Living with an autoimmune disease can be an unsociable experience. Many people wait years to discover why they are sick, and once they are finally diagnosed, they receive few options from their doctor.
The problem with the conventional care model is an obsolete model that treats your body as a machine with separate parts. You are diagnosed with a disease and combined with a corresponding pharmaceutical medication.
If the patient cannot be diagnosed, he/she is often described as depressed and given an antidepressant. From one specialist to another, you have met a specialist in gastroenterology, endocrinologists and rheumatologists, and you are given more medications, especially immunosuppressants or steroid therapy.
Actually, your body is a complex and interconnected network of brilliant biochemistry. There are no magic pills.
But, Hope Is Not Lost
However, today, science takes into account the field of epigenetics or the factors of lifestyle and environment that instruct genes on how to express themselves.
The foods you eat or do not eat, the nutrients you take or do not take, your stress levels, your sleep habits and your exposure to toxins dynamically determine the expression of your gene.
So, instead of seeing genetics as an immutable verdict in your life, we must keep in mind how these epigenetic factors activate and deactivate good and bad genes.
When it comes to autoimmune conditions, once the genetic switch has been activated, it does not turn off again. That said, the autoimmune response can be damped and reversed tremendously, naturally.
It is up to us to modulate our immune system and recover our health. These are some tips to start to recover your health and get your life back.
So, What Causes Autoimmune Disorders?
Studies have shown with some degree of certainty the various reasons for autoimmunity. Here are some that have found favor among most scientists.
Reason 1: A leaky gut
When narrow junctions filter out, they allow food particles, microbes, and undigested toxins to escape from the intestine and enter the bloodstream. All substances that are not intended to be in the blood can be identified as potentially dangerous by your immune system.
Therefore, it mounts an immune response against them, leading to widespread inflammation. If you continue to eat and live in the same way, the immune system will not be able to “retreat” from the attack. Finally, tired and irritated, he begins to attack his own body.
Reason 2: Gluten sensitivity
First, gluten causes the overproduction of zonulin, that chemical substance that can lead to a leaky gut. Second, in gluten-sensitive individuals, gluten is highly inflammatory, and third, the structure of gluten resembles, to a large extent, that of certain body tissues.
An immune system that has mounted a gluten attack is likely to destroy body tissues that also resemble gluten, triggering an autoimmune response.
Reason 3: Toxins, Viruses, and Fungi That Enter The Body
Another important cause of autoimmune diseases is that toxins enter our body through environmental contamination, as well as through the use of personal care items.
Heavy metals, industrial chemicals, and pollutants and pesticides enter our bodies through contaminated food, water and air.
The physical damage caused by these contaminants in our tissues activates the immune system to recognize damaged tissue as “foreign” and attack it. This leads to a full-blown autoimmune disease.
Many infections such as overgrowth of Candida, SIBO (overgrowth of small intestine bacteria) and viral infections such as herpes simplex, Epstein-Barr and Lyme disease can cause an autoimmune disorder.
Reason 4: Stress
Finally, stress is another major contributor to the development of autoimmunity. Our current lifestyles make stress common. We are under both psychological and physiological stress.
Chronic stress is a constant companion in these frantic times. Lack of sleep, poor diet, emotional stress, stress in the workplace, etc. they contribute dramatically to certain physiological changes in the body, leading to autoimmune diseases.
Interestingly, because the immune system spreads throughout the body, an autoimmune disease can affect almost any part of the body. The signs and symptoms of an autoimmune disorder would depend on the part of the body affected.
Another classic feature of an autoimmune disease is inflammation. Under normal conditions, inflammation is a useful process, since it allows the immune system to direct its cells to the site of possible entry or bacterial colonization.
Inflammation always results in a certain amount of tissue damage; It is the price that we have to pay for the successful elimination of bacterial pathogens from our body. The inflammation causes swelling, redness, pain and heat.
However, when stress is chronic, that is, continuous and relentless, inflammation can continue unabated for too long, leading to autoimmune diseases.
Having said that,
Next, I described exactly how to optimize your diet for autoimmunity, including what foods are triggering your symptoms that you must completely abandon and what foods to eat that will best support your immune system.
Foods You Should Kick Off your Fridge
Gluten is at the top of my list of foods you should never eat, especially if you have autoimmunity. The gluten triggers the leaky gut, which is a necessary precursor to autoimmunity.
Another way in which gluten triggers autoimmunity is through molecular mimicry. Gluten is structurally similar to a number of tissues in your body, particularly the thyroid, so when your immune system creates antibodies against the unknown gluten protein, it can mistakenly attack your own tissues in the process.
So you can plan to say goodbye to gluten forever.
In addition to getting rid of bread, pasta, cereals, baked goods, and snacks, you should also be careful with chicken broth, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, chewing gum and coffee mixed, which are often hidden.
Sources of gluten. Instead, make your own actions, sauces, and condiments whenever possible.
Dairy products are inflammatory for several reasons. Approximately 70% of the world population stops producing lactase, the enzyme necessary to properly digest dairy products, once they have finished breastfeeding.
Even those who produce lactase often experience sensitivity to dairy products, due to casein or serum intolerances. The protein of casein in dairy products also shares a structural similarity with gluten and thyroid tissue, making it another major culprit of molecular mimicry.
In addition, conventional dairy products are full of hormones and antibiotics, which can cause or exacerbate an autoimmune disease.
Grains and Legumes
Grains and legumes contain “anti-nutrients” known as lectins and agglutinins, so I recommend eliminating grains and legumes for at least 30 days, and possibly forever (depending on how they react when reintroducing them).
The lectins found in quinoa, corn, and oats, behave similarly to gluten and have the same harmful effect on the intestine. Meanwhile, it has been shown that agglutinins cause a leaky gut and disrupt your immune system.
Corn and Soy
Corn and soybeans are problematic because 88% of corn and 93% of soybean crops are genetically modified. GMOs have been linked to at least 22 diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.
In addition, proteins in corn can cross-react with gluten, while soy contains isoflavones that cause estrogen dominance.
Shadows at night
Nighthade vegetables, such as potatoes, aubergines, tomatoes and peppers, contain alkaloids that contribute to inflammation and are not well tolerated by people with autoimmunity.
Citrus fruits are rich in histamine, which triggers your body’s natural immune response. For this reason, foods high in histamine should be avoided to prevent further inflammation and exacerbation of an existing autoimmune condition.
Foods that contain yeast cause an imbalance of intestinal flora that can lead to overgrowth of Candida and the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine (SIBO).
Both conditions contribute to the loss of the intestine and put it in the path of autoimmune diseases and chronic diseases.
Enjoy nutrient-rich foods that support your immune system
Now that you have eliminated your diet of toxic and inflammatory foods, you can concentrate on eating only high-quality, nutritious foods that support your immune system and help reverse your symptoms.
You can feel empowered by knowing that the food you eat is driving your body’s recovery, and you will begin to see how migraines, fatigue, digestive problems, skin rashes, and mood imbalances all disappear.
You will feel energized, focused and clear, your skin will glow and, over time, you will discover that you can reduce or even eliminate your medications altogether!
The most important thing is that you will discover that having an autoimmune disorder does not have to stop you from living the life you want and deserve.
Eating a lot of high-quality protein will provide you with the amino acids you need to support your immune system. As with organic products, you want to look for the best quality protein you can find.
In fact, it is even more important to give priority to organic, grass-fed, grass-fed and wild-fed meats, since the animals are at the top of the food chain and the effects of GMO-containing foods and pesticides are they magnify when we eat them.
Not to mention that conventionally raised meat contains added hormones and antibiotics, which increases the risk of numerous chronic diseases.
My favorite sources of protein are organic, grass-raised chicken, wild salmon and 100% grass-fed meat. You can also enjoy lamb and pork fed grass, duck and turkey reared on grass and wild game.
Once upon a time, erroneously, it was thought that avocados were a fatty fruit that clogged the arteries and that should be avoided.
It turns out that they are one of the healthiest foods we can eat, thanks to their high nutritional value (a single serving of 100 grams of avocado contains between 15 and 25 percent of the daily required amounts of vitamins K, C, B6 and MY).
They are also dense with good fats, fiber, and potassium, while they are low in carbohydrates, cholesterol and sodium.
While you will want to limit or completely avoid inflammatory nighttime burns, such as potatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes, there are a lot of other vegetables that you can add to your diet. Your goal should be to eat a rainbow of food!
Green leaves, such as kale, spinach, arugula, and bok choy, are naturally detoxifying and loaded with micronutrients and fiber so that your intestines work optimally. Some of my other favorite vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, beet, sweet potatoes, and squash.
Fruits contain many essential nutrients that include vitamin C, potassium and folic acid. Whole fruits are also an excellent source of fiber, which prevents constipation and diverticulosis, and supports the friendly bacteria in the gut that are so important for immune function.
The berries are great because they are low in sugar and are full of antioxidants. You will want to limit or avoid dried fruits, which are high in sugar and citrus fruits if they are inflammatory for you.
Quality fats help repair intestinal wall cells, providing immune support and help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, K and E.
Avoid trans fats and industrial seed oils (such as canola, soy, and corn) and focus instead on good fats (avocado, coconut, and olive oils, and certain animal fats). Avocados are one of my favorite sources of healthy fat, and they are an easy-to-fill snack!
Eggs are a miraculous meal. Protein and good fats in eggs make them a satisfactory and satisfying way to get your zinc daily; iron; and vitamins A, D, E and K.
No matter how you prepare them, eggs can help improve cardiovascular health; prevent metabolic disease; and improve the health of the eyes, liver, skin, and brain. One note: both the yolk and the white are rich in nutrients, so make sure you’re eating the whole egg!
Discard all toxic and inflammatory foods from your cabinets and refrigerator
The first step to optimize your diet is to clean your cabinets and refrigerators of all toxic and inflammatory foods.
The following “foods” have no place in a healthy lifestyle, and should be avoided at all costs:
- Additives, preservatives, and colorants.
- Trans or hydrogenated fats
- Artificial sweeteners
- Corn syrup with high fructose
- Processed foods, junk food, and fast food
The following foods are highly inflammatory for many people, so you will want to eliminate them for at least 30 days. Then you can reintroduce (most of) these foods one by one to determine if you tolerate them personally or if you have sensitivity.
- Night shadows
- dairy products
- Gluten-free grains
By choosing foods that nourish your body and eliminate the toxic foods that make you sick, your body can begin to use its own resources to recover from what caused your autoimmune condition in the first place.
You have the power to take your health into your own hands and overcome autoimmunity! These tips are excellent steps to reverse autoimmune diseases and live a vibrant and healthy life.
I have seen countless people with horrible autoimmune symptoms fully recover their health.