By Donna Gates, Hive Advisor
Autoimmune diseases, as you may already know, happen when the body’s immune system attacks friendly and important tissue. These attacks can show up in places like the:
- Endocrine glands
- Gastrointestinal tract
When an autoimmune attack takes place, inflammation occurs as a part of the immune response. With inflammation, tissue damage follows. When enough tissue damage occurs, this tissue becomes stiff and useless. Often, pain accompanies severe tissue damage.
Controlling autoimmune flare-ups is like working with a moving target. Evaluations and adjustments need to constantly be made. This is because the body is in a constant state of response towards its internal environment and the external environment.
A deal breaker in the body is any condition that will inhibit healing and repair. Unless a deal breaker is addressed, progress cannot be made.
Deal Breaker No. 1: Anemia
Red blood cells deliver oxygen to all areas of the body. As you may already know, oxygen is an essential nutrient for every cell in the body and is involved in the production of cellular energy.
- Anemia, or a shortage of red blood cells, means that there is also a disruption in the delivery of oxygen.
- Anemia prevents the proper delivery of oxygen to the body.
- This makes it harder for the gut to heal and for the endocrine system to find proper balance.
Oftentimes, during an inflammatory response or constant immune distress, the endocrine system and especially what are called the pituitary and adrenal glands can become exhausted. Anemia must absolutely be addressed for any kind of real progress to be made.
There are many causes of anemia, including the autoimmune form of anemia, called pernicious anemia. Anemia can also arise from nutrient deficiency or bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, such as when there is a parasitic infection or lesions in the gut.
Body Ecology Potent Proteins is equipped with a rich array of nutrients, including iron, folic acid, and B12.
- Iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 are essential in building red blood cells.
- These nutrients are often deficient in those with diet-related anemia.
- Potent Proteins is 50 percent fermented Spirulina.
- When you ferment anything, including Spirulina, you increase the digestibility and bioavailability of nutrients.
- Because Spirulina can help escort toxins out of the body, pump up the immune system, and build red blood, many people have found that making Spirulina a regular part of the diet is an excellent way to alleviate anemia, reduce toxicity in the body, and support immune health.
Deal Breaker No. 2: Blood Sugar
If blood sugar is drastically rising or falling or both, this is a condition known as dysglycemia. This makes it impossible for the endocrine system to reach a state of balance. Again, a healthy endocrine system is essential for gut repair and dampening the inflammatory cascade. Inflammation, as you may already know, is hallmark to autoimmune disorders.
By simply following the seven principles of the Body Ecology Diet, you end up practicing proper food combining and reducing the total number of carbohydrates that you ingest.
- Controlling carb intake and proper food combining will both help to stabilize blood sugar, which will swing from high to low in a case of dysglycemia.
- All forms of advanced blood sugar issues, like diabetes, must be addressed under the care of a qualified health care practitioner.
Deal Breaker No. 3: Gut Infections
A gut infection can be parasitic, fungal, or bacterial. Sometimes several infections are taking place at once. A chronic gut infection will:
- Continually stress the immune system
- Activate the inflammatory cascade
- Undermine adrenal health
- Prevent the lining of the gut from healing
- Disrupt digestive function
- The Body Ecology Cleanse Kit is a great way to begin because it comes equipped with all you need to address gut infection.
- The Cleanse Kit contains tools that can help to remove parasites from the body, as well as tools to get other infections in check, while also healing the lining of the gut.
- Typically, any infection in the gut, even a rapid bout of food poisoning, will make the gut inflamed and permeable.
Not everyone responds to a microbe in the same way. For example, many of us know that Candida albicans is native to the human body. Many researchers consider some parasites or bacteria to be a normal part of a healthy inner ecosystem. What causes Candida or any other organism to become pathogenic when it is normally harmless in the body?
- Oftentimes, this depends on the health of your gut, as well as the health of your immune and endocrine systems.
- Whether or not you address an infection depends on whether or not it is a source of distress for your body.
- Bacterial or fungal infections can often be controlled and eliminated with diet alone.
- Diet includes eating fermented foods with every meal and adhering to the seven principles of the Body Ecology Diet.
- When working within this framework for a maximum of 30 days, you should begin to see some improvement.
Deal Breaker No. 4: Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivity is not just about gluten and casein, which are known as the major culprits in food-related inflammatory disorders.
- Food sensitivities can develop from literally any food that we eat, especially those foods that we eat frequently and during times of stress.
- Stress often reads in the body as inflammation.
Any time that the inflammatory cascade is activated (during sudden or long-term stress), the gut can become permeable and allow food particles into the bloodstream that should not be there. Your immune system, doing its job, will identify these large food particles as invaders and tag them for an immune response. When this happens, food sensitivity develops.
Deal Breaker No. 5: Toxicity
Toxicity is the result of living in modern times. Chemical, environmental, and heavy metal toxicity are issues that we all deal with on some level. Whether or not this develops into sensitivity, triggering an immune response and the breakdown of tissue, again depends on the health of the rest of the body. However, if toxicity is never fully addressed, it will be impossible to manage the inflammatory conditions found in many autoimmune diseases.
With toxicity, we often see a congested and overloaded liver. This is because the liver is the primary organ responsible for clearing out toxic debris from the body. In order for the liver to do its job properly, the large intestine must be doing its job, and bowel elimination must take place on at least a daily basis.
- Body Ecology LivAmend is a botanical formula that helps to relieve liver congestion while also gently clearing the bowels for complete evacuation.
- Including fermented foods and beneficial bacteria into the diet is essential for any program designed to alleviate toxicity in the body.
- This is because beneficial bacteria are known detoxifiers and will pull toxic heavy metals from the body.
- Beneficial bacteria are also known to control the inflammatory response in the gut.
This article was republished with permission from the author.