4 Things To Do When The Body Turns Against Itself-Fighting Against Autoimmune Disease

4 Things To Do When The Body Turns Against Itself-Fighting Against Autoimmune Disease

By: Tanya Burk

Autoimmune disease is so not fair.  The body uses its built in defense against disease to attack itself.  Why and how can the body get so confused? Experts definitely don’t have this one figured out. We do know this though, there are hundreds of known autoimmune diseases and many that probably aren’t known about yet.  Most people who have one autoimmune disease find that they develop more.  My husband has more than one autoimmune disease, along with my daughter.  Because of this, we have been to countless doctors across the United States trying to find answers along with correction to the problems the autoimmunities have caused.  After thousand of dollars, and tons of trial and error, are the problems completely gone? No.  Many aspects are much better though.  We have learned many things during this process.  I want to share four concepts we have learned that have extremely helped our situations.  These concepts can help anyone, because the sad thing is you never know when your immune system will decide to attack itself.  There is no warning, no caution light.  These four concepts could lower your chance of getting an autoimmune disease, and if you already have one, they can reduce the chance of you developing more. They will definitely help you have a better quality of life regardless.

  1. Eliminate gluten from your diet.  Although you may not be allergic to gluten, or even show a sensitivity to it, trust me on this one – eliminating this one thing from your diet will help you tremendously. The gluten we eat today is not the gluten our grandparents ate. Scientist have since found new hybrid strains of wheat to yield bigger crops. Your gut sees the gluten we eat today, made from this new wheat, as a foreign source that should not be in our bodies.  Although people think they handle gluten fine, try taking it out of your diet for a few weeks. Then, try to reintroduce it and see how your body reacts!  Most of the immune system’s responses happen in the gut. Think about it – the gut is where most of the “foreign world” comes in closest contact with your inner world.  When you eat, you bring the foreign world right into your body.  When you eliminate gluten from your diet,  you give the gut a chance to calm down, not work so hard, and start repairing and healing. People with autoimmune diseases usually feel so much better once the gluten is eliminated.  My husband is totally gluten free.  He knows right away when he has ingested even a little gluten because he has symptoms arise from his autoimmune disorders. My husband has been tested for gluten allergy and gluten sensitivity. He tested negative for both, but he will be the first to tell you that gluten messes with him hard.  People fear it is too hard to give up foods with gluten in them, because there are so many. It is as hard as you want to make it, really. It all comes down to how bad you feel, and if feeling good is worth it to you or not.  My husband loves a buttery white bread roll out of the oven as much as any of us, but he came to the point that he wanted to feel good each day.  He found other foods he likes now that don’t cause his autoimmune diseases to flare up and damage his quality of life. You can do the same.
  2. Eat foods higher in fat and lower in carbs. Carbohydrates inflame the body. Lowering the intake of carbs lowers inflammation in the body. It also decreases insulin production, which decreases the chances of insulin resistance happening. Insulin resistance is a major player in so many diseases today, although most people don’t even know what it is. Opting for vegetables that are high in fiber is a much healthier practice than eating sugary or even starchy carbohydrates, and they also help eliminate toxins.  It’s almost a fad anymore for people to endeavor to eat low carb, but so many miss the mark by not adding in good, healthy fats.  Good, healthy fats give energy, improve cholesterol levels, and help the body function as it was created to function, which decreases the autoimmune response. My husband also enjoys sweets, but after indulging in them he has symptoms from his autoimmune diseases for days.  It just isn’t worth it to him to do that kind of indulgence very often.
  3. Supplement with glutamine and digestive enzymes. Glutamine is a vital nutrient for helping the intestines rebuild and repair.  It also decreases inflammation.  Digestive enzymes help the body break down molecules and absorb the nutrients it needs  from food, which it may not be doing effectively if the gut is in dire straits and overtaxed. Once again, this all has to do with gut health.  We are talking about autoimmunity. Remember from point 1 that most of the immune response happens in the gut, so when we help the gut, we are helping our immune systems. Other supplements may be needed on an individual level to help correct specific problems that may be affecting the immune system.
  4. You might have to cut out dairy and nuts for a short time.  Of course nuts are good for you, and if you can tolerate dairy, it has benefits too.  However, both of these foods have high immune responses.  Some people do well to eliminate these foods for a short period of time in order to give their gut time to repair while supplementing with the glutamine, digestive enzymes, and other needed supplements to heal the gut.  

These 4 steps can greatly help the quality of life for someone with autoimmune disease. Actually, they can help anyone become healthier and feel better.  For most of America, these changes greatly alter everyday life.  Most of us eat gluten and  lots of carbohydrates each day. Like I mentioned in point 1 – it all comes down to how much you want to change what you are experiencing.  For a custom-made nutrition plan specific to yours needs, or to order glutamine and digestive enzymes,  call us today at 913-648-8946 or email us at thetwins@twinfitness.com. It is our passion to help people have the best quality of life they can experience!