Many people only think about autoimmune diseases either when someone close to them is given a diagnoses or a celebrity’s story is in the media. Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Graves Disease, Parkinsons are just a few of the diseases we associate with autoimmune disease. So why should we learn more about our immune and digestive systems to look after them better…because that’s where it starts – in the “Gut”

Auto immune disease arises from an abnormal immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. The immune system protects our cells, organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles, bones etc against continual every day aggressions, chemicals, eating the wrong foods very often too quickly, stressful life styles, to name just a few.

Therefore our “Gut Lining” is the first point of our defence mechanism, protecting us from Chronic Stress, Toxins, Sleep Dept, and Nutritional deficiencies, Bacteria, Cancers, Viruses, Fungi, Toxins, Pathogens, Pollution, Parasites and undigested food particles. A “Leaky Gut” diagnoses in on the increase, being linked to Coeliac Disease, Fibromyalgia and Psoriasis, Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, diabetes, Adrenal exhaustion, IBS and others, we are more commonly used to hearing in everyday life now.

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This is a comprehensive list of autoimmune diseases

If you have a leaky gut you are unlikely to absorb sufficient essential nutrients from your food, which your body needs for good health. If prolonged absence of the correct levels of essential nutrients, along with an unhealed leaky gut, then your body is compromised and at a higher risk from infections, triggering inflammation elsewhere in the body, thus self-perpetuating the auto immune process. If you generally suffer from bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea, crave sugars and refined foods, Hormonal imbalance, Skin problems, feel tired all the time; then take action now… as your health maybe at risk.

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So how can we help ourselves?

The formula to success is; Eliminate Offenders, Improve Digestion, Manage Stress. Improve Quality of sleep, Heal the gut epithelium and address nutritional deficiencies. Self help starts easily; firstly by slowing down on your eating, chewing food properly, giving yourself times to process the healthy foods.

If the small intestine (gut) lining becomes irritated and/or eroded large undigested food molecules can pass through the wall lining into the blood stream causing build up, other toxins from the bowel can also enter the blood stream causing further toxic build up, affecting the liver and lymphatic system and more pressure on the immune system. Secondly by increasing your quality of sleep using natural remedies, rather than more chemical intake, create a healthy night time routine, switching off TV and wi fi an hour before bedtime, use relaxing music to chill out to or read a book, yoga practice and/or diffusing certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Thirdly; look at the quality of food you are choosing, do you give yourself time to eat and digest your food or are you stressed when you eat so the food it’s given a healthy internal environment to be processed in, or are you just not even eating during the day living on coffee and eating a huge meal late at night (more pressure on your body’s systems) this intern leaves you feeling even more tired in the mornings. Remember this is all having a long term effect on your health. The next step in helping yourself is to seek professional assistance, in the process of reversing your auto immune condition.

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