Autoimmune Diseases

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Can a Nutritionist-Dietitian  Help With Autoimmune Conditions?

Yes, working with a registered dietitian can help improve symptoms and quality of life in many autoimmune conditions. There are evidence-based nutrition recommendations for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,  Lupus, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and thyroid disease, to name a few.

Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system mistakenly targets healthy cells, causing damage to various organs and body systems, like your digestive tract, skin, or thyroid gland. Over time, this causes inflammation, resulting in symptoms like fatigue, digestive upset, weight changes, and joint pain.

Hyperthyroidism,  Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto, Graves Disease

The most common thyroid condition is hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. In the United States, hypothyroidism usually is caused by an autoimmune response known as Hashimoto’s disease or autoimmune thyroiditis.

Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid gland, is another common thyroid condition. The most prevalent form is Graves’ disease in which the body’s autoimmune response causes the thyroid gland to produce too much T3 and T4. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include weight loss, high blood pressure, diarrhea, and a rapid heartbeat.

Hashimoto’s is more common than Graves’ disease, but both are referred to as autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD)

A goiter, or enlargement of the thyroid gland, can be caused by hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, excessive or inadequate intake of iodine in the diet, or thyroid cancer

Nutrition Therapy by Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist 

There is evidence that nutrition therapy can play a role in reducing inflammation in autoimmune conditions. When searching for a nutritionist/Dietician, you’ll want to select a provider with the proper credentials. Healing Favor Nutrition will help you find  A registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) specializing in autoimmune disorders is ideal.

HFN dietitian-nutritionist will provide you a personalized anti-inflammatory nutrition meal/Diet  Plan and education.

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