When someone has an autoimmune disease, their immune system begins to attack any parts of their own body.
Awareness about Auto immune disease in developing countries like India is almost NIL. However, in recent years, that too post Covid episode, the people are getting some light on the auto immune disease as it appears in several forms.
According to the report released by The University of Kansas Health System – Lupus, Psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, Hashimoto’s hypthyroidism are a few among more than 80 types of autoimmune disease that currently exist across the world.
The medical community has reached no agreement on what causes autoimmune disease. But these diseases all have a common thread: intestinal permeability. (Perhaps you’ve heard it called “leaky gut syndrome.”)
The walls of your intestines naturally allow nutrients from your food to pass through, so they can be absorbed by your body. But in people with increased intestinal permeability, the intestinal wall also allows more harmful things to escape into your body, causing an immune response.
The report further says that the food you eat has a big effect on the health of your gut. So, if you have an autoimmune disease, changes to your diet could help improve your condition.
Ways diet can help improve your condition
Eliminate highly processed or refined foods.
Stay away from packaged, processed foods, as well as foods with refined ingredients (white flour, syrups, colorings, refined oils).
1.Eliminate added sugars
Most Americans eat too many added sugars (sugars added to foods during processing). Stick to sugar that occurs naturally in foods such as fruit. Avoid products with added sugar.
2. Eat more plant-based foods.
Your gut wants more plants: vegetables and fruit. Give it what it wants.
3.Get an adequate amount of protein, plus healthy fats and oils.
Supplement your plant-rich diet with some protein. And don’t shy away from healthy fats: nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut and extra virgin olive oils, and other non-refined oils.
4.Sprinkle in some fermented foods.
Good bacteria help keep your gut healthy, and they can be found in fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and yogurt (as long as you’re not sensitive to dairy).
5.Address food sensitivities.
Your body might be sensitive to certain foods, such as gluten-containing grains or dairy products. Those sensitivities can affect the health of your gut, so you should eliminate any food groups you’re sensitive to.
(With inputs from The OnLook News Research Bureau)