Eat your way to health

Diet plays role in stay­ing strong

Cape Breton Post - - COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS - Amiee Wil­son Amiee Wil­son is a reg­is­tered holis­tic nu­tri­tion con­sul­tant and Reiki prac­ti­tioner. You can find her at Sobeys on Prince Street, Syd­ney, as the well-be­ing coun­sel­lor in the nat­u­ral source department. She can be reached via email at amieewil­son

Au­toim­mune dis­ease af­fects ap­prox­i­mately two mil­lion Cana­di­ans and this rate is steadily in­creas­ing ev­ery year.

Some of the most com­mon au­toim­mune dis­or­ders are: Lu­pus, Rheuma­toid Arthri­tis, Polymyal­gia Rheumat­ica, Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis, Crohn’s Dis­ease, Sjö­gren’s syn­drome, Pso­ri­a­sis, Celiac Dis­ease, Ad­di­son’s dis­ease, Hashimoto’s dis­ease, Grave’s dis­ease, Type 1 Di­a­betes, and so on.

There are ac­tu­ally more than 80 dif­fer­ent au­toim­mune dis­eases.

What is au­toim­mune dis­ease? Au­toim­mune dis­ease is when the body at­tacks it­self. Your im­mune system is sup­pose to de­fend your body against for­eign in­vaders, but when you have an au­toim­mune dis­ease your body at­tacks healthy cells. De­pend­ing on the type of au­toim­mune dis­ease your im­mune system can af­fect one or more types of body cells such as skin, thy­roid, in­testines, brain, pan­creas, joints, et cetera.

Some causes of au­toim­mune dis­ease in­clude chem­i­cals in our en­vi­ron­ment. To­day we are ex­posed to over 80,000 chem­i­cals and tox­ins such as pes­ti­cides, house­hold clean­ers, house­hold toi­letries (make-up, hair­spray, sham­poos, soaps, and so forth), and med­i­ca­tions. Th­ese cause in­flam­ma­tion in the body.

Ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied foods (GMOs): Most of the canola, corn, soy and sugar beets grown in Canada to­day are planted from ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied food (GMO) seeds. For ex­am­ple, corn seeds are ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied to pro­duce a toxin called Bt-toxin to kill in­sects by de­stroy­ing the lin­ing of their di­ges­tive tracts. There is a grow­ing body of evidence that is say­ing that when we eat th­ese crops that it also pokes holes in our di­ges­tive tract lead­ing to leaky gut which can in turn lead to au­toim­mune dis­ease.

Poor di­ges­tion and ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents: Leaky gut is a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor when it comes to au­toim­mune dis­ease. When you have leaky gut the lin­ing of your in­testines are leak­ing larger undi­gested pro­teins into the blood stream where they should not be trav­el­ling. This trig­gers in­flam­ma­tion and an im­mune re­sponse. You may also lack nu­tri­ents if you have leaky gut; so test­ing your min­eral and vi­ta­min lev­els would be im­per­a­tive. Con­tact me for more in­for­ma­tion on test­ing amiee@ na­mas­tewell­ness.ca

Ev­ery­one has stress, but chronic un­re­lent­ing stress weak­ens your im­mune system over time. Your im­mune system needs to be in tip­top shape to ward off for­eign in­vaders like viruses and bac­te­ria, but if your im­mune system is weak then the body will eas­ily suc­cumb to th­ese in­vaders leav­ing your body un­der chronic in­flam­ma­tion.

If you want to start heal­ing au­toim­mune dis­ease, eat real food. Eat a whole food, an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory diet con­sist­ing mostly of or­ganic veg­eta­bles, fruits, grass-fed meats, healthy fats (av­o­ca­dos, co­conut oil, grass­fed but­ter), anti-in­flam­ma­tory herbs like turmeric, gar­lic, etc.

Re­move food sen­si­tiv­i­ties. Food sen­si­tiv­i­ties can be vast – from to­ma­toes, rice, and gar­lic to straw­ber­ries, seeds, beef or dairy. Tak­ing a food sen­si­tiv­ity test can help to de­ter­mine what foods to re­move from your diet to com­bat the in­flam­ma­tion. Con­tact me for more in­for­ma­tion on get­ting this type of test amiee@na­mas­tewell­ness.ca.

Heal your gut lin­ing. If you have leaky gut then we need to stop the leak­ing. Get­ting pro­bi­otic rich foods in your diet is key to a healthy gut. Ke­fir, live sauer­kraut, kim­chi, miso, kom­bucha are great live fer­mented foods. Bone broth is an­other heal­ing food. Make a stock with bones from grass-fed meats, but slowly and gen­tly cooked in a slow cooker for over sev­eral days to get the added min­er­als and col­la­gen.

You may also have other di­ges­tive is­sues such as lack of en­zymes and stom­ach acid. Th­ese are also key to a healthy gut. Test­ing to see if you have th­ese is­sues is im­por­tant. Con­tact me for more in­for­ma­tion on test­ing at amiee@na­mas­tewell­ness.ca.

If you have any ques­tions or need more guid­ance on au­toim­mune dis­eases please feel free to email me at amiee@na­mas­tewell­ness.ca.

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