Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own cells and tissues, leading to inflammation and damage. The exact causes aren’t fully understood, but there are known factors that contribute to having an autoimmune.
Some people have questions around why they might feel the way they do or why they were 'diagnosed' with an autoimmune. It can definitely be overwhelming and a little stressful at first when you learn that you have one. I’ve found it helpful to be educated as much as I can and learn how to best serve my body and my health.
Although each autoimmune has it's own flavor, many of them show up in our bodies from these factors:
✨Genetic Predisposition: family history = higher risk (doesn’t mean you’re destined, just means you may have some genes that can ‘turn on’ when lifestyle factors aren’t so hot)
✨Environmental Triggers: infections, exposure to toxins, chemicals, and pollutants, as well as dietary factors.
✨Hormonal Influence: Hormonal changes, particularly in women, can influence the risk of autoimmune diseases
✨Chronic Stress: can lead to inflammation and affect the body's ability to regulate the immune response
✨Gut Health: imbalance in the gut microbiota can potentially trigger immune responses that contribute to autoimmune conditions
✨Smoking and Environmental Exposures: increase the risk of autoimmune diseases
It's important to know that there are so many different autoimmune diseases that have different causes and triggers. You may not be able to pinpoint to just one factor unfortunately.
The important thing though is to learn what causes the triggers in your body and how to best avoid them for your own health and wellbeing! Our goal is to feel good at the end of the day; that’s all we want. Slowly take away and reintroduce to your body certain triggers to determine what upsets your body. Over time, you’ll get more in tune with your body and learn what to avoid and what’s okay to have!