Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. 700 million people worldwide are 

estimated to be suffering from them.  Dealing with an autoimmune disease can be overwhelming, frustrating and debilitating. The diagnosis of autoimmune diseases often come with no recommended course of action.

Interesting fact 1: Did you know that 78% of people worldwide with autoimmune diseases are women.

When you have an autoimmune disease your body recognises your tissue and organs as foreign.   It then produces antibodies to attack its own body’s tissues. 


Interesting fact 2:  Did you know there are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases.  Some of the more common ones are:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Celiac disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBS, Crohns)
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Graves’ disease
  • Type 1 diabetes.

Interesting fact 3:  Did you know that there is no answer to what causes an autoimmune disease but there are three things that play a role:

  • Genetics
  • Infections
  • Environmental facts such as diet, toxins and balancing the gut.

With no established cure for autoimmune diseases in existence it has been shown in research that lifestyle changes and particularly food choices can assist and in some cases reverse many autoimmune diseases. 

Interesting fact 4: Due to the research done in this area, science is showing that food can play a major part in helping people who suffer with autoimmune diseases to reduce the symptoms and heal the body.

Interesting fact 5:  Most doctors will turn to medication, to assist their patient to deal with this inflammation.  All these medications do is mask your inflammation and create other side effects.

Interesting fact 6:  There are three areas to assist in reducing body inflammation.

  • Improving your gut health
  • Eating more vegetables 
  • Using beneficial spices like ginger, turmeric and garlic.

Autoimmune diseases are impacted by what you eat and the environment around you.  Understanding how your body reacts to food and the environment is a giant step to improving your situation.  How would you like to work with people who can assist you to understand how to move through and improve?  Lisa Strickland at Gold Coast Health Coaching is experienced in living with autoimmune issues and understands first hand your frustrations.  Visit to hear her story or call her direct on 0423 678 114 and start working towards a happier and healthier you!

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