An autoimmune disease is a medical condition where the immune system of the body attacks its own healthy cells, since it is unable to distinguish them from the foreign cells. Some of the most common autoimmune disorders are: multiple sclerosis, colitis, arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s and Crohn’s disease.

It is estimated that over 50 million Americans live with certain autoimmune disorder.

An autoimmune disease usually fluctuates between remission periods with only few symptoms to periods where the condition deteriorates. According to some researches, in order to prevent further developing and disease flare-ups patients should make certain dietary changes.

These are the foods which can worsen the autoimmune condition:

1. Sugar

The high intake of sugar can be detrimental to our health. It not only causes weight gain, but it also affects the ability of the immune system to fight against illnesses and inflammations. This in turn may lead to development of an autoimmune disorder flare-up.

2. Soy

Most often soy is genetically-modified product which apart from messing with your hormones it causes autoimmune disorder as well.

3. Dairy products

Milk and other dairy products contain casein, protein that may trigger inflammatory processes in the body. Consequently, this hinders the function of the immune system, thus causing autoimmune disease flare-ups.

4. Quinoa

Quinoa is rich in iron, fiber and protein. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease you should stop eating this food. Quinoa contains saponins, proteins which destroy the gut lining, thus triggering an immune response.

5. Nightshades

Nightshades are a group of certain veggies, including goji berries, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and some spices. They contain alkaloids that may induce an inflammatory response in the organism.

6. Gluten

The body of a person who struggles with an autoimmune disease is unable to process gluten. Therefore, consuming gluten can be dangerous for the immune system of these patients and it can even increase the risk of autoimmunity in healthy patients.

7. Milk chocolate

Milk chocolate is highly beneficial for the body but it may cause flare-up if you suffer from an autoimmune disease, due to the milk in its content, which as mentioned earlier affects the immune system in the body.

8. Gluten-free grains

Many people who avoid gluten turn to gluten-free grains. However, they can make the situation even worse, since they trigger a cross-reaction, especially in those patients who struggle with gluten sensitivity. In other words, their immune system mistakes the gluten-free grains for gluten, thus inducing an immune response.