Autoimmune Diseases and Food Sensitivities
September 24, 2019 at 1:51 PM / by Dr. Chris Meletis, ND
A leaky gut can lead to the initiation and progression of autoimmune disease, especially in people who are genetically predisposed. Autoimmune diseases associated with increased intestinal permeability include
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Celiac disease
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Multiple sclerosis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
In type 1 diabetes, impaired intestinal barrier function has been shown to occur before the onset of the disease, indicating it may play a role in the pathogenesis. Moreover, lipopolysaccharides (LPS), a cell wall component of gram-negative bacteria, can penetrate the intestinal epithelium and translocate into tissues, triggering the development and progression of SLE. The resolution of intestinal permeability through the use of probiotic organisms is a promising approach to supporting the health of people with autoimmune diseases.
Clinically I find that identify specifically which foods are truly agreeable with each of our unique patients is essential. Testing IgG, IgA and IgE are all important ways to eliminate guessing whether a specific food is “an antigenic and immune burden.” As clinicians we all know food is either our best friend or worse enemy.
Make sure to check out US BioTek's webinar on the link between leaky gut and food allergies/sensitivities.
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