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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.