AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

Such diseases are one of a kind where your immune system starts working against you. Technically, immune system is capable enough to detect what belongs to us and who is an outsider for our body, but strangely in an autoimmune condition the immune system goes through an immune malfunction where it acts by attacking the healthy cells. There is an uptake in the generation of autoantibodies for attacking oneself.

COMMON AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Lupus
  • Hashimoto
  • Celiac Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Pernicious Anemia

What All Can Trigger an Autoimmune Disease?

It is often seen that an autoimmune condition can be triggered by several factors involved rather than by one particular cause which would have eventually contributed for the disease to happen. However, there can surely be cases where some are more likely to get an autoimmune condition in their lifetime due to genetic predispositions. But in all totality, we should be looking at things from a broader perspective because bad genes also need a trigger for a disease to come alive. The key lies in understanding as to why your immune system is behaving so confused. The answer to autoimmunity lies on the answer to your WHY?

Some of the most common autoimmunity triggers are:

1. PROLONGED STRESS

Long-term stress can significantly alter your immune system in many ways

  • Dysregulation of immune response
  • Amplified inflammatory cytokine production
  • Decreased T-cell production which are a critical part of our adaptive immunity
  • Increased cytotoxicity which means healthy cells are being damaged

Now stress can be triggered by various situations but what makes it even worse is when people indulge in another sort of natural stress triggers such as alcohol, tobacco consumption, drugs, to cope up with their on-going stressors.

2. EXPOSURE TO TOXINS

Humans in 21st century are exposed to tons of toxins on a daily basis but there is nothing that we consciously do to get rid of our toxic burden. We might take baths daily to clean off the external concerns present on our body but our internal garbage load just keeps on piling which ultimately confuses the immune system or we can say it burns out because the accumulation of toxin levels is so high which can’t be tolerated by the body anymore. Such toxins can be characterized into many categories but the key lies in essential detoxifications treatments or practices which can stabilize the immune system once again to work efficiently for the body and not against the body.

3. LEAKY GUT/POOR GUT HEALTH

The two very critical aspects of gut are the gut lining and overall quality of gut microbiome.

THE GUT LINING – The intestinal tract acts as a selective barrier. It is fully capable of making decisions as to what molecules should be absorbed within the intestinal tract and what should be allowed to be released into the bloodstream. The problem arises when this particular gut lining is compromised or we can say it doesn’t act as a barrier anymore and as a result the molecules or microbes which should have stayed in the intestinal tract have now found a way to enter the bloodstream. The leaked substances are tagged by the immune system and this further results in an inflammatory response by the body. Now because gut lining is compromised the cycle of inflammation keeps on repeating which leads to an overstimulated immune system.

GUT MICROBIOME – We have been told that cellular health is critically important which is true but what we don’t realise we are much more microbial than cellular. And much of our microbiome is also present in our gut which is a home to trillions of both good and bad bacteria. The balance between the both is what determines a good microbiome health. When the bad bacteria takes over the good as an imbalance or being outnumbered is when accidental autoimmunity can be triggered.

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