What are autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune Disease WordingThere are a number of conditions that fall under the umbrella of autoimmune disorders. These include Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (SLE), multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. But, they all have one thing in common – inflammation! In any of these conditions, the body’s immune system is over active. This causes inflammation and leads to the body mistakenly destroying body tissues. Read more on autoimmunity here.Aisling Kelly Nutrition Autoimmune Diseases

Can nutritional therapy help autoimmune disorders?

Yes! The good news is that certain dietary protocols can be used to help reduce symptoms and restore gut health. The type of protocol changes with each individual. Generally, removing allergens, foods and stressors that affect the permeability of the gut wall helps.

Sometimes the food we consume can arrive in the gut undigested. If these undigested particles of food get through tiny holes in the gut lining, they get into the bloodstream and can activate the immune system! This is known as ‘leaky gut’ and can lead to a number of symptoms of autoimmine illness. Healing the gut lining is often a good place to start alongside eliminating stressors damaging the gut. Read more fascinating info about leaky gut here!

How do I know which foods to remove if I have an autoimmune disease?

Each client that comes to me will receive an individualised protocol. However, clients often have to eliminate inflammatory foods such gluten, dairy, legumes, grains and nightshades. This dietary protocol can be quite restrictive for a number of weeks. Then foods are re-introduced slowly, to find which foods you can tolerate. Doing this with the help of a nutritional therapist is important! For instance, you must ensure no nutritional deficiencies occur when cutting out so many food groups. You will also need a supportive mentor if it gets difficult.

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