There’s no singular cause for autoimmunity. In fact, there’s over a hundred different autoimmune conditions.
There are many different triggers to autoimmunity, and each person’s causes and triggers are unique. Likewise, the solutions to these are not the same, from person to person.
One trigger is food sensitivity. It’s so important to personalize your nutrition and learn what your body likes and what it doesn’t like. Discover what it reacts to, because that is going to be your key. When you figure out a food that is wreaking havoc, eliminating it will most likely have a positive impact. The beauty of it is that it will impact more than only one of your conditions.
Intolerances can develop simply because you’re not digesting things well. This causes elevated levels of irritation and creates leaky gut and chronic gut infections. (Sometimes these infections don’t manifest with symptoms, so we may not even know they are occurring. Underlying infections can be a trigger to upregulating your immune response.)
Insulin can be another trigger to flaring the immune system. Even without diabetes, you can have insulin resistance. A lot of autoimmune patients also deal with hypoglycemia – with low blood sugar triggering insulin surges – which can show up with insulin resistance. This is often symptomless and precedes diabetes.
Personalization of your diet:
Personalization of your diet is key to reversing your symptoms. No two peoples’ autoimmune triggers are the same. One person may be sensitive to nightshades, while the next person is sensitive to corn or dairy. It’s different for everyone. And you may have many food sensitivities, while someone else has only one or two.
Your gut lining protects you from things like undigested food proteins, toxins, and bacteria – and your immune system exists to protect you and react to all invaders. So anything that permeates the gut lining is seen as an invader. Your immune system remembers these invaders, and begins to react to them, attacking them.
This is what leads to food sensitivities. (It’s like we’re eating non-digested proteins that are getting through.) These proteins are larger than what the gut lining allows passing through. The immune system doesn’t like large proteins. (Larger proteins that get through tend to be from things like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.) The immune system creates a memory cell for these proteins. Then the immune system starts to attack those proteins. Unfortunately, it can start to attack healthy things like broccoli, thinking that it is a dangerous threat.
So, you need to figure out what your food sensitivities are. Elimination diets cut the foods that cause the most common food sensitivities.
Nutrient Deficiency Triggers
There are some nutrients that are key to the immune system.
In order for your immune system to function properly, you can liken it to baking a cake. Without all the right ingredients it’s not going to turn out very well.
There are things like glutathione that help regulate your immune system and help you detoxify. If they are missing, or there are foreign toxins or chemicals present, the immune system will be off.
Here are our top six best supplements, herbs, and nutrients:
- D3 – we have 37 trillion cells in our body more so vitamin D. D and thyroid hormone are the only two hormones that have a receptor in every single cell in the body. Vitamin D acts as a prohormone. It’s like the bouncer of the immune system.
- K2 – works synergistically with vitamin D, vital for absorption, bone health, heart health.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – known for their anti-inflammatory response. Ability to support a healthy immune function. Antioxidants help support the immune system by combating damaging free radicals.
- Curcumin – used to modulate overactive immune and inflammatory response. It reduces inflammation associated with autoimmunity and autoimmune progression. It also inhibits immune upregulation which can lead to autoimmune responses.
- N-acetylcysteine – the precursor to glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant for your body. It’s also used for detoxification pathways.
- Antioxidants – having an extensive array of antioxidants to combat free radicals will help support your immune system.
Optimize your self care:
Supporting you to optimize your immune system, reduce toxic burden, and optimize your self care to increase energy and overall health is our most important goal. If you support your body’s built-in systems, especially your immune system and decrease inflammation, with pure, highly absorbable, well-formulated nutrients, your ability to remain healthy and happy significantly increases.
We want your foundation of health to be rock-solid, and we provide the tools to do so!
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Dr. Tiffany Caplan & Dr. Brent Caplan
PS: To find more ways to lower inflammation check out our cookbook “Recipes to Calm the Fires of Inflammation.” This book is full of delicious recipes that are a great supportive tool to coping with autoimmune diseases.
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