A healthy immune system has no trouble differentiating between your own cells and those that are invading. For those with autoimmune disease, the immune system will think that the skin, joints, or other parts of the body are a foreign entity.
There is no autoimmune disease that is caused by a single nutrient deficiency, but rather, autoimmune diseases are complex and multi-factorial. However, research shows that diets that are high in processed foods and low in fruits and vegetables can increase the risk for autoimmune diseases.
Functional nutrition is all about looking at the body as a whole and addressing the underlying causes of disease. There are many factors that can contribute to autoimmune diseases, such as gut health, food allergies/sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, stress, and environmental toxins. A functional nutritionist will work with you to identify these root causes and create a personalized treatment plan that includes nutrient-dense foods, supplements, and lifestyle modifications.
Food is medicine, and there are many nutrients that can help to support a healthy immune system and lessen the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Some of the most important nutrients for autoimmune disease include:
– Omega-3 fatty acids
– Vitamin D
Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for autoimmune diseases because they help to reduce inflammation. They can be found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, or in supplements. Vitamin D is also important for reducing inflammation and is essential for a healthy immune system. Selenium is a mineral that is important for thyroid health and can also help to reduce inflammation. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support gut health and the immune system. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating autoimmune diseases, but functional nutrition is a holistic and evidence-based approach that has been shown to be beneficial for many people.
List of some of the most common autoimmune diseases:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Inflammation Bowel Disease
- Addison Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Pernicious Anemia
- Grave’s Disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
A complete list is located on the Autoimmune Registry Website. If you or your family member has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, please contact Monica Partier. She has personal experience with Hashimoto’s and will guide you on your journey back to health and vitality.
“Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow” – Linus Pauling