6 NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES IN PEOPLE WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.

NutrientsAUTOIMMUNITY: Key Nutrients You Need in Your Diet 

People that suffer from autoimmune diseases have very different nutritional needs than the average person. Here are six nutrients that studies have proven help folks who suffer with autoimmune diseases. Incidentally, the research has also shown that folks with autoimmune diseases are deficient in these nutrients. It may not be causation but there is a correlation.

So, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, type II diabetes, lupus, Hashimoto’s disease, Addison’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, fibromyalgia, celiac, IBS, mixed connective tissue disease or any other chronic disease affecting your life style consider getting these nutrients into your diet.

 

B vitamins

B vitamins are what King Kong is to monkeys. HUGE. They provide energy for our cells, affect mood, sleep, nerves, circulation, and digestion. They also control immune function & participate in hormone & white blood cell production. There are eight B vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 – that work together to keep our bodies strong and resistant to disease.

 

Vitamin D

There is now biologic evidence to back up the belief that vitamin D protects against autoimmune diseases & certain cancers. Most people however slather on the sunscreen and don’t get enough sunlight. This is especially problematic for autoimmune sufferers. Researchers have discovered that vitamin D plays a crucial role in activating the immune system’s ability to recognize and fight pathogens.

 

Omega 3s

DHA rich oils enhance the activation of white blood cells known as B cells which aid in the immune response. It also supports pathogen clearing. Omega 3s are especially good for dampening the inflammatory response.

 

Selenium

Selenium is essential for regulating excessive immune responses. It also an important nutrient for proper thyroid function. Studies have shown that increasing selenium in Hashimoto’s sufferers decreases our thyroid antibodies.  That’s good news!

 

Magnesium

Autoimmune diseases initiate a lot of inflammation in the cells of different organs. Animal studies have shown that a deficiency of magnesium can induce this inflammatory response. This results in an accumulation of proteins that initiate inflammatory changes in the cells. So besides being a chill pill for inflammation, magnesium also has a very calming effect on  the entire body.

Zinc

A study in published in Journal of Nutrition indicated that zinc deficiency contributed to a higher incidence of infection and autoimmune diseases. This could be because The health benefits of Zinc include a proper functioning of the immune system. This is one nutrient that you can take too much of.. you don’t need a lot and it works in synergy with other vitamins so take it in your multivitamin unless you are found to be severely deficient.

 

Take charge of your health.

Talk to a functional medicine doctor or your regular doctor about which supplements are right for you given your situation, medicines and health goals.  You are in charge of your health. Its up to YOU.

We don’t have a health CARE system here. We have a medical system. It is outstanding at acute care. However, prevention, education and root cause exploration doesn’t pay.  As a result, if you suffer from an autoimmune disease or any other chronic disorder life can feel like a hopeless merry-go round filled with symptoms and drugs.

Take control of your health and learn how to live well despite your diagnosis. And if you need help, that’s where Mama Frat comes in. Bridge that gap between your diagnosis: where you are today and where you want to be. Hire a health coach like me. Conventional doctors aren’t allowed the freedom of time to help you the way you need it… but, there is hope and you can rise above your diagnosis.

“Health comes from a toxin free environment, the right nutrients, laughter, love and peace of mind.”….Just ASK MAMA FRAT.

 

March 11, 2017