Autoimmunity Nutritionist Sunshine Coast

Expert Autoimmunity Nutritionist on the Sunshine Coast – Shelley Cavezza, PhD

Professional Autoimmunity Nutritionist on the Sunshine Coast: Boost Your Health Today

Autoimmune diseases are a group of chronic and often debilitating conditions in which an individual’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own healthy cells and tissues. According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), it is estimated that one in 20 Australians are affected by these conditions, with up to 80 different types recognised.

Autoimmune diseases can significantly impact daily life and activities, causing physical, emotional, and even social challenges. Persistent fatigue, chronic pain, and the ever-changing nature of symptoms can contribute to a decreased quality of life and increased stress levels. Additionally, autoimmune diseases can also lead to complications, such as organ damage and increased risk of infection due to a compromised immune system.

Common Types of Autoimmune Diseases and Their Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. The immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and subsequent joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. These symptoms often appear symmetrically in the body, meaning they affect both sides equally. If left untreated, RA can lead to joint deformity and reduced mobility.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This results in the body not being able to produce enough insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Symptoms may include frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, unintended weight loss, fatigue, weakness, and blurry vision.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system, wherein the immune system attacks the protective covering of the nerves called the myelin sheath. This damage may result in various neurological symptoms such as muscle weakness, balance and coordination problems, numbness and tingling, vision problems, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Often simply referred to as “lupus”, systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation affecting different parts of the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and blood cells. Lupus symptoms can vary widely, with some common ones being fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes (notably a “butterfly” rash across the cheeks and nose), fever, and hair loss.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term for autoimmune conditions that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms of IBD may include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fatigue. The severity of symptoms and the part of the GI tract that is affected can vary depending on the specific type of IBD.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which the immune system prompts skin cells to grow at an accelerated rate. This leads to the formation of thick, scaly, red patches on the skin surface. While certain factors like stress, infections, and cold weather can trigger or worsen psoriasis symptoms, the condition is not contagious.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that plays a crucial role in regulating our metabolism. In Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid, often resulting in an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, depression, and dry skin.

These are just a few examples of a myriad of autoimmune diseases. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms that could suggest an autoimmune disease, it is essential to seek medical assistance.

The Role of Functional Medicine and Nutrition in Managing and Improving Autoimmune Diseases

Though there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet for those with autoimmune conditions, research has suggested that changes in nutrition with an emphasis on an anti-inflammatory diet can improve symptoms and overall wellbeing.

For people with autoimmune diseases, certain foods may trigger an immune response, exacerbating symptoms, and contributing to disease progression. Identifying these food sensitivities and intolerances is a crucial aspect of autoimmune disease management, which the autoimmunity nutritionist plays a central role in.

Certain dietary factors have been known to exacerbate symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. These may include:

  • Gluten-containing grains
  • Dairy products
  • Refined and added sugars
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Caffeine-containing beverages
  • Nightshade vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes

A healthy diet is a foundation of good health, and in the context of autoimmunity, it becomes even more crucial. A balanced, nutrient-dense diet can help to reduce the inflammatory response that contributes to autoimmune diseases and support a robust immune system. A functional medicine and autoimmunity nutritionist is well-versed in identifying the dietary components that can aggravate inflammation or promote healing.

By working closely with their clients, a functional medicine specialist and autoimmunity nutritionist  can develop a better understanding of the individual’s dietary habits, preferences, and triggers. They may also recommend specialised testing to pinpoint specific food sensitivities and intolerances. Armed with this knowledge, the autoimmunity nutritionist can develop a tailored dietary strategy that eliminates problematic foods and incorporates autoimmune-friendly alternatives.

Meet Shelley Cavezza, PhD

Shelley Cavezza is not your everyday functional medicine specialist and autoimmunity nutritionist. With a PhD in Biomedical Science from the prestigious University of Sydney, and Postgraduate training in Immunology, Functional Medicine, Human Nutrition, and Nutrigenomics she brings over 20 years of experience as a Principle Research Scientist to the table. Now, she’s using her wealth of knowledge and expertise to help those suffering from autoimmune diseases through personalised functional medicine and nutritional guidance.

So, what does Shelley’s background in biomedical and immunological research mean for her clients? It means that she has a deep understanding of the underlying causes of autoimmune diseases, enabling her to develop effective science-based strategies for managing these health issues. Shelley also has training in Functional Medicine, Human Nutrition, and Nutrigenomics. This comprehensive approach sets her apart from other specialists who may not share her scientific background and wealth of training and understanding.

What to Expect from a Functional Medicine Specialist and Autoimmunity Nutritionist Shelley Cavezza, PhD

Living with an autoimmune disease can be challenging, with symptoms ranging from fatigue and joint pain to digestive issues and skin problems. While there is no cure for autoimmune diseases, proper nutrition, combined with holistic lifestyle and medical treatments, can positively impact the management and progression of these conditions. Here is what you can expect when working with a functional medicine specialist and expert in autoimmunity nutritionist like Shelley Cavezza, PhD to manage your autoimmune disease through nutrition.

Assessing Overall Health and Wellness Status

The first step when working with a functional medicine specialist and autoimmunity nutritionist like Shelley Cavezza, PhD is to assess your overall health and wellness. This will involve reviewing your symptoms, diet, lifestyle, and medical history, and any pertinent personal health information. This assessment will help to determine the most appropriate approach to addressing your autoimmune condition through nutrition and functional medicine approaches.

Reviewing Personal Medical History and Lifestyle Habits

Understanding your personal medical history and lifestyle habits is vital for developing a tailored health management and nutrition plan. Shelley Cavezza, PhD will examine factors such as diet, exercise, stress levels, and sleep patterns – all of which can impact autoimmune disease symptoms and progression.

Identifying and Addressing the Root Causes of Symptoms

Unlike traditional medical approaches, which focus on treating symptoms, Shelley Cavezza, PhD employs a functional medicine approach to identify and address the root cause of your autoimmune disease symptoms. This involves exploring potential triggers such as food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, toxin exposures, and imbalances in the gut microbiome.

Utilizing Laboratory Testing to Analyze Biomarkers and Functional Markers

Shelley Cavezza, PhD uses advanced laboratory testing to analyze your body’s biomarkers and functional markers. This information can help determine the underlying causes of your autoimmune disease and identify specific nutritional and lifestyle interventions to address these issues.

Offering Personalized Genetic Profiling

Comprehensive genetic profiling can reveal valuable information about your personal risk factors for specific autoimmune diseases. Shelley Cavezza, PhD uses this information to further tailor your nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, ensuring they are best suited to your unique genetic makeup.

Developing a Nutrition Plan Tailored to Individual Goals

Once your personal health information, lifestyle habits, and genetic makeup have been thoroughly assessed, Shelley Cavezza, PhD will develop a health management and nutrition plan tailored to your individual goals. This may include meal planning, dietary supplements, and lifestyle recommendations focused on managing and mitigating your autoimmune disease.

Recommending Appropriate Dietary Supplements

Depending on your unique nutrition needs, Shelley Cavezza, PhD may recommend specific dietary supplements to help address any identified nutrient deficiencies and support your overall health.

Providing Ongoing Support and Guidance

Navigating the complexities of autoimmune disease management can be overwhelming, but you won’t be alone in your journey. A functional medicine specialist and autoimmunity nutritionist, Shelley Cavezza, PhD will provide ongoing support and guidance, adjusting your health and nutrition plan as necessary to ensure you’re moving towards improved health and wellbeing.

Implementing Strategies for Disease Management and Mitigation

Shelley Cavezza, PhD will work with you to develop and implement strategies for effectively managing your autoimmune disease symptoms and mitigating potential triggers. This integrative approach will empower you to take control of your health and facilitate long-term healing and wellness.

Take Control of Your Health Today

Autoimmune diseases can be challenging and, at times, incredibly frustrating to manage. That’s why it’s essential to work with a functional medicine specialist and autoimmunity nutritionist who not only understands the immunology behind autoimmune conditions but also possesses the expertise needed to provide effective nutrition and lifestyle advice. With her PhD in Biomedical Science, extensive research experience in immunology, and a compassionate approach to client care, Shelley Cavezza is the perfect person to guide you on your journey towards better health with autoimmune disease functional medicine nutrition on the Sunshine Coast.

So, if you’re tired of simply managing your symptoms and want to discover how a personalised lifestyle and nutrition approach can help you regain control of your health, reach out to Shelley Cavezza, PhD today. Together, you can embark on the journey towards a happier, healthier life.

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