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What Can Trigger an Autoimmune Disease?

No one wants an autoimmune disease, yet unfortunately, all too many folks already have one. Autoimmune conditions have rapidly grown over the past years, with over 50 million people living with some type of autoimmune disorder. Let us look into what some of these leading triggers are.


Gluten is a protein that is discovered in barley, wheat, rye, spelt, and additional grains, and is scientifically connected with a higher risk of autoimmunity. Most folks and their physicians think you must have celiac disease to be gluten intolerant. As their labs for celiac return negative, they’re told that avoiding gluten isn’t necessary. The antiquated misinformation will keep most folks struggling with an autoimmune condition and feeling unnecessarily ill.

Gluten-free grains

Most folks who have autoimmune issues already stay away gluten, yet still ingest non-gluten grain food sources such as oats, corn, and rice. As well-intentioned as this might be, such grains may be just as damaging as gluten, for those who are sensitive to them (it’s common with individuals susceptible to autoimmune problems).

The reason is that the proteins within these grains are similar to gluten, and an over-reactive immune system might mistake them for gluten and start an attack. Like with gluten sensitivities, symptoms don’t need to be gastrointestinal in nature. A flare-up of any symptom may arise with grain exposure.


A favorite within the health community, so-called pseudo-grains such as quinoa are high in proteins referred to as saponins, and they may be inflammatory and damaging to your gut lining and cause an immune response inside the body. Rinsing and soaking quinoa may decrease the gut-damaging effect, yet for most who have severe autoimmune conditions this isn’t sufficient and avoiding quinoa entirely is a more efficient plan to quell this symptom and inflammation response.


Stress will have far-reaching effects upon your health and one of them includes influencing the activity and health of your immune system. Studies have discovered chronic mental stress to be an autoimmune disease trigger, and accordingly, most people with the condition noticed the onset of their health issues during a difficult time in their lives. The loss of a loved one, caring for an elderly parent, or divorce may be the tipping point for autoimmune responses. Stress management methods such as meditation and deep breathing may assist in reversing stress responses.


We reside inside a toxic world. The environment has been overwhelmed with toxins which weren’t known just a century ago. Research has proven that toxins play a part in autoimmune cases like autoimmune thyroiditis. Avoiding exposure to toxins as much as possible gives the body a better opportunity to detoxify.


It shouldn’t be any shock that sugar is on the list; however, I am not simply talking about stereotypical junk food. There are several “healthy” junk foods which aren’t good for autoimmune conditions, even if they’re labelled as so-called health food sources.

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