As a health practitioner specializing in nutrition for gut health and autoimmune disease, it’s remarkable how often I witness a significant disconnect between my patients’ concerns about developing autoimmune issues and my focus helping them manage their stress. In this article, we will explore the profound impact that stress can have on the immune system and how understanding this connection can help you reduce systemic inflammation and in some cases, even prevent autoimmune flares.
Understanding The Impact Of Stress On Autoimmune Issues
Stress, especially when acute, can have a noticeable impact on our immune system. From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense that acute stress can temporarily upregulate our immune system. However, chronic stress can suppress the immune system, leading to fatigue, confusion of immune-related cells, and ultimately contributing to the onset of autoimmune diseases. Moreover, stress increases our utilization of essential vitamins and minerals, potentially leading to micronutrient deficiencies that further contribute to chronic diseases and hormonal imbalances.
The Immune System And Autoimmune Diseases
When the immune system isn’t functioning properly, immune-related cells can fail to do their job, resulting in the immune system attacking its own body’s cells. This destructive behavior can contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases and systemic inflammation. It’s important to recognize the symptoms that arise when the immune system is out of balance, such as fatigue, digestive issues, recurring headaches or migraines, brain fog or memory issues, and increased susceptibility to infections. These symptoms are the body’s way of communicating with us, and it is essential to listen and respond to them with care.
If you are experiencing symptoms related to autoimmune issues, I encourage you to start tracking them using a symptom tracker. This tool can help you better understand the severity, frequency, and patterns of your symptoms, helping identify triggers and potential solutions. Additionally, it’s crucial to consider factors within your control, insufficient sleep, exercise imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, and inflammatory diets. By addressing these factors and managing stress through personalized strategies, you can support your immune system and reduce systemic inflammation.
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Orli Rabin is a registered Dietitian, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Miri Expert
Orli recently joined Miri to help people like you get the resources and tools they need to live healthy and happy. Specializing in nutrition for gut health and autoimmune disease, her work focuses on anti-inflammatory nutrition, optimizing gut health and lowering personal levels of physical toxic load.