“Genetics load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.”
‘Dr Francis Collins’ National Institutes of Health (NIH)‘
It is currently understood there are over 80 autoimmune diseases which result in our immune system misfiring at healthy cells as invaders and consequently attacks on the body’s cells which make up our own tissues and organs resulting in inflammation, pain, loss of function and damaging tissue.
Dr Francis of the National Institute of Health (NIH) eloquently quotes ”genetics loads the gun but environment, including diet pulls the trigger”. In fact, genes account for 30% of the propagation of autoimmunity. Whilst there may not be a “cure’’ for autoimmune disease, the appropriate diet and lifestyle for you, may help slow down progression, and keep you in long term remission.
We know if there is prominence of one autoimmune condition, we are likely to have another. This certainly was my prognosis and whilst this can feel quite overwhelming, there is exciting evidence supporting the relationship of food, diet, environmental and emotional factors all play a pivotal role in supporting the immune system in autoimmunity.
I work with you as an individual to unravel and pinpoint what the trigger for your immune system presents, and work on re- balancing you as a whole.
“Prevention is always better than cure”
Some common autoimmune conditions
- Autoimmune Epilepsy
- Alopecia Areata
- Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
- Coeliac / Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus.
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- IgA Nephropathy
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Lichen Planus
- Lupus SLE and Lupus APS
- Lyme Disease (Chronic)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Myasthenia gravis.
- Neuromyelitis Optica
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Pernicious Anaemia
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Reactive Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins)
Symptoms you may experience
from autoimmune disease
- A butterfly shaped rash, hives or recurrent unexplained rashes.
- Joint pain, muscle pain, muscle weakness or tremors.
- Unexplained weight loss, rapid heartbeat, insomnia or unexplained weight gain, constipation, fatigue, cold extremities and hair loss.
- Multiple miscarriages.
- Dry eyes, dry mouth, dry skin.
- Inability to concentrate or focus. Poor memory/brain fog.
- Patches of lost pigment on your skin or your hair.
- Blood or mucus in your stool, diarrhoea, cramping and abdominal pain.
- Tingling sensations or numbness in your hands and or feet.
- Seizures, blackouts, fainting and lightheadedness.
Disclaimer. The information provided on Inspire Nutrition is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Any person suffering from a condition requiring medical attention, or who have symptoms that concern them, should consult a qualified medical practitioner.