By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Having an autoimmune disease can be life altering and not in the right way. There are at least eighty different kinds of autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease can easily be described as having an overactive immune system where the immune system thinks certain tissues are foreign invaders and attacks them. For example having Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis means that the thyroid is getting attacked by your immune system.
The autoimmune diet known as the AIP (which is short for the Autoimmune Paleo) removes the most common inflammatory foods that irritate the gut and can trigger the immune system to attack. It is similar to the Paleo diet but way more thorough when it comes to eliminating culprit foods. It can also support healing the gut lining which is crucial to immune health.
The kind of foods that get eliminated are grains, legumes, dairy, nuts and seed, eggs, nightshade vegetables, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, sugar, certain starches, and yeast.
Leaky is believed to be a primary cause of about eighty percent of all autoimmune diseases. This is because the majority of the immune system is in the gut. Most of the foods that are not on the AIP diet are prone to irritating the intestinal lining and causing holes where food particles and toxins can get through which triggers the immune system to attack. When AIP is followed, healing in the gut can begin and reduce or stop chronic inflammation altogether, which in many cases has put the autoimmune disease in remission!
If caught early enough, one may never have to take a prescription drug for autoimmunity and do fine by just avoiding foods that cause inflammation. For those who already take prescription drugs, the AIP can still, have a therapeutic effect on the gut and your health.
Anyone who has an autoimmune diet should consider AIP at least long enough to heal the gut then slowly reintroduce some of the foods one at a time. We never suggest re-introducing gluten. If the reintroduced food does not cause inflammation, then continue to consume it, if it does cause inflammation eliminate it.
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