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Digestive Health

How can autoimmune diseases affect the digestive system?

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  • A Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Although autoimmune diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis) are not technically "digestive disorders", we must mention them because not only are they prevalent among millions of women today, but they are conditions that can indeed cramp a digestive style. Anyone who suffers from an autoimmune disorder has a system that, for whatever reason, is attacking itself. Such a hostile environment does not bode well for the digestive tract that aims to achieve nutrient and energy balance. It's common for people with an autoimmune disease to simultaneously suffer from food intolerances and digestive disorders that require unique attention to diet.
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