Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease

Your immune system is designed to protect your body’s healthy cell tissues by attacking any viruses, bacteria, pathogens, or diseases that enter your body. However when that protection goes overboard and starts attacking your own body tissues, auto-immune symptoms arise.

Autoimmune diseases have been logarithmically increasing in the past 30 years, affecting all areas of the body. Common ones include eczema, allergies, asthma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, infertility, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, premature menopause, type 1 diabetes, MS and arthritis.These symptoms are traditionally treated with drugs that may help improve the symptoms but do not address the underlying cause of the problem.

The majority of auto-immune diseases begin somewhere in the GI tract. Yet often there may be no obvious GI problems at all. Others may experience the symptoms commonly lumped together under the category of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; gas, bloating, intestinal pain, diarrhea, constipation, reflux. What many people, including Rheumatologists and Gastroenterologists, don’t realize is that 80% of the immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract.

With damaged intestinal permeability, sometimes called, “leaky gut syndrome”, undigested food protein molecules or bacterial toxins enters directly into the bloodstream, instead of being broken down. The body responds to these threatening foreign invaders as “antigens”. White blood cells will be activated to create antibodies to attack the antigens. Antigen-antibody complexes are formed which then trigger other types of immune system cells, causing activation of a whole cascade of inflammatory chemicals (in themselves toxic) to try and help the body rid itself of the perceived threat.

In the meantime, these large circulating antigen-antibody complexes may lodge in and activate an immune inflammatory response in other tissues including the skin, thyroid, joints, muscles, reproductive organs, pancreas, nasal mucosa, brain etc., leading to autoimmune (the body attacking itself) syndromes such as eczema, psoriasis, premature ovarian failure, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Type I diabetes, mental/nervous symptoms, chronic allergies and rhinitis, etc.

The circulating toxic antigens activate the body’s adrenal stress/alarm mechanisms raising levels of cortisol and adrenaline, as well as engaging the organs of detoxification including the liver, kidneys and skin. All of these changes can affect hormonal balance throughout the body including thyroid and reproductive hormones.

A person with a healthy immune system and a healthy liver can handle clearing the body and maintaining balance.However, years of chronic stress at emotional, physical and nutritional levels, as well as a liver that has been overworked from synthetic hormones, medications, alcohol, environmental chemicals and bacterial toxins, as well as differing genetic predispositions in the ability to detoxify, can overwhelm the system leading to a vicious cycle of inflammation. The consequences can include headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, irritable bowel symptoms, palpitations, menstrual irregularities, infertility, flu-like symptoms, or chronic allergic symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.

The answer is to treat the inflammation with an anti-inflammatory diet and nutrients, to heal the gastrointestinal damage with the 5R program, support detoxification, adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone balance, identify and eliminate food intolerances.

Our Repairvite and Clearvite programs address all these issues. Please schedule with one of our functional nutritionists or other practitioners for help. If you have been experiencing symptoms that may relate to autoimmune diseases and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Carpathia Collaborative today!

Utilizing changes to your diet, stress levels, and incorporating natural medicines and lifestyle adjustments, our team will do everything we can to make you healthy again.

 

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