An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system gets confused and it begins to see your healthy body tissues as foreign and attacks and destroys it.

Autoimmune diseases affects a vast amount of the human population. It is considered the eighth leading cause of death in women, shortening the typical patient’s lifespan by eight years (1).

There are so many autoimmune disorders and it may affect different tissues, organs and systems in your body.

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Here is the autoimmune diseases list  

1) Lupus
2) Rheumatoid arthritis
3) Multiple sclerosis (MS)
4) Type 1 diabetes
5) Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
6) Psoriasis
7) Graves’ disease (thyroid)
8) Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (thyroid)
9) Vasculitis (the blood vessels)
10) Osteoarthritis
11) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
12) Celiac disease
13) Ulcerative colitis
14) Vitiligo
15) Sjogren’s syndrome
16) Sarcoidosis
17) Myasthenia gravis
18) Ankylosing Spondylitis
19) Colitis
20) Crohn’s disease
21) Asthma
22) Autism
23) Guillain-Barre
24) Neuropathy
25) Polymyalgia Rheumatica
26) Scleroderma and many more

So what are the common causes? Here are 3 common causes

1) Food Sensitivity

Are you eating foods that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to?

When you eat foods that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to, your gut lining becomes inflamed.

The tight junctions in your gut lining which control’s what passes through the lining of your small intestine becomes impaired and doesn’t function well.

This allows undigested food molecules, bacteria, toxins and other substances to slip out into your blood stream where they are regarded as foreign invaders.

Your immune system mounts an attack resulting in inflammation.

If you keep eating the offending food over and over again, your immune system becomes overburdened, inflammation becomes chronic and creates an environment for chronic disease including autoimmune disease to develop. Inflammation is one of the biggest drivers of chronic disease.

If you have an autoimmune disease listed in the autoimmune diseases list above or to prevent it, it is important for you to identify foods that you are intolerant or sensitive to and stop eating them to help reduce inflammation.

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 2) Stress

Stress causes devastation on the body and mind. When you are stressed, cortisol the stress hormone is released to provide glucose, supplying energy to deal with the stressful situation .

Cortisol also helps to regulate inflammation. Prolonged periods of stress makes your immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s ability to regulate inflammation.

When inflammation gets out of control, it promotes chronic disease.

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that psychological stress affects the body’s ability to regulate inflammation and can promote the development and progression of disease(2)

It is important for you to manage your stress to help reduce inflammation.

3) Bacteria or virus inflection

A bacterial or virus infection causes the immune system to mount an attack to protect your body against these foreign invaders. Your immune system is your defence against foreign invaders. This results in inflammation. If the infection is prolonged, your immune system continues to mount an attack.  Inflammation becomes chronic putting pressure on your immune system.

When inflammation gets out of control, it creates an environment for chronic diseases including autoimmune disease to develop and progress.

It is important for you to deal with any bacteria or viral infection to help reduce inflammation.

To address any of the autoimmune diseases listed above in the autoimmune diseases list, it is important to address the root causes of inflammation because chronic inflammation encourages the development and progression of disease including autoimmune disease.

References

1)  Nakazawa, D. (2008). The Autoimmune Epidemic. Simon & Schuster. New York.

2) ScienceDaily (2012) How stress influences disease: study reveals inflammation as culprit.

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