This package is for you, if you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition of the digestive tract, for example coeliac disease, Crohn's or colitis.
My aim is to help you to understand which underlying factors could be contributing to your symptoms, and work with you to create a personalised diet and lifestyle plan to address these – so that you start to feel better in yourself.
Rather than solely tackling symptoms, however, my approach a holistic one – aiming to identify and address underlying imbalances that are contributing to your autoimmunity using my framework for immune harmony as a guide. This considers all the body systems, your environment, and your thoughts and emotions. At the same time, we will work to support your nutrient status, and your digestive function.
The programme includes a blood spot vitamin D test, as vitamin D plays a huge role in immune function and gut barrier health; and a functional test to examine your digestive function, the presence of any inflammation or infection in your digestive tract, and the population of gut bacteria, which can influence digestive and immune health.
In order to get greater insight into what factors are playing a role, so our programme can focus on the things that will make the biggest difference to your wellbeing, I may also recommend further functional tests.
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Before we start, you must understand that there is no cure for IBD or coeliac disease. Autoimmunity is something that you will be living with forever, and flares of your symptoms are likely to occur.
Nutritional therapy can help to address underlying imbalances that are contributing to your symptoms however: supporting your immune system – for example helping to reduce inflammation, and improve immune tolerance; and your digestive system – supporting gut healing, digestion and nutrient absorption, for starters, as well as identifying foods and other factors that could be exacerbating your symptoms.
This is a journey – not a race. If you have been living with gut autoimmunity for a long while, particularly if it took a long time for diagnosis – it will take time for your body to get over the damage, and the consequences of that damage. In some cases, permanent removal of a particular food is necessary or advisable. However, if this is the case, I have a wealth of personal experience in following restricted diets – which don’t feel restrictive!
Many times, the initial resolution of symptoms can require following a modified diet for a period of time. However, even modified diets can be varied and tasty! The long term aim however is to use this period to work on supporting the underlying imbalances that are contributing to your symptoms, so that in due course you can broaden your diet again.