An autoimmune condition arises, when the body loses its ability to recognize the difference between the good and bad cells. So the fighter cells (good cells) start attacking themselves.
What causes autoimmune disease?
The cause of autoimmune disease is generally unknown; however Shonali believes it is almost entirely preceded by a digestive system issue – specially a leaky gut. The immune system is the gatekeeper to your health, when under attack; the antibodies (proteins) created attack healthy tissue, and also the lining of your gut; loosening the tight junctions (TJ) of the intestinal wall leading to leaky gut syndrome.
How does Shonali help?
On an autoimmune diet, Shonali’s approach is to strengthen the body’s immune system, by first fortifying the gut. She adds a host of natural foods, with her remedies, and gut-building foods, to help you achieve some state of normalcy, resolving autoimmune issues.
Shonali approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs. Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.
She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your ailment and encourage balance.