Autoimmune conditions are becoming more common in today’s society and although it was once linked to our genetic make up we’ve come to realise there’s a number of contributing factors which include T-Cell dysregulation, Vitamin A & D deficiency, obesity, poor diet, dysbiosis, leaky gut, oxidative / toxic stress and heavy metals.
So if you have a family history of any auto-immune conditions (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Thyroiditis, Crohns, Coeliac, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis etc), the question is what can you do to potentially avoid it activating in your body.
Whenever I’m working with patients the first place I start is with their gut health and their diet because if those things aren’t great then the rest of their health isn’t going to be either.
In leaky gut and dysbiosis of the gut we’ll find that absorption and digestion aren’t at their peak and therefore nutrients such as vitamin D and Zinc which are required for healthy intestinal mucosa and gut health are generally not being absorbed well.
Therefore we need to start looking at what we can do to correct this issue utilising antioxidants for detoxification, probiotics and gut healers to support healthy intestinal mucosa and heal leaky gut, plus we need to remove foods which are inflammatory and damaging to our health.
The antioxidants we would generally consider include Selenium (especially in thyroid issues), Alpha-Lipoic-Acid (ALA) which increases intercellular levels of glutathione our body’s own natural antioxidant and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), also required to promote glutathione production.
We also need to be looking at good quality probiotics with a variety of strains present and a gut healer such as glutamine and I’d want to add in some anti-inflammatory herbs such as Turmeric (curcumin).
From the diet perspective, throw out the refined sugars, processed foods, white flour and takeaways and replace them with meat stocks, probiotic foods, lots of different coloured vegetables, grass fed (preferably organic) meat and start exercising to get rid of that excess weight.
It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense and at this stage of the game I think we all do know what to do it’s just that doing the right thing is hard. Just remember you don’t have to be perfect with everything you do, go with the 80/20 rule where you’re doing the right thing 80% of the time and give yourself a little bit of wiggle room as well.
Until next time, stay calm and stay healthy