and our bodies are being affected by many factors.  It may sound bleak, but the ultimate message is hopeful: It is within our power to improve our health destiny by choosing healthy and healing food for our unique body, by reducing our toxic load,  by managing our stress and healing our gut to reset our genes for wellness.

Much love, health and happiness!


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