Southern California Integrative Wellness Center

Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body. A common thread among all autoimmune diseases is inflammation. 

So, the key to holistically managing autoimmune disorders to consume more anti-inflammatory foods. 

Today, we will go over a few dietary changes that will help you treat your autoimmune disorder. 

How Does Nutrition Influence Autoimmune Disease? 

About 70 percent of our immune system is located in the gut, so if you’re experiencing flare-ups and increased inflammation, part of the issue may be what you’re consuming. When your gut’s microbiome is disturbed, it can impact autoimmunity. 

Not only does the food you eat affect your gut’s balance but it could even cause some autoimmune diseases. According to a 2014 study published in Autoimmune Diseases, some amino acids found in milk can mimic collagen and bring on rheumatoid arthritis. 

Healing Autoimmune Disease With Dietary Changes

These helpful nutrition tips from a holistic medicine perspective can help you adopt a diet that reduces inflammation and alleviate symptoms:

  • Increase Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Eating fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon or cod is known to decrease inflammation in the body. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, look into adding an omega-3 supplement. 
  • Exclude/Limit Dairy
  • Products made with cow’s milk can trigger inflammation. Some anecdotal evidence suggests that eliminating dairy products may reverse some autoimmune conditions.
  • Focus on Healthy Plant Foods
  • You should incorporate a variety of clean foods like green leafy vegetables, berries, and nuts. Specifically, blueberries, kale, peppers, and almonds pack the most anti-inflammatory power. 
  • Avoid Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils
  • This type of fat triggers the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals.
  • Limit Gluten
  • Whether you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, cutting out gluten can help improve autoimmune diseases. 

We would also recommend addressing possible vitamin deficiencies. According to a 2018 review published in Nutrients, a vitamin D deficiency in those with autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increased inflammation. 

Also, a 2016 study found that those with multiple sclerosis tend to have lower blood levels of vitamin A. 

If you have an autoimmune disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out to a holistic medicine specialist. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ed, send us a message or call 310-888-7778.