Did you know that 70-80 % of your immune system is in your digestive tract? Wouldn’t it make sense for those who suffer from autoimmune disease to start looking at the digestive track and why it is not functioning properly?
Meds, injections, pills, sure they help alleviate the symptoms but they do not mitigate the problem.
Shouldn’t we start focusing on the problem instead of quick solutions to alleviate symptoms? I do not want to be on all these serious drugs. Do you? And honestly, the drugs do not even alleviate much of the symptoms. They make them less intense but they are still there, now coupled with side effects from the serious drugs.
This is what I have been focusing on for the past couple months. What is causing my body to attack itself? What is causing my over production of TNF?
I strongly believe that RA is caused by something that is wrong with our digestive tract. Whether it be: born with digestive deformity, sustained trauma to the digestive from viruses, bacteria, alcohol, eating disorders, ect. SOMETHING is preventing those with autoimmune from receiving the nutrients that they need.
I do not for one second believe that I will have RA for the rest of my life.
I believe that once I can figure out what is going on, I can start making changes, which is what I have been doing. I will be going into deep detail in the coming weeks.
My first change was going gluten free. It took me about 4 months to do it. For the first 2 months, I started phasing out gluten and then once I felt that I was ready, I went 100% gluten free.
“It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” - G.K. Chesterton
Why Gluten free?
The reason that I cut out gluten was because gluten is a molecule comprised of sugar and protein and it increases the body’s immune response to the body. Being that I have an autoimmune disease, it made sense to cut gluten because it was causing my already weakened immune system more distress which resulted in my body (mainly hand joints) to become inflamed.
So, when you consume gluten with an autoimmune disease, think of it as your body is in a constant state of irritation, ready to lash out if anything disrupts it (like stress).
Sugar, or foods with a high glycemic index increase cortisol levels as well. Cortisol is an important hormone in the body that is involved in the function of your glucose metabolism, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, regulating blood pressure, inflammatory responses and it is the body’s hormone response to stress.
So, when we wake up, we have naturally high cortisol levels. This serves as our natural boost of energy to start our day. As we get up and the day progresses, our body [is supposed to] decrease cortisol levels and go into a “relaxed response”. Relaxed is when our body is balanced and performs its normal functions. A relaxed response is where we operate best.
Unfortunately, in our current high-stress society, the body’s stress response is activated so often that the body doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal. This keeps the body in a state of chronic stress and if you mix in eating sugar, it adds fuel to the fire, resulting in a state of chronically high cortisol.
Stress = Increased cortisol.
Sugar (gluten)= Increased cortisol
Chronic Stress & Sugar Combination= Chronically high cortisol
Chronically high cortisol= A magnitude of problems.
More specifically for the immune compromised, it lowers immunity more and lowers the body’s inflammatory response.
Eating this way is very hard (mentally). You have to be disciplined and accountable. Sometimes it makes you feel socially awkward but remember,YOU have to fight for YOUR health. Never allow yourself to feel isolated or pressured. Do what is best for you and remember that others are out there fighting just like you, you’re not alone.
Let’s start with looking at what we eat.
Let’s start with looking at our health history.
Let’s start with looking at our lifestyle.
‘There are no foolish questions, and no man has become a fool until he stops asking questions.’ - Charles P. Steinmetz