AUTOIMMUNITY – The Body’s Attack On Itself!

by | Jul 14, 2017 | Immune System

AUTOIMMUNITY – The Body’s Attack On Itself!

by | Jul 14, 2017 | Immune System


Autoimmunity is basically when the body’s immune system is attacking itself! This attack can be on any number of areas in the body and some autoimmune conditions are more debilitating than others. Whilst not all autoimmune  conditions will reveal elevated antinuclear antibodies (ANA), many do and so this is one way of revealing if this is a problem for you. ANA levels can be elevated for years before symptoms appear and therefore can be part of a prevention strategy. If you have symptoms of fatigue, aches and pains which can’t really be explained then ANA levels should be on your testing checklist.


There seems to be a genetic tendency toward autoimmunity. Not everyone’s autoimmunity is triggered by the same things, below are some of the very important areas that we investigate to assess what the major cause might be:

  • Digestive issues are one of the most important areas to zone in on with autoimmunity, you may or may not know you have issues in this area, and thats ok because there are fantastic tests that can reveal this information for us (see below).
  • Infection can also trigger autoimmunity and this ties in with some of the digestive investigations but also may not be isolated to this area.
  • There is research which shows an association between heavy metal exposure, which can also be tested.
  • Hormones imbalances are often missed in autoimmune investigations, particularly estrogen and prolactin issues.
  • Many people with autoimmunity can have a problem with gluten (the protein found in many grains). Celiac disease, gluten intolerance or non celiac gluten sensitivity can be an issue. Its worth noting that the gold standard diagnosis of celiac disease can only be done via a biopsy (endoscopy) through a gastroenterologist, whilst there are many people who have gluten issues who are not celiacs its good to know where you fit, as treatment varies.
  • Allergies and food intolerances can play a role in autoimmune conditions beyond just a gluten problem.

Check out more info on autoimmune here.



Is Your Immune System Healthy?

  • Do you get sick more than twice per year?
  • Do you find it hard to recover when you get sick?
  • Do you feel run down?
  • Do you have an autoimmune condition or allergies?
  • Do you feel tired?
  • Do you suffer with sinus or nasal drip?
  • Do you have a low white cell count?

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