Autoimmunity is a complex disease in which your body mistakes its own tissue as foreign and white blood cells attack relentlessly in order to destroy it. Moreover, any disease which occurs due to such immune response is an autoimmune disease. Unfortunately, the treatment of these diseases is very complicated and it also requires the reduction of body inflammation as well as the immune attack on your own tissue. On the other hand, going gluten-free is the right step for most of the people, because gluten sensitivity actually means that your body is sensitive to the gluten protein. Also, there is a great crossover in people who suffer from Celiac disease and any autoimmune diseases, so why isn’t it enough just to remove it from your daily diet?
REASON 1 (YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG)
In case you are still eating snacks and fake bread, you are actually still consuming hidden gluten, which results in inflammation. However, there are a lot of people who avoid gluten but, they are still doing it wrong. Therefore, continue reading in order to find out if you are doing gluten free the wrong way:
– If you avoid gluten products within a month, and you start eating it again as you didn’t notice great improvements for that period.
– If you avoid gluten, but you aren’t still consuming vegetables.
– In case you avoid gluten most of the time, but once in a while eat your favorite food.
– If you are still consuming gluten ice cream, free pastries, cake mixes, etc.
– In case you avoid eating bread but don’t actually pay attention to other products, for instance: soy sauce, hot dogs, toothpaste, or lipstick.
As you can see, gluten is extremely inflammatory food and you must eliminate it from your diet completely.
– You must avoid gluten for at least three months as a trial of a month will not do it
– Be extra cautious because gluten is hiding in many things you would never think of
– No cheating!
– Don’t avoid fruits and vegetables
– Gluten-free junk food is still junk food
REASON 2 (YOU HAVE OTHER GUT IMBALANCES (SIBO, DYSBIOSIS, GUT INFECTIONS, YEAST OVERGROWTH)
People who suffer from autoimmune diseases are actually more susceptible to other gut issues, for instance: SIBO, i.e., small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, gut infections, such as parasites, intestinal dysbiosis, i.e., too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria, leaky gut as well as yeast overgrowth.
In order to diagnose many of these issues, you should visit a knowledgeable doctor, but, however, you can also find out by answering these questions:
– Do you still experience constipation even if you are on a gluten free diet?
– Do you still experience gas and bloating 30 minutes to an hour each time after having a meal?
– Do you still have abdominal pain?
– Do you still have irregular bowel movement, for instance: diarrhea one day and the other constipation?
– Do you have a personal history of excessive antibiotic use as a child or adult?
– Do you still experience unusual reactions to certain foods, for instance: hives, rashes, swelling in arms, legs or under your eyelids?
In case your answer was positive to any of these questions, it is likely that you have one or more of those gut problems. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to get definitive testing as well as treatment.
REASON 3 (YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS STILL ON FIRE BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL OR PHYSIOLOGIC STRESS)
It is a fact that stress can lead to increased inflammation and activated immune system. Additionally, even a small amount of constant stress is able to take a toll on your gut.
Stress causes many negative changes in the gut, including the following:
– It can change the composition of your bacteria – in favor of bad bacteria
– Stress increases intestinal permeability, A.K.A causes leaky gut
– It has even been associated with an increased risk of: GERD, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease (like Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), irritable bowel syndrome and even food allergies
You can approach your autoimmune disease without addressing the stress levels. It is highly recommended to spend twenty minutes daily doing something you love, such as spiritual prayer, meditation, or yoga. Taking an Epsom salt bath with baking soda and lavender oil helps a lot as well.
REASON 4 (YOU’RE NOT AVOIDING FOODS THAT CROSS-REACT WITH GLUTEN OR DIRECTLY CAUSE INFLAMMATION BY THEMSELVES (MILK, RICE, CORN, SESAME AND GLUTEN FREE OATS)
Of course that avoiding gluten should be your first step in the treatment of your autoimmune disease, but it shouldn’t be your last.
There are a lot of foods that are able to cross react with gliadin molecule, i.e., the gluten part that some people actually don’t tolerate. Moreover, the protein of gliadin, rice, milk, corn, sesame, as well as gluten free oats looks very similar and your body cannot differentiate between them. Accordingly, it can still react to these foods and result in inflammation.
So, by eliminating these foods even for a short period of time is not only useful but actually necessary for some people in order to lower their inflammation. Therefore, the best option for those people will be to stick to a diet that avoids these foods and gluten for at least 3 months.
REASON 5 (AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES ARE COMPLEX AND REQUIRE A MULTIFACETED APPROACH TO TREATMENT!)
As we previously mentioned, autoimmunity is very complex disease and it requires a multifaceted approach.
Due to constant fatigue, hair loss, unexpected weight gain, brain fog, depression, lack of mental clarity to the roller coaster that comes with seeing many doctors after being misdiagnosed for years, it becomes evident that comprehensive approach to treatment is required for optimal results.
This treatment includes 6 steps which are critical:
1. Finding the right medications (if indicated) for each individual
2. Address adrenal status with adaptogens or glandular
3. Proper diet that is tailored to the individual and helps nourish the adrenals while focuses on nutrient deficiencies and reducing inflammation and autoimmunity
4. Removing toxins that may be interfering with hormonal production or disruption organ function
5. Addressing gut health and gut imbalances that may be accelerating inflammation in the body and reducing absorption of critical nutrients
6. Replete nutrient deficiencies, including Iron, B12, Zinc, Selenium, Iodine, and Vitamin D3