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Nutritional Nuggets: Nine Big Culprits Behind The Rise of Autoimmune Disease

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:42:02 AM EST by Alyssa Tait

Autoimmune disease is exploding: Hashimoto’s, Graves, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s…but why? 

One major factor in the development of autoimmunity is increased intestinal permeability.

Or, in fewer letters: leaky gut.

If your gut is a mosquito net, imagine puncturing a few small holes in it: that’s leaky gut. Sounds minor, but as anyone who has had a holey mosquito net when camping can attest, it’s a BIG deal.

Leaky gut exists in such diverse autoimmune diseases as type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and coeliac disease.

But what causes the leaky gut? Lots of things.

Alcohol is a big one, but it’s temporary.

Aspirin and anti-inflammatories.


Too much glucose and salt.

Weird additives used in food processing like organic solvents, nanoparticles and microbial transglutaminase. (Hint: stop eating packaged processed food.

But the one I really want to harp on about? Imbalance of gut bacteria.

Lousy gut flora is a big trigger for leaky gut.

And the causes of this?



The Pill.


“But I have not had antibiotics for thirty years, and then only once!”

Oh yeah? How’s this then:

Being born in the age of antibiotics when they were used by all ancestors over multiple generations.

Luckily, manipulating the gut microbiome and using specific nutritional strategies can sew up those little holes in the mosquito net. Keep an eye out for future blog posts on this topic.

Or to cut to the chase, see your trusty functional nutritionist. Skype appointments available.



About Alyssa Tait

Alyssa runs Equilibria Physiotherapy & Nutrition, a clinic focusing on integrative solutions for pelvic health issues including all types of pelvic pain, bladder and bowel issues, fertility, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Alyssa’s website www.equilibriahealth.com.au is an information hub related to all things relating to the function of the female pelvis.

She aims to help as many people as possible restore balance to their pelvis through education, effective treatment and empowering lifestyle choices.

Alyssa enjoys playing the clarinet and rollerblading, though (much to the gratitude of her patients), not while she is consulting.

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