Living Now - - Food - By Rob Lo­bosco

gen­er­alised poor health for many years be­fore even­tu­ally dis­cov­er­ing they have an au­toim­mune dis­ease.

The symp­toms of au­toim­mune dis­ease can vary greatly, de­pend­ing on which part of the body is af­fected. The two symp­toms present in vir­tu­ally all au­toim­mune dis­eases are chronic fa­tigue and un­re­fresh­ing sleep. The fol­low­ing symp­toms might in­di­cate you have an au­toim­mune dis­ease, or could de­velop one in the fu­ture: • Un­re­fresh­ing sleep • Dis­turbed, poor qual­ity sleep • Cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment and/or mem­ory loss • Al­ler­gies • Food in­tol­er­ance • Dry mouth • Mild fever or feel­ing un­com­fort­ably hot, par­tic­u­larly at

night • Mus­cle and/or joint aches and pains • Mus­cle weak­ness • Swollen glands in the neck, armpits and/or groin • Re­cur­rent mi­nor in­fec­tions or lin­ger­ing in­fec­tions • Skin rashes • Neu­ro­log­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tions such as numb­ness or

tin­gling in the limbs • Headaches

If you suf­fer with sev­eral of these symp­toms it’s best to see your doc­tor for some blood tests. Be­cause ap­prox­i­mately 80 per­cent of your im­mune sys­tem is lo­cated in your di­ges­tive tract, we al­ways fo­cus on im­prov­ing gut health in or­der to im­prove im­mune health. In­flam­ma­tory foods must be elim­i­nated from the diet, and foods that pro­mote leaky gut should also be re­moved. These in­clude gluten, grains, dairy prod­ucts and legumes.

Peo­ple with au­toim­mune dis­ease typ­i­cally have di­ges­tive prob­lems such as en­zyme de­fi­cien­cies or an im­bal­ance be­tween good and bad gut bac­te­ria. Di­ges­tive prob­lems usu­ally re­sult in mal­ab­sorp­tion and nu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies. These nu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies im­pair im­mune health and worsen in­flam­ma­tion. There­fore nu­tri­ent sup­ple­men­ta­tion and gas­troin­testi­nal sup­port are crit­i­cal in over­com­ing au­toim­mune dis­ease. ■

Dr San­dra Cabot was born in Ade­laide in 1952 and grad­u­ated with hon­ours in medicine and surgery from Ade­laide Univer­sity in 1975. She has prac­tices in Cam­den, Ade­laide and Mer­im­bula. She is well known for her work on liver health, and is the au­thor of over 20 ground-break­ing books. Dr Cabot is also a pi­lot and works with the An­gel Flight Char­ity. Most of her many world­wide sem­i­nar en­gage­ments raise thou­sands of dol­lars for char­i­ties.

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