Auto-Immune Disease: An Overview

One of the goals of our meal plans is to help those who suffer from autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases are not rare. As of 2019, about 23.5 million Americans suffer from them, and there are more than 80 known kinds of autoimmune diseases.

Some of these can be fatal or lead to long term disability. However, with treatment and a healthy lifestyle, the symptoms can be manageable so that you can live well. Exercise and nutrition are at the heart of leading a healthy lifestyle, and research shows they’re two big factors that can help with symptoms. We offer in depth specific diets to help those suffering from autoimmune diseases, but if you’re just curious about our services – here’s a taste of what FK plans look like.

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What exactly is an autoimmune disease though?

An Immune System Error

At the core of our immune system is the ability to differentiate our own cells from harmful foreign cells. An example of this would be our healthy cells and unhealthy cells that can cause damage. An autoimmune disease occurs when our immune system cannot tell the difference between our own healthy cells and the foreign cells it was designed to protect us against. The result is the production of autoantibodies. In short, our immune system starts attacking itself by mistake.

Who Gets Autoimmune Diseases?

Certain demographics affect the likelihood of being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

  • Gender: Women are more likely than men to get diagnosed.
  •  Age: Women of child-bearing age specifically are at higher risk.
  • Race of Ethnic Backgrounds: Type 1 Diabetes is more common in Caucasians while Lupus is more common for African Americans or Hispanics.
  • Family history: Those with family members diagnosed with one of these diseases are also at higher risk.
  • Environmental factors: These play a role in level of risk. Exposures to certain chemicals, sunlight, or viral and bacterial infections can leave someone at higher risk of developing an autoimmune disease.

What Are the Different Kinds of Autoimmune Diseases?

There are more than 80 known autoimmune disease, but here’s a list of the most common ones in women:

–   Rheumatoid arthritis

–   Psoriasis

–   Psoriatic arthritis

–   Lupus

–   Thyroid diseases

What Can I Do if I Have an Autoimmune Disease?

It’s important to consult your doctor if you believe you may have or are at risk of developing an autoimmune disease. These do not tend to go away, but there are several treatments available to help manage symptoms and enjoy life. Some other factors which can help management of these conditions are:

  • Nutrition: of course, eating a well-balanced healthy diet is always important, but there are some diets which can help manage the symptoms of living with an autoimmune disease.
  • Regular physical activity: Speak with your doctor about what kinds of exercises are best suited for managing your symptoms.
  • Rest enough: rest is a critical part of letting your body recover and repair itself. Sleep also helps improve immunity, which could be beneficial. It’s important to make sleep a priority and get at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep.
  • Reduce stress: Stress can trigger symptoms and flare ups which can be uncomfortable and painful. Practice different methods for reducing stress and anxiety like regular exercise, mediation, yoga, relaxing hobbies, etc.

Living with an autoimmune disease can be difficult, but it is possible to manage your symptoms with a healthy lifestyle. Check out how nutrition helped Tom with is health concerns:

“Fran’s kitchen has changed my life! I never realized how much food was impacting my health until meeting with Fran. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and didn’t even imagine what diet could do to improve my mobility. Their meals are yummy. I have loved every single meal they have created for me.” – Tom

If you’re looking for ways in which you can change your nutrition to help this process, we encourage you to subscribe to our online meal plans. We offer a Keto, Vegan, and Metabolic plan. All three programs are customizable to help address your specific health journey. This is how we ensure we can help you attain the healthy life you deserve.

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Of course, we respect if you’re not ready to make that big of a commitment yet. If you’re curious as to what our science-based nutritious and healthy meals look like, try out some of the recipes in our free Fran’s Kitchen Nutrition Recipe eBook

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The journey of managing autoimmune diseases can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. At Fran’s Kitchen, we want to help you reach optimal health. Whatever your journey looks like, wherever you’re starting from or want to go – we are here for you. Our team of dedicated chefs and nutritionists have worked with hundreds of people before, catering to their particular needs. You could be next. You’re always welcome in our FK family.

If you have any questions, feel free to connect with us either on social media or send us an email at

Fran’s Kitchen is always here to support you through your unique health journey and encourage you every step of the way. This is what it means to be part of the FK family.



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