Your body is made up of trillions of cells. Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things. They provide structure of the body, take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy and carry out specialized functions. Cells also contain the body’s hereditary material and can make copies of themselves. So, how does cellular toxicity influence the immune system?
It’s hard to grasp how important cellular health is. In fact, maybe when you hear the words “cellular health” you think of a science lesson or an article in a medical journal. However, cells make up our very being. We would not exist without cells. Cells directly affect how our body functions, repairs itself, how well it produces new body tissue, and much more.
It’s important to know:
- All living things are made of cells
- Cells are the basic units of life
- All cells only come from other cells
Unfortunately, cells can become damaged. Once a cell is damaged, it can cause dysfunction and disease. Oftentimes, that dysfunction can lead to autoimmune conditions.
Autoimmune conditions, in which the body’s immune system attacks itself, are the fastest-growing epidemic on the planet, yet most people have no idea they have these conditions. Many are spending thousands of dollars looking for answers as to why they are not feeling well, and even more on solutions that will not ultimately help them feel well enough to say they are better.
Some of the most common conditions associated with autoimmune diseases include: eczema, celiac disease, colitis, Crohn’s disease, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, leaky gut, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and many more.
According to the Global Autoimmune Institute, There are 80-100 known autoimmune diseases, and many more conditions are autoimmune-related or include suspected autoimmune components. Many autoimmune diseases overlap, or exhibit comorbidities and coexisting symptoms. If you have three or more autoimmune diseases, this is known as Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS).
To date, testing for autoimmune conditions remains in the “Stone Age”. By the time someone tests positive for an autoimmune condition, their body’s immune system has been causing inflammation and a host of unwanted symptoms for 10-20 years. Even with a correct diagnosis, often the answer is steroids and drugs, which kill the immune system. Usually these treatments barely help to relieve symptoms. Patients are given the medications with the disclaimer that there is no cure, and nothing can be done except staying on the medications and managing the symptoms.
Hope is not lost; there is another way. When we get to the true cause of illness and remove it, the body can heal. The greatest problem with autoimmune disease is that no one is looking “upstream” to get to the real cause. The truth is, exciting and emerging science now exists that provides new answers and solutions to healing autoimmune conditions.
It’s true genetics play a part in autoimmune conditions. However, we now know, thanks to Epigenetics, that genes can be turned on or off depending on environmental factors. Things like toxic exposure, chemical stress, poor diet, and lifestyle can actually trigger susceptibility. Changing gene expression and healing from an autoimmune condition can only happen when we can cleanse and fix the cell. There is truth to the fact that you are only as healthy as your cells, and in this case your DNA.
Another factor contributing to autoimmune disease is what is known as “the perfect storm” of stressors that come together and trigger illness. As physical, chemical, and emotional stressors accumulate, finally our body can no longer adapt. It can be any combination of stressors that cause the storm. For example, mercury from amalgam fillings, a biotoxin from a moldy home, a bacterial, viral, or Lyme infection. The combination of stressors becomes the perfect storm which triggers an illness.
The third factor we want to discuss is the microbiome. The microbiome is our inner-ecosystem of bacteria that occupy our digestive tract. New research is showing that these microbes are there for more than just aiding in digesting food and maintaining good gut health. We now know if certain bacteria are missing, or are present in very low numbers, our immune system will go on a vicious attack against our tissue (autoimmunity).
Another aspect of how bacteria in the gut can cause autoimmune and other bizarre symptoms and diseases is a condition known as leaky gut. A gut with too many bad bacteria and not enough good (dysbiosis), is a gut that has gaps and holes. Undigested proteins such as gluten and other toxins leak across the gut and into the bloodstream. The immune system responds by driving more inflammation, and therefore causing autoimmunity. More and more research verifies that a leaky gut, driven by a poor microbiome is a significant part of the cause of autoimmune conditions and must be fixed for the immune system to regulate.
Changing gene expression, eliminating stressors, and fixing the gut and the microbiome must all happen to achieve wellness. You can see that all three were part of the cause, so it makes sense that addressing each one must be part of the solution.
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