The Triggers Of Autoimmune Disease

The Triggers Of Autoimmune Disease

If you are not familiar with the term autoimmune disease, it is the imbalance of the immune system. Our immune system is there to protect our body from harmful pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and keep us healthy. When you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease it means that your body starts to attack itself.

Having one autoimmune disease can raise your chances of developing another autoimmune disease. This leads to more symptoms and typically more medication. These medications never address the root cause, but mask the symptoms. Sometimes they don’t even mask the symptoms instead create new ones.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease and with confidence, I can say that autoimmune diseases can be reversed. When you have an autoimmune disease anything that can cause an inflammatory response can trigger the disease. To heal the body you have to find what triggers your inflammation. It can be one trigger or more than one. It typically depends on each individual.

Trigger Of Inflammation


Mold can be in your food or your home and is toxic to the body. If your body is healthy, it may handle exposure to mold until another triggers show up and cause symptoms. It is key to know if mold is in your home because it can be there without you realizing it.


Parasites can cause diarrhea, nutrient deficiencies, irritate your intestines, and increase leaky gut. It doesn’t only affect the gut but the brain, respiratory system, and muscular system. Many people have parasites and don’t even know it.

Lyme & Infections

Lyme disease is typically caused by a tick bite. It can move inside our cells and cause autoimmunity. It can also transmit parasites, viruses, and other infections making your health condition worse.

Chemical Exposure

We are constantly exposed to toxins every day. Food that has been sprayed and processed, the water we drink, and the products we put on our skin can be toxic. This all adds up and can trigger an immune response causing autoimmune conditions.

Sluggish Liver 

The liver filters out the toxins when it is working properly. If the liver is overwhelmed with too many toxins, it is unable to do its job. It begins to store toxins and causes nutrient deficiencies. If the liver becomes full of toxins and has nowhere to go, it starts to enter the rest of the body. This causes the body to have an inflammatory response which weakens the immune system.


All pharmaceuticals are going to cause a response in the body because most are chemically made and are foreign to the body. They are typically made with a ton of toxic chemicals that further exhaust the immune system.

Mental & Emotional Stress

Your mental and emotional state is so important for your health. Stress impacts the immune system because our body is not made to handle being in this state all the time. When the body is stressed your adrenal glands produce cortisol which is used for life or death situations. Unfortunately, this is being triggered on a daily basis. This weakens the immune system and the lining of the gut, contributing to autoimmune disease.

Hormonal Imbalance 

There are so many reasons that you may suffer from hormonal imbalance. Common reasons are:

  • Stress
  • Food allergies
  • Eating Disorders
  • Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Medications
  • Injury
  • Trauma
  • Reproductive changes (puberty, pregnancy, menopause)
  • Taking birth control


Research has suggested that radiation from Wi-Fi, cell phones, and other electronics, cause stress to the body and trigger immune responses.

Leaky Gut

This occurs when the gut lining forms tiny holes allowing food and pathogens to enter the bloodstream. This causes an immune response and if left untreated can cause chronic inflammation.

Genetic Disposition

Each of us has a unique genetic makeup with our own triggers. People with a family history of a disease are more likely to develop that disease if exposed to more triggers.

Heavy Metal Toxicity 

Heavy metals are very harmful to the cells, brain and cause inflammation. Limited your exposure to heavy metals is key. Some heavy metals to limit are:

  • Cadmium
  • Aluminum
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Copper

 Poor Diet

Nutritional deficiencies can cause or trigger autoimmune disease, as well as, make the existing autoimmune disease worse. If you have a diet full of processed foods and sugar instead of whole nutritious foods, it can cause inflammation. Some of the most processed foods are:
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Pasteurized dairy
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Conventional meats
  • Sugars
  • GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)

If you have Hashimoto’s or Graves’s Disease, check out the thyroid healing community for guidance on healing the body!

Kara Stavish

Kara is a teacher, coach, online course instructor and the founder of Concepts Of Life & Wellness. She received a bachelors degree in psychology from Penn State University and not long after was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease in 2015. As she struggled to feel better, she began an intense search to find healing. After immersing herself into the learning process, she removed her medication and healed her body. From this experience, she now dedicates her life to helping others learn how to feel better and live a healthier life. Her enthusiasm for healing has helped so many people and continues to do so.

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