Can changing the way you eat eliminate health problems?

Often times when people experience symptoms for a few days, they head for the medicine cabinet or call their doctor. While these two reactions can be necessary, they should not be a first response. 

Whenever one of my kids doesn’t feel well, my first question is What did you eat? 

And just in case you’re curious, the next question is typically Have you pooped?

Why? Because many conditions and illnesses can be linked to the food we eat and how our body reacts to the food we eat.

Autoimmune Conditions

A diagnosis of an autoimmune disease means that your immune system is not working the way it is supposed to. Instead, your immune system is attacking your body’s healthy cells because it senses something it thinks is a foreign invader.

Consider the areas of our bodies affected by autoimmune problems: brain, skin, lungs, thyroid, joints, muscles, adrenals and digestive system. The symptoms of an autoimmune health issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Attention span issues
  • Allergies
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Respiratory distress
  • Skin conditions
  • Acne
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms could be linked to a list of full-blown autoimmune diseases, such as asthma, ADHD, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac disease, vitiligo, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, to name a few.

Treatments for Autoimmune Disease

Reading Dr. Mark Hyman’s piece on autoimmune disease really struck a nerve. Because as a holistic health coach, many people question why they should listen to you and not someone who went to medical school. So here is what someone who went to medical school has to say:

As physicians we are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly more powerful immune suppressing medication with serious side effects.

But we are not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions.

So why do people suffer from one or more of these conditions? The causes depend on your body and your symptoms, but the common root causes of autoimmune conditions are:

  • Leaky gut
  • Toxins
  • Infections
  • Food and dietary issues

I go into lots of detail in my previous post about causes of autoimmune diseases. But one thing I’d like to focus on is diet. In my research, I have found that eliminating inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods often can eliminate autoimmune symptoms…leading to a complete reversal of the disease.

Bottom line

Eating foods that your body does not absorb leads to inflammation. Inflammation leads to a variety of different autoimmune conditions.

My advice:

  • Get tested for infections
  • Find hidden food sensitivities
  • Reduce toxin burden of chemicals and inflammatory foods
  • Learn how to eat for energy, health and weight loss.

Need a kickstart?  Then join my 10 Day Detox, where I teach how to cut out inflammatory foods and products and replace them with more healing, wholesome choices.  It WORKS!


Just see what these detoxers had to say:

 “The joint pain has gone down drastically and I attribute it to lowering the inflammation in my body. Probably caused by gluten, dairy and sugar. I will try my best to implement most of the habits into my daily life as much as possible.”  ~Michelle Beacom

“Leann Forst’s Detox program really opened my eyes to what I am feeding my body. I didn’t feel great going through the detox. I believe it’s because I recently finished my last treatment of chemo and have had several surgeries. That is the main reason why I did it and I am so glad I did. It was so worth the side effects of getting the toxins out of my body. I’ve taken her detox program as a life changer too. I am now changing the way I eat and how I feed my family. The recipes she gives are really good and filling. If you have any questions or concerns Leann will carry you through the program. I recommend this program to everyone looking for a better way of living. You will be so glad you did! ~Tricia Fay

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight.”

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get my free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”

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