What is Autoimmune Disease?

With over 80 types of autoimmune disorders, what they all have in common is that the body is attacking itself. Our immune system is a fascinating complex powerhouse that normally protects us from bacteria, viruses and other cells and organisms that enter our bodies and can harm us. With autoimmune disease, the body does not distinguish from its own healthy tissue and the foreign invaders. This results in damage to our body system, organs, joints, skin, endocrine glands, and more.

Widespread autoimmune conditions include:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Less recognized autoimmune disorders are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

In addition to the above diagnoses, many people may have an autoimmune response that is causing them distressing symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal Complaints
  • Hair Loss
  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Poor Memory or Concentration
  • Skin Rashes, Hives or Flushing
  • Unintentional Weight Change (Gain or Loss)

Nutrition Therapy for Autoimmune Disease

The goal of nutrition therapy is to decrease inflammation and to promote healing of the body’s tissues, organs, and the overall system. Determining the best foods to eat, assessing for food sensitivities or other contributing factors, and prescribing restorative supplementation all play a role in promoting healthy, optimal functioning and repair of the body.

Since many people with underlying autoimmune issues remain undiagnosed, we may also utilize specialty tests to get a better, more comprehensive view of what’s going on in the body. We will also look into components such as adrenal and thyroid health, the HPA axis, cortisol levels, and lifestyle factors in forming our nutrition interventions.