Autoimmune – what is it?

Today’s question: “You keep talking about autoimmune diseases and I don’t think most people have these. So what is that and what’s the big deal?”

Answer:  An autoimmune disorder occurs when your body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders and they may attack body parts like blood vessels, connective tissue, lungs, glands like the thyroid or pancreas, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and nerves (including the brain.) In other words, anywhere. Continue reading

What to do about arthritis flares!

Joint Pain

“I have arthritis and am sometimes in constant pain. I thought maybe it was gluten related so I eat gluten free bread but that didn’t help. The doctor says I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and none of the medicine is working. What do I do?” Continue reading

Symptom? Constipation. No wait, maybe the symptom is acne.

Symptom? Chronic Constipation.  No, wait, maybe the symptom is acne. Neither of these two symptoms is a “disease” and they don’t sound related but they have much in common. Both conditions are reflective of digestive issues.That seems weird I know because the  symptom shows up so differently. But most of the cause is the same, revolving around the condition of your gut. Continue reading

Western Diet Damages Gut Microbiota

Perhaps the most important result of a processed food diet is the damage done to your “gut.” The natural fiber in a whole food diet is food for the good bacteria. Some 80% of your immune system resides in your intestinal walls and that system is kept healthy by the action of the good bacteria. And an overgrowth of bad bacteria has serious health implications for your whole body including your brain. It’s All About the Food.

Western diets damage gut microbiota over generations, in ways hard to reverse.

It may take more than a tub of yogurt to reverse the effects that a high-fat, low-fiber diet have wrought in the bellies of men and women in the industrialized world, says new research.

Indeed, the depletion of gut microbes that comes with diets deficient in fiber extend well beyond the lives of those whose dietary choices made it happen, a new study finds. Over generations of exposure to diets low in fiber, the research shows that a microbiotic population die-off threatens to drive some of the trillions of microorganisms that live in healthy human guts to the brink of extinction.

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