Autoimmunity: Causes and Symptoms

11/16/2020


Autoimmune conditions are the result of the immune system attacking your own body.  Although there is a genetic component to all autoimmune disorders, no every person with a genetic predisposition develops an autoimmune disease, they are the results of chronic inflammation of the body. 


Causes


Some factors that lead to chronic inflammation are: 

  • Inflammatory diet 
  • Leaky gut
  • Toxin exposure
  •  Infections
  • Gene Mutations (such as MTHFR)
  • Chronic stress/Hight stress levels after trauma and difficult life events


However, diet, especially inflammatory foods, has a double impact on autoimmune disorders. Processed and high inflammatory foods worsen autoimmune problems because they not only provoke an immune response but also lead to a leaky gut. More researchers and clinicians are coming around to the idea that leaky gut may provide a unifying theory for most autoimmune conditions.


Symptoms


Some of the most common autoimmune disease symptoms you should look out for include:

  • Headaches
  • Brain fog / Problems to concentrate
  • Body rashes, red bumps, red flaking skin
  • Acne / Rosacea /Eczema /Psoriasis /Dermatitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent colds
  • Thyroid issues that could point to Hashimoto's disease (underactive thyroid) or Graves disease (overactive thyroid)
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Stiffness and pain (could suggest rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia symptoms)
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue /Feeling "wired and tired" / Exhaustion
  • Digestive tract upset /Stomach cramping /Gas /Bloated stomach
  • Diarrhea /Constipation


What can you do?


For individuals with a diagnosed autoimmune condition, it is especially important to take into consideration and address gastrointestinal infections, leaky gut, nutrient deficiencies, and the role of toxins and stress. Also, it is necessary to implement an anti-inflammatory diet, add gut-healing foods, repair with specific supplements, and rebalance with probiotics.



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