As a person who is seeking healthy alternatives to medicine and just dealing with pain and symptoms I have come across a lot of interesting information involving your Gut and Autoimmune diseases. I looked up a list of Autoimmune diseases and found a pretty comprehensive one from the AARDA you can check that list here but it includes the more common ones like MS, and Chron’s, and Lupus but did you know that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Celiac disease, Narcolepsy, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Type 1 diabetes are also considered Autoimmune diseases as well? The list is much greater than what I mentioned and you should check it out if you are curious if you or a loved one has an autoimmune disease.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans have an Autoimmune disease? And 75% of those affected are women? That is a staggering number and quite scary as a woman especially.
What causes autoimmunity?
The immune system normally can distinguish “self” from “non-self.” Some lymphocytes are capable of reacting against self, resulting in an autoimmune reaction. Ordinarily these lymphocytes are suppressed. Autoimmunity occurs naturally in everyone to some degree; and in most people, it does not result in diseases. Autoimmune diseases occur when there is some interruption of the usual control process, allowing lymphocytes to avoid suppression, or when there is an alteration in some body tissue so that it is no longer recognized as “self” and is thus attacked. The exact mechanisms causing these changes are not completely understood; but bacteria, viruses, toxins, and some drugs may play a role in triggering an autoimmune process in someone who already has a genetic (inherited) predisposition to develop such a disorder. It is theorized that the inflammation initiated by these agents, toxic or infectious, somehow provokes in the body a “sensitization” (autoimmune reaction) in the involved tissues. (see the AARDA for this quote and more info)
Your Diet can help you or hurt you which would you choose?
Worst foods for Inflammation
Milk (use in moderation)
Best foods for Inflammation
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly Brewed Tea
Check out Dr. Weil’s Food Pyramid Here.
What you eat and drink could greatly affect your body and inflammation and help your system deal with Autoimmune diseases. More than 80% of your immune system lies in your Gut. If you have an Autoimmune disease than you most likely have a leaky gut. Here is a great article about Leaky Gut and how it allows food particles to flow in your blood stream and forces your body to attack itself.
We all have good and bad bacteria in our digestive system. When your gut flora is in balance the bad bacteria pose no threat. But when the bad bacteria outweighs the good, irritation and inflammation occur, again, causing the pores of the intestine to open up. ~ Leaky Gut Article
If you are looking for a good Probiotic to help With friendly bacteria and rid yourself of the bad bacteria, I suggest Pro Bio 5 which I have personally used and I love it. You can check out more info by clicking on the link but here is part of what the Pro Bio 5 can do for you.
ProBio5 Friendly Flora In addition to enzymes, ProBio5 contains very beneficial “friendly bacteria” that assists in supporting the body’s need for a balance of probiotics (microflora) in the digestive tract. This “friendly bacteria” is delivered in a micro-encapsulation system to ensure that they reach their intended destination in the digestive tract to help rebuild the damage done by the yeast and fungi overgrowth. – See more at: http://bethanybrewster.myplexusproducts.com/products/probio5#sthash.b592vpRU.dpuf
Here is to a healthy gut, body, and lifestyle! We can change our bodies back for the better, and retrain our bodies to work the best they can. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to help you with what I have learned.