Navigating Best Diet for Autoimmune Diseases: The Ultimate Guide
Simply put, the best diet for autoimmune diseases is a healthy diet like for any other health disease. Some would think that it can’t be that simple, but it is.
The reality is that all you can find on the internet about specific diets for specific diseases is fundamentally wrong. Chocking right? Yes, indeed, but stay with us as we are going to explain to you in this article all the details behind this simple truth.
What are autoimmune diseases?
Autoimmune diseases are a broad group of disorders in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body.
Normally, the immune system defends the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in autoimmune diseases, the immune system becomes confused and targets the body’s own cells, leading to inflammation and damage.
There are more than 80 known autoimmune diseases, and they can affect various organs and systems in the body.
Here are some examples of the most common autoimmune diseases:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (autoimmune thyroid disease)
- Type 1 diabetes
- Celiac disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Autoimmune hepatitis
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Immunity and the guts microbiome
If you research autoimmune diseases you will inevitably come across people talking about the intestines and the microbiome. Why these two topics are related?
As we said above, autoimmune diseases are related to a malfunctioning immune system. Amongst the many things that compose your immune system, your guts represent 70 to 80 % of its total.
Therefore, every time there is an autoimmune disease, the guts are involved in one way or another.
The intestinal immune system is very complex in its interactions since it must tolerate our food but fight against all undesirable elements like:
But that’s not all, it must also keep its balance in an environment that can be constantly attacked by:
- Heavy metals
- Endocrine disruptors
Finally, here are a couple more facts about the incredible importance and complexity of your guts and their immunity:
- The small intestine, with its villi and microvilli, represents about 300 m2 of exchange surface between its mucous membranes and the ingested food
- Your small intestine and colon are the viscera most populated with bacteria
- Your guts immunity is a delicate balance between all microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and others), digestive juices, food, neurotransmitters, the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic), hormones, and cellular mediators.
As you can imagine, this complex system is heavily influenced by your diet (the sum of all the food and drinks you ingest) that comes into contact with your gut over hundreds of square meters of exchange surface on a daily basis.
But repairing or rebalancing intestinal immunity is not a matter of taking some probiotics and poof! Problem solved. It requires a serious therapeutic approach based on:
- The implementation of a healthy diet
- Personalized diagnostic and holistic treatments
- Middle and long-term follow-up
Healthy Diet for Autoimmune Diseases
Now that we looked up how your immune system is directly connected with your intestines, we can explain to you why a healthy diet is the best and only diet to adopt for autoimmune diseases.
A healthy diet brings healthy foodstuffs for your digestive system and your overall body. Therefore, it is the best way to repair or rebalance your intestinal immunity.
Transitioning to a healthy diet can be done in steps, but it must be done seriously.
Adding five fruits and vegetables a day to your average toxic diet will not do the trick, even if advertising campaigns are telling you otherwise.
It’s like mixing good oil with bad oil! That never makes it good, only spoils the good oil.
If you want to know what is a healthy diet and how to transition to it successfully, subscribe now and download our ebook: “Healthy Food: Your Fundamental Right”.
The good news is that a healthy diet is suitable for all diseases. It is so rich and varied, without any toxic or inappropriate foods, that it fits everyone at all stages of life.
As holistic natural health experts, we use the richness of a healthy diet combined with the power of natural medicine diagnostic and treatments to repair or rebalance intestinal immunity.
Foods/Diet to avoid with autoimmune disease
Basically, all the foods and diets that are not within a healthy diet. Still, to give you some specifics, we can say that amongst all the bad foods and diets, you should particularly stay away from the following if you are suffering from an autoimmune disease.
- Refined foods (bread, flour, pasta, cookies and other pastries)
- Direct or hidden white sugar (refined foods, sauces, drinks, etc.)
- Dairy products (butter, milk, cream, yogurt, cheese, etc.)
- Pesticides and GMOs
Our expert suggestions and recommendations as a holistic natural health expert
Our immune system is complex, and unfortunately, its functioning is not yet fully understood. This explains why its dysfunction leading to autoimmune disease can take very different forms in different people. Therefore, there is no standard treatment or guarantee of a cure.
Prevention is of the utmost importance. The main pillar of disease prevention is diet, especially for immune disorders.
That’s why our first advice to anyone having an autoimmune disease or wanting to prevent it is to switch to a healthy diet.
However, in case you are already suffering from an autoimmune disease, transitioning to a healthy diet will not cure it, but it’s a mandatory step to take if you want to try curing it.
As we say all the time, no matter how good holistic natural health diagnostics and treatments can be, if you don’t adopt a healthy diet, you won’t get the desired results, especially when trying to tackle complex and difficult diseases like autoimmune diseases.
That’s one of the reasons why we have created this platform, to give you the tools to make necessary changes in things like your diet and your lifestyle so you can enjoy the full benefits of holistic natural health care.
Thus, once you have transitioned to a healthy diet, you can explore all the other topics that are part of diseases prevention like:
- Drinking healthy water
- Limiting exposure to environmental pollutants
- Practicing good movement and sport
For that, you can go ahead and subscribe to download our other ebooks: “Movement and Sport for Optimal Health” and “Hydrating Well with Healthy Water” and watch our webinars.
Finally, if you are suffering from an autoimmune disease, we advise you to get professional care from a holistic natural health expert who will be able to put out the best treatment plan possible.
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