Our immune system is ideally designed to attack 2 things:
1. Outside invaders like viruses, bacteria, parasites and other infections.
2. Internal invaders like cancer cells.
In some people, the immune system has a glitch. Instead of attacking invading bad guys, it attacks our own healthy tissue. This is what’s called an autoimmune condition.
There are many kinds of autoimmune conditions. They are mostly described by the tissue they attack. For instance, rheumatoid arthritis attacks our joints, type 1 diabetes attacks our pancreas, ulcerative and Crohn’s colitis attacks our colon, just to name a few. There are other autoimmune conditions like lupus that attack many types of tissue throughout our body – these are sometimes called mixed connective tissue diseases.
Autoimmune conditions are strongly associated with inflammation. As such, the goals of diet approaches for autoimmune conditions are to restore regular immune function and to lower inflammation in the body. Some suggest that eating less sugars and sweeteners, refined carbohydrates and refined wheat products can help. Less dairy and alcohol may also help.