Autoimmune Disease (part4)

Treatment of autoimmunity

As you are now aware there is a lot to consider when treating autoimmune conditions. It is best to seek the help of a qualified health professional to take your detailed case history to ascertain possible triggers, exacerbating factors and to perform the appropriate individual functional testing. These tests individualise your treatment plan to best suit you for example different people have different reactions to different foods of which they are largely unaware, as well as different bacterial imbalances within the gut which can increase leaky gut and immune dysregulation. Lifestyle factors and nutritional deficiencies will also need to be addressed to rebalance the body.

Treatment aims

1. Eliminate foods that promote leaky gut by irritating and inflaming the intestines (alcohol, soft drinks, gluten, dairy, processed and refined foods, grains, chemicals such as preservatives and food additives) and individual food intolerances
2. Increase foods that heal the gut with nutrient dense foods
3. Natural treatment for parasites
4. Prescribe supplements to correct deficiencies and provide increased healing

The dietary plan to heal autoimmune disease is designed to:

•    Eliminate foods that promote leaky gut by irritating and inflaming the intestines
•    Increase foods that heal the gut
•    Increase nutrient dense foods to correct deficiencies
•    Support healthy liver function
•    Remove artificial additives in foods
•    Avoid foods that contain added sugar
•    Remove foods that are most likely to cause allergies or sensitivities as well as individual intolerances
•    If you have small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO) you must eliminate fermentable carbohydrates for a period of time.

It can take 6 months to heal leaky gut!
Patience and perseverance is required but I have seen many times the quality of life for people with autoimmunity dramatically improve. A qualified health professional will be able to guide you through the necessary steps to allow your body to rebalance and heal.

Kim Carolan holds a degree in Naturopathy with further training in holistic counselling, live and coagulated blood microscopy, biomesotherapy and German biological medicine (Sanum). She operates out of Pulse Holistic Medical Practice in Minyama on the Sunshine Coast, and is passionate about helping people reach their optimal health goals. She has special interest in digestive health, anxiety, depression and autoimmune conditions

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