Autoimmunity, Gut Permeability and Boundaries Setting

Rheumatologists are seeing an increase in the number of autoimmune conditions. Signaling of immunity and inflammatory activity is a continuous process that your body uses to protect you from immune-identified dangers such as proteins from foods you may be sensitive to and cross-reactivities, environmental pollutants such as noxious chemicals, and heavy metal exposures.

The permeability of the gut is a matrix of cellular activity involving chemistry for a beautiful balance. There are many influences on gut junction opening and closing. Zonulin, a protein secreted endogenously that enhances gut permeability, is elevated by gliadin (one of the proteins under the gluten protein complex) and the presence of certain bacteria.

Bacteria of the intestinal tract, our microbiome, play a crucial role in preventing unnecessary involvement of the immune system. An example is Akkermansia muciniphila; this bacteria helps to manage the mucus, specifically the mucin of mucus, of the intestines. Other commensal bacteria optimize nutrient availability and absorption.

Lifestyle Naturopathy has clinical experience in seeing a correlation between stressful relationships, events, and managing life on life’s terms employing healthy and aware boundary setting. The process of healing involves a direct and intentional presence of mind for the variety of foods eaten, water consumed, quality of sleep, the intensity of exercise, and the relative functionality and supportiveness of relationships. Work, family, school, social life, and really all interactions with others require an ability to discern feelings and logical analysis to understand and place appropriate boundaries.

Rather than a psychological approach, Lifestyle Naturopathy uses the approach of utilizing nutrition to optimize these hormonal and neural communications. With testing and taking the time to hear the client, Nicole Reilkoff creates a practical protocol to address health concerns with actions, lifestyle and dietary changes, supplemental support, and attentive care.

If you’ve received a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder, book an appointment to start placing the odds in your favor for recovery.

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff certified Naturopath and reflexologist, offers her professional bilingual, services from the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex situated in Montréal.




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