Autoimmune disease is a growing chronic issue, and a medical mystery to allopathic doctors. According to the National Institutes of Health, it's estimated that 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease. From Hashimoto's thyroiditis to rheumatoid arthritis, to lupus, these diseases can be debilitating and life altering. However, does the answer to thriving lay within our gut health?
The autoimmune gut connection is discussed frequently. Many sufferers of autoimmune disease find much relief from specific gut healing diets like GAPS, AIP, or Paleo, and it's becoming more common knowledge that our micro biome in our gut is of great importance to our health. So, we know that it matters and focusing on it works... but why?
But first, What is Autoimmunity?
Autoimmunity is when the bodies immune system see's an organ, organ system, or multiple regions of the body as a foreign invader and attacks it.
This attack causes destruction of tissue, joints, and inflammation. It's what causes limited thyroid function in Hashimoto's or Graves disease, and inflammation of joints with rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms and severity vary from person to person and by exact autoimmune disease, but they're all connected by the common bond of the immune system turning against the body.
Example of autoimmune diseases are:
- Celiac Disease
- Graves Disease
- Hashimoto's Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Type 1 Diabetes
So, What is the Autoimmune Gut Connection?
Our Immune System is Located in Our Gut.
It's said that 70-80% of our actual immune system is located in our gut. As autoimmunity is a condition of the immune system, and we need a healthy gut for a healthy immune system, the connection is clear!
Our Gut Health Determines our Health as a Whole.
Food is medicine, and without our gut health, we're unable to properly utilize and digest food.
Let's say we eat a healthy meal a grass-fed steak, with a leafy green salad, and a sweet potato. This meal is rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep us healthy and thriving. However, if our gut health is compromised, we're unable to absorb it.
We need a healthy body supported by a healthy diet in order to have a properly functioning immune system.
Leaky Gut Causes Autoimmunity.
Leaky gut is a newer term to describe a common problem of the intestinal lining becoming damaged and molecules leaking into our blood stream. This causes antibodies to attack what is seen as foreign invaders but is really just food. Thus, confusing the immune system to form inappropriate antibodies.
What are some of the symptoms of leaky gut?
- Allergies and asthma (including food allergies)
- Digestive distress
- Eczema, acne and skin issues
- Chemical sensitivities
- Joint pain
- Frequent headaches
So how can you heal a leaky gut and address autoimmunity? At Stewarding Life Wellness, we offer leaky gut testing and nutritional guidance to help heal the gut and address autoimmunity! Contact us for a free consult to learn more.