Genetics accounts for only about 10% of the risk of developing an autoimmune condition. 1 Inflammatory environmental factors (aka root causes or triggers), which lead to intestinal hyperpermeability (aka a leaky gut), account for 90% of the equation. The lion’s share of the equation are lifestyle factors we can control! I call them F.I.G.H.T.S.™ for Food, Infections, Gut health, Hormone balance, Toxins and Stress. Each category encompasses both the root cause and the solution.
Food isn't like medicine. Food IS medicine. Learn how to beat autoimmune and prevent infections with food, nutrients, and meal timing.
Simple, foundational strategies help you calm your nervous system and nourish yourself so you can heal and thrive.
No doubt about it, food offers the biggest bang for your buck in terms of healing. Just removing your trigger foods and adding in nourishing ones can put you well on your way to healing, reversing and preventing autoimmune conditions. Learn which ones are the culprits and which ones are beneficial.
This is arguably the best time to strengthen and optimize immune function. Learn simple strategies for modern times with roots in primal cultures.
A low and slow metabolism (hypometabolism) is associated with autoimmunity and greater risk of infections. Learn simple strategies to raise your metabolism to clear infections and beat autoimmune.
Hippocrates was right: All disease begins in the gut, and so does health. Learn about the connection between leaky gut and autoimmune conditions; and then how to heal and seal your gut to reverse autoimmunity.
Healing from autoimmune disorders is a WHOLE-istic journey, involving mind, body and spirit. This step is all about tending to your emotional wellbeing. If you skip this step, healing may be elusive or incomplete.
Healing is a mind-body-spirit adventure, and it starts with embracing a healing mindset. Because whether you believe you can or you can't, you're right!
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin, Author & Activist If you have been trying for any length of time to heal from an autoimmune disorder (or more than one!) you may reach a point where your healing has stalled or you feel like you've plateaued. Or, in some cases you may feel like you fully reversed the autoimmune condition(s); and then, much to your shock, frustration, and major disappointment, symptoms return, sometimes with a vengeance. What in the world is going on?! That's a great question and there...
Cynthia Li, MD is a conventionally trained doc whose own autoimmune healing journey expanded her to root cause medicine and beyond.
When Holly experienced symptoms of skin hardening, pain, and stiffness, she pursued a root cause resolution path and completely healed.