In a recent episode of the Heal Squad x Maria Menounos podcast, Dr. Amy Myers joined the show to discuss the causes of autoimmune disorders and how to achieve remission. Dr. Myers is a well-known, functional medicine practitioner and best-selling author who has helped patients overcome autoimmune conditions. During the episode, she shared her insights on autoimmune disorder triggers and offered tips for achieving remission.
What are Auto-Immune Disorders?
Autoimmune disorders happen when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. This action causes inflammation and damage. Some of the most common autoimmune disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and celiac disease. According to Dr. Myers, the causes of autoimmune disorders are a combination of genes, environment, and lifestyle.
Dr. Amy Meyers’s Causes for Autoimmune Disorders
Firstly, one of the most significant environmental factors is a leaky gut. A leaky gut occurs when the lining of the small intestine allows toxins, bacteria, and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream. This triggers an immune response, leading to inflammation and damage throughout the body. To heal a leaky gut, Dr. Myers recommends eliminating common allergens from the diet, such as gluten, dairy, and soy, and incorporating things like bone broth, fermented foods, and collagen peptides.
In addition, a lifestyle habit that can contribute to autoimmune disorders is chronic stress. When we experience stress, the body releases cortisol, a hormone that can suppress the immune system and increase inflammation. Chronic stress can also disrupt the balance of gut bacteria, leading to a leaky gut. To reduce stress, Dr. Myers suggests incorporating stress-reducing practices like meditation, deep breathing, and gentle exercises like walking or yoga.
In addition to environmental factors and lifestyle habits, Dr. Myers recommends supporting the body’s natural detoxification process. Toxins from the environment, such as pesticides, heavy metals, and plastics, can gather in the body and contribute to inflammation and autoimmune disorders. To support detoxification, Dr. Myers suggests incorporating foods like leafy greens, vegetables, and berries, and supplementing with nutrients like glutathione and N-acetylcysteine.
Consult with a Professional
Finally, Dr. Myers emphasizes the importance of working with a qualified healthcare practitioner who can help identify the root cause of autoimmune disorders and provide a personalized treatment plan. This may include functional lab testing, targeted supplements, and dietary changes.
In conclusion, achieving remission from autoimmune disorders requires a functional and holistic approach that addresses the root cause of the condition. Key tips for achieving remission include healing a leaky gut, reducing chronic stress, supporting detoxification, and working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. By implementing these tips, individuals with autoimmune disorders can achieve improved health and quality of life.
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