There are no less than 80 types of autoimmune disorder. Although the name by which they are known may vary, the symptoms of an autoimmune disorder (or disease) remain relatively constant. These include
- Chest pain
- Hair loss
- Mouth ulcers
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen and painful joints
- Red rashes on the body and face
As the name implies, autoimmune diseases compromise the immune system, causing it to damage the affected area or areas. The body’s ability to protect itself from infections is compromised. As a result, immune system cells adhere to various areas of the body, such as joints, tissues, nerves, organs and glands, damaging the area or areas.
Common autoimmune diseases include lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Inflammatory bowel disease, Graves’ disease, celiac disease and type 1 diabetes are also classified as autoimmune diseases. The disease begins during adulthood and women are more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder than men.
Diet and Autoimmune Disorders:
An intensified inflammatory response is a common symptom of an autoimmune disorder. Overproduction of cytokines causes inflammation of body tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an example of this effect. Excess cytokines in the joints cause pain and inflammation.
“Therefore, dietary management is an important aspect of the treatment of autoimmune disorders”.
Of course, you will also want to know what foods to avoid. With this in mind, let’s go to the main point of this article. There are Eight Foods You Should Never Eat if You Have an Autoimmune Disorder:
Although we know that the crunchy dough that forms the top layer of fried food is unhealthy, high temperature is what fuels the inflammatory response. Fried foods are cooked between 350 and 375 degrees. This produces a neurotoxic chemical called acrylamide that forms along with the mass. According to a study published in the journal Toxicology Letters, neurotoxin causes oxidative stress (which causes cellular damage) through the inflammatory response.
White flour products, also known as “refined carbohydrates,” break down rapidly during digestion and cause an increase in blood sugar. A sudden increase in blood sugar stimulates an aggressive inflammatory response. This often causes symptoms of swelling, joint pain and muscle aches common in autoimmune diseases.
Frequently, you can find trans fats in cookies, crackers, donuts, processed snacks, fried foods and fast foods. (Look for the words “partially hydrogenated” on the label.) Numerous studies have linked trans fat and systematic and prolonged inflammation.
Although one or two drinks can be healthy, scientists claim that excessive alcohol consumption causes systematic inflammation. In addition, according to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology: “chronic inflammation is often associated with alcohol-related medical conditions.” It is believed that alcohol causes inflammation through interactions with bacteria (“microflora”) in the intestine.
The polyunsaturated fatty acid structure of vegetable oils promotes oxidative cell damage. In addition, vegetable oil, due to high levels of omega-6 fatty acid content, promotes an exacerbated inflammatory response. Vegetable oils include corn, canola (rapeseed), peanut, safflower, sesame, sunflower and soybean oils.
Processed meat includes all meat cooked at high temperature, including bacon, beef jerky, ham, smoked meat and sausages. All processed meat contains high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGE) and other inflammatory compounds. Evidence suggests that AGEs are related to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure.
Monosodic Glutamate (GMS):
In a study published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, Japanese researchers found that mice that had been injected with monosodium glutamate (GMS) developed liver lesions. Worse, research suggests that the conditions produced by mice treated with GMS are similar to two known disease pathways in humans: non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NASH). The findings were serious enough for scientists to recommend a possible elimination of monosodium glutamate from the food chain.
The Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in beverages, medicines and food (although it is mainly associated with light refreshments). Despite obtaining approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981, researchers have questioned its safety. After examining research papers published over a period of 16 years (2000-2016), a study published in the journal Nutrition Reviews cites numerous potential side effects of aspartame. These include cellular damage, deterioration of cellular function and systematic inflammation. Some research states that aspartame can qualify as a neurotoxin.
Bonus: 5 Foods That Help Inflammation:
According to the latest scientific research, here are five of the best foods to fight inflammation and reduce this symptom of an autoimmune disorder.
Broccoli: The broccoli contains the potent antioxidant glutathione, which serves as a potent anti – inflammatory and antioxidant.
Curcumin: The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is a favorite of the Arthritis Foundation. The organization cites the active suppression of arthritis symptoms, including inflammation, and joint pain and stiffness.
Flaxseed: The omega-3 has powerful properties regulating the immune system. Flaxseed is one of the best sources of this fatty acid.
Green tea: Preliminary research suggests that the high concentration of the compound EGCG in green tea may help prevent – and even potentially help treat – autoimmune disorders.
Halibut: Only a regular portion of halibut contains a whole day of vitamin D, which can help with lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.