The immune system is your body’s defense against attacks from organisms or substances that can make you sick.
The primary defenders in this protective system are your white blood cells, leukocytes that include phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes envelop and destroy invasive elements, such as bacteria, dust and viruses. Lymphocytes remember invaders, allowing your body to recognize and destroy them if they reappear.
Something Goes Wrong
Normally, the immune system works to protect your body. But with the onset of autoimmune disorders, the immune system malfunctions and becomes the attacker. It may produce immune cells or antibodies that go after healthy cells, tissue, organs or other body systems and components. It’s as though this defense system is suddenly unable to differentiate between what is invading the body and the body itself.
What causes this to happen is basically unknown, but it is believed to be related to genetic and environmental factors and their interactions. Whatever triggers the dysfunction of the immune system, just like the underlying cause of most diseases, inflammation seems to be present.
But it’s not the normal inflammatory response that heals injured tissues. The immune system is creating inflammation in healthy tissue and doing damage that results in autoimmune diseases.
The Dysfunctional Inflammatory Response
An autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis creates inflammation in the body’s connective tissues. In lupus, many parts of the body become affected by inflammation. Inflammatory bowel disease is named for its relationship with inflammation.
And then there’s celiac disease. At least with this disorder, the trigger is known: gluten. This protein is found in certain grains, most notably in wheat because of its dominant presence in so many foods.
For those with celiac disease, eating foods that contain gluten triggers the immune system to create inflammation in the small intestine, damaging the villi, finger-like structures that absorb nutrients in foods.
The combination of inflammation and inadequate absorption of essential nutrients is a recipe for poor health. Abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and food intolerances are some of the discomforts that make life miserable for people with celiac disease.
The Autoimmune Protocol Diet
In the world of diets, from weight loss to Paleo and gluten-free, there is even a diet specifically designed to reduce inflammation, helping to relieve the symptoms of autoimmune disorders.
Based on the Paleo diet of eating fish, meat, nuts, seeds and vegetables, the autoimmune protocol diet is much more strict, eliminating foods that cause inflammation in the gut and choosing nutrient-dense foods only.
The AIM Protocol
While never professing to provide cures, for over 37 years, AIM has provided a selection of whole-food powders that help to reduce inflammation while delivering impressive concentrations of natural nutrients.
Traditional BarleyLife, Just Carrots and RediBeets are very suitable for people with auto-immune disorders, especially celiac disease. All three plant-based supplements are gluten-free, fitting the food intake required for those with gluten issues. Besides, powders are easily assimilated by the body, so they are ideal for those whose digestive systems are compromised by poor nutrient absorption.
A natural health product such as AIMega contains essential fatty acids that are essential for balancing inflammation in the body.
FloraFood supports a healthy gut with probiotics that increase the population of friendly bacteria. One of the unfriendly species of bacteria, Enterococcus gallinarum, has been identified as an initiator of antibody and inflammation production outside of the gut.
The prebiotic fiber in fit ’n fiber provides essential food for good bacteria, and a high-fiber intake reduces inflammation. It all adds up to the AIM protocol of giving your body the natural nutrients it needs to keep your immune system strong so that you stay healthy.
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