How This Health Coach Became Healthy
Updated: Jun 15
People always ask me how I've managed to live symptom-free without being on lupus medication. The truth is, it's easier than you think. It just takes persistence, patience, and the belief that you're worthy of good health. I suffered for nearly 15 years from chronic debilitating pain before I learned how to take control of my health. When I first began my wellness journey, I took baby steps. But my drive to find effective solutions became greater than the pain itself and I became more deliberate and consistent about living a healthier lifestyle. I started studying everything I could about natural treatments and even went back to school to study integrative nutrition and energy medicine. What I've learned over the past several years is that health does not happen in the doctor's office. True health begins in our own home.
If you're ready to start living symptom-free but don't know where to start, keep reading, because I'm going to share with you my number one non-negotiable habit that you too can start implementing to reduce your chronic symptoms. So what have I done that’s helped me live pain-free, symptom-free, and medication-free? I’ve completely eliminated gluten from my diet! This is the most important thing you can do for your health if you're suffering from any type of autoimmune condition, because the foods we eat play a HUGE role in the promotion or reduction of chronic disease states, including lupus. And here’s why…
Gluten is a protein found in grains, particularly in wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. Within the last 50 years, our modern wheat has become so hybridized, crossbred, and ladened with chemical fertilizers and pesticides that it's causing many of the health problems we're seeing today. According to the USDA Pesticide Data Program, traces of sixteen pesticides were found on wheat flour. Not only are we seeing these harmful pesticides in our food supply, but we are also finding these chemicals in our bloodstream and embedded within our tissue. The other problem with gluten based products is the lack of nutrients and lack of fermentation of our wheat. The ancient and natural process of making food from wheat, such as breads and pasta, requires slow fermentation, thereby increasing healthy microbes which support the breakdown of gluten when consumed. Without these healthy microbes, however, gluten is very difficult to digest. Constant exposure to undigested gluten protein produces irritation and inflammation in the digestive system, causing gaps to form within the wall lining of the small intestines. This condition is known in the medical community as Increased Intestinal Permeability, aka Leaky Gut Syndrome. Since 70% of our immune system is located in our gut, autoimmunity occurs when small traces of gluten leak out of the small intestines and into the bloodstream, thus, triggering an immune response. Since undigested food should not be found anywhere in our bloodstream, the immune system activates antibodies and alarms pro-inflammatory cytokines and lymphocytes to attack the "foreign" invader, in this case, the gluten protein. These antibodies begin to also attack various systems including joints and organs during the cleanup process because gluten molecules resemble human tissue. Once this occurs, disease and chronic symptoms begin to show up. Many illnesses and conditions, including autoimmunity, have been linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Doctor Alessio Fasano, a pioneering researcher on gluten, autoimmunity and leaky gut found that most people who suffered from an autoimmune condition invariably had leaky gut syndrome. His research found that gluten and other environmental factors promote the secretion of zonulin protein which increases intestinal permeability. These discoveries lead him to the Leaky Gut Theory of Autoimmunity in 2000 which basically states that autoimmunity cannot occur unless leaky gut is present. In other words, leaky gut is the precursor to autoimmune disease. So you might be asking yourself “why hasn’t my doctor shared this with me?” The truth is, unless your doctor is up-to-date on the latest medical research, he or she may not even be aware of the connection between gut health, food, and autoimmune disease. And unfortunately, because modern medicine is closely tied to the pharmaceutical industry, doctors are not taught about the benefits of using food as medicine while in medical school; but instead, they are taught to promote pharmaceutical drugs, which we know have terrible side effects and don’t get to the root cause of our problems. But here's the good news. Now that you know the root cause of autoimmunity, you have the power to reverse your symptoms. Hippocrates, the father of medicine stated “All disease begins in the gut.” And he was right! Your gut health reflects your overall health, so that’s where we must begin. The first step to healing your gut is removing gluten from your diet since it’s the biggest culprit of autoimmune disease and is the most highly consumed commodity. It’s important that gluten be removed entirely because even small trace amounts can trigger an immune response and can stay circulating in your system for up to one year. Repairing your digestive system and putting your symptoms into remission requires not only dietary changes but includes additional lifestyle modifications.
If you're ready to kick out autoimmune disease for good, contact me for a complimentary wellness consultation!
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