The NIH states about 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disorder and according to the AARDA, about 75% of them are women. An autoimmune disorder is when the body’s own immune system is attacking it’s own cells. For example, if someone has Hashimoto’s the immune system attacks the thyroid, in Rheumatoid Arthritis the joints, and in Celiac Disease the intestines. Lupus is another common autoimmune disorder in women that affects multiple tissues in the body such as the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, and lungs. It’s becoming more prevalent that women with these disorders (and may also have PCOS or endometriosis), are having trouble getting pregnant and/or staying pregnant.
There are three factors that has to occur in the development of Autoimmune disorders, stated by Dr. Alessio Fasano:
1. Intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”).
3. Triggering event.
Knowing these three factors can direct the approach towards healing the body and putting the autoimmune disorder into remission.
First the focus should be on healing the gut, then supporting the immune system, learning about epigenetics which are lifestyle and environmental factors that can affect our genes, and lastly discovering the triggering event. For women with autoimmune disorders, I want you to know that there is hope! If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant, contact us to help you figure out the root cause and ways to guide you and help nourish your body for a healthy pregnancy. Also, share with anyone who would find benefit from this.
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