What is an autoimmune disease?
An autoimmune disease is when a person’s own immune system mistakenly attacks their body similar to how it might attack a foreign virus invading the body.
These are more common than ever before and encompass a wide range of diseases including type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Diet and autoimmune disease
New research suggests they all autoimmune diseases may have the same root cause – a combination of imbalances in gut bacteria (gut dysbiosis) and low-grade inflammation (inflammation in our cells) (1, 2).
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is an elimination diet which may improve symptoms for those with an autoimmune disease.
The AIP is simply an extremely nutrient-dense diet that excludes all known or suspected gut irritants, and is said to help eliminate certain food chemicals and compounds that cause gut dysbiosis and low-grade inflammation in sensitive individuals.
Cutting out these foods (in theory) reduces inflammation and gives your body the opportunity to recover and “reset”, although more research is needed to prove this.
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[Last updated 24th July, 2018]
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This is a sales-free look at the facts.
[Last updated 12th June, 2019]
There are many recognized triggers of eczema.
However, the role that diet plays is a murky area of research.
This article reviews the current evidence surrounding eczema treatment.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 3rd April, 2019]
Psoriasis is complex to treat.
In fact, Physician Paul Bechet once said it’s “the antidote to a dermatologist’s ego” (1).
It’s an autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain and itching that can severely impact on quality of life.
Many foods and supplements are rumored to help with psoriasis treatment. But does research support these claims?
This article examines the evidence surrounding the relationship between diet and psoriasis.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 10th February, 2018]
Many argue that nightshade vegetables causes various health issues.
But are they actually unhealthy to eat?
This article explores the current research.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 3rd April, 2019]
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases.
It affects up to 1.3% of the population worldwide, mostly women.
New research indicates that diet may influence traditional treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. This article summarizes the current science and recommendations.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 27th October, 2017]
Traditional treatment of most autoimmune conditions relies entirely on medication.
Graves’ disease has been no exception to that rule.
But recent research indicates eating patterns can and do influence treatment outcomes.
This article looks at the best dietary treatment for Graves’ disease, as shown by current scientific evidence.[Discover More…]
[Last updated: 9th January, 2019]
Autoimmune diseases are more common than ever before.
Unfortunately, our scientific understanding and treatment protocols for autoimmune conditions have not progressed at the same rate.
The Autoimmune Protocol diet (AIP) has since emerged as an all-diet approach to treatment; one that is making its way into mainstream medicine.
This introductory guide looks at the pros and cons of the AIP diet and explores how it (potentially) works.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 9th January, 2019]
Do you experience long-term muscle tenderness or joint pain that affects your everyday life?
Are you worried it will only get worse?
Fibromyalgia is an unusual medical condition thought to affect up to 6% of the population, particularly middle-aged women (1).
While it cannot be completely cured, it can be treated… and what you eat appears to be a fundamental piece of the puzzle.
This is a beginner’s guide on fibromyalgia and diet.[Discover More…]