We are focused on precisely the Autoimmune diet to reduce inflammation for people with chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases that affect the eyes. Eye disorders including but not limited to: chronic blepharitis, ocular rosacea, chronic dry eyes, Iritis, Uveitis. Plus autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, grave’s disease, graft versus host disease, and more.
What is the Autoimmune/Paleo Diet?
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a diet that helps heal the immune system and gut mucosa. It applies to any inflammatory disease. The Autoimmune diet is a subset of the Paleo diet. Sometimes referred to as the “ancestral diet,” the Paleo diet is believed to like the foods eaten by early humans, emphasizing whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, grass-fed and naturally-raised meats, wild-caught fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Besides avoiding all processed foods and sugar, it also omits all grains, dairy products, beans, and legumes (peas, including peanuts). Supporters of the Paleo diet recommend eliminating these foods because the human digestive system is not well-equipped to break down these foods. The result is causing digestion issues, allergies, and sensitivities, and inflammation. Since TheraLife Eye capsules are made entirely of plant-based extracts, some people may experience temporary bloating and gas. These symptoms will pass in a few days.
The gut is a vital issue with inflammation.
Many of us believe, all autoimmune diseases stem from the gut- low absorption of nutrients. Therefore, probiotics are a must to treat autoimmune diseases and their related inflammation.
Why is it difficulties in diagnosing autoimmune diseases
We have a problem in this country with how we eat, treat disease and heal disease. AIP addresses inflammation in the gut that causes Autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune disease is a condition where the body cannot tell the difference between healthy tissue and foreign invaders. A hypersensitive reaction occurs. The body starts attacking its tissue. Attaching one’s tissue can occur silently until full-blown autoimmune disease develops. All autoimmune diseases have in common is tissue self-attacking in places like the eyes, mouth, thyroid gland, brain tissue, or salivary glands, to name a few. On average, it takes seven (7) years to diagnose Sjogren’s disease.
How does Autoimmune Diet (AIP) Work?
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet works to reduce inflammation in the intestines. AIP works to calm inflammation in the gut and also calm inflammation in the body. And while there is no cure for the autoimmune disease, it can go into remission. The AIP diet targets healing the intestinal mucosa and supporting low inflammation in the body that can – The AIP diet is a lifestyle change.
The Autoimmune Protocol is a version of the Paleo diet that addresses inflammation that causes Autoimmune Disease. This inflammation has its beginning roots in the gut. Diet is one aspect of healing, and it is the most crucial aspect of long-term health.
Many divergent paths have a summation with the AIP lifestyle like an autoimmune disease; adrenal fatigue, liver congestion, hormone imbalances, and insulin resistance play a role in how you may use supplements and the AIP diet. To be successful, it requires one to be compliant and diligently following the diet. Each person who decides to try the AIP diet should work with a practitioner. This practitioner can help determine if you are candidates for low histamine, low latex, and low FODMAP in addition to following AIP. Other adjunct protocols may include functional blood chemistry, saliva hormone testing, saliva adrenal testing, stool testing, and antibody tests.
What causes Autoimmune Diet not to work?
Before starting the AIP, it is essential to get blood work or other tests like adrenal tests. You may not get better on AIP if you have dysglycemia, insulin resistance, anemia (not all anemias are from low iron!), intestinal or other infections like h. pylori, SIBO, h-p axis issues, adrenal dysfunction.
- Nuts (including nut oils like walnut and sesame seed oils)
- Seeds (including flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, and culinary herb seeds like cumin and coriander)
- Beans/Legumes (this includes all beans like kidney, pinto, black as well as Soy in all its forms)
- Grains (Corn, Wheat, Millet, Buckwheat, Rice, Sorghum, Amaranth, Rye, Spelt, Teff, Kamut, Oats, etc.)
- Alternative sweeteners like xylitol and stevia
- Dried fruits and over-consumption of fructose (I recommend up to 2 pieces of fruit a day)
- Dairy Products
- All Processed Foods
- Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, mustard seeds, all chili’s including spices)
- No vegetable oils (olive oil, lard, cultured ghee, and coconut oils are permitted)
- Culinary herbs from seeds (mustard, cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, fenugreek, caraway, nutmeg, dill seed)
- Tapioca. I eliminate this in the first 6-8 weeks because it is a known gluten cross reactor according to Cyrex Labs Gluten Cross-Reactivity Test.
- Vegetables (except nightshades)
- Fruits (limit to 15-20 grams fructose/day)
- Coconut products including coconut oil, manna, creamed coconut, coconut aminos, canned coconut milk (with no additives), shredded coconut (this list does not include coconut sugar and nectar)
- Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, lard, bacon fat, cultured ghee (certified to be free of casein and lactose)
- Fermented Foods (coconut yogurt, kombucha, water and coconut kefir, fermented vegetables)
- Bone Broth
- Grass-Fed Meats, Poultry, and Seafood
- Non-Seed Herbal Teas
- Green Tea
- Vinegars: Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic.
- Sweeteners: occasional and sparse use of honey and maple syrup (1 tsp/day)
- Herbs: all fresh and non-seed herbs are allowed (basil tarragon, thyme, mint, oregano, rosemary, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, savory, edible flowers)
- Binders: Grass-Fed Gelatin and Arrowroot Starch (watch the starch, however, if you have adrenal issues)
What is FODMAP?
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols, short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them. Symptoms include Cramping.
High FODMAPS may disagree with some on the AIP diet. For example, nectarines, coconut, or onions may bother some people.
If you are reacting to certain starches in foods – Avoid high FODMAPS from your diet. If you are FODMAPS sensitive, eliminate for 10-14 days and then slowly reintroduce.
What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a severe condition affecting the small intestine. When bacteria that usually grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine, that causes pain and diarrhea.
Why consider an autoimmune diet?
- AIP (an autoimmune disease) is a disease of inflammation that causes attacks of one’s tissue.
- Food is a great way to reduce inflammation and calm the immune system.
- Diet is usually NOT enough. Specific protocols of gut healing and removing SIBO and immune support supplements may be necessary.
- Committed to the diet makes AIP work.
- Avoid food sensitivities in this diet. If you are sensitive to carrots, for example, don’t eat them while on AIP.
- Additional Supplements are usually required to heal the gut fully.
- Allow green beans, snow peas, and sugar snap peas unless low FODMAPS is needed. Because green beans are not mature bean seeds. AIP states no ripe beans seeds from the legume family
- Brain Chemistry and Adrenal Fatigue are likely culprits in autoimmune diseases.
- Undiagnosed Insulin Resistant Hypoglycemia is a significant factor in inflammation that can contribute to autoimmune disease, adrenal fatigue, and brain dis-regulation.
- Eliminating these foods is vital to reduce inflammation. All of the above-listed foods can be gut irritants and exacerbate dysbiosis in the gut and contribute to SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). AIP can help address the GALT imbalances (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue) in the intestines. The gut contains a large percentage of immune system GALT tissues (70%). The gut mediates the T & B Lymphocytes that carry out immune system attack by producing antigens or antibodies. The goal of AIP is to reduce this from occurring. The gut mediated inflammation is applicable for addressing Autoimmune Disease.
How to reintroduce foods after Phase 1
- 72 Hour Rule: It takes 72 hours to produce an IgA, IgG and IgM mediated antibody symptom. It can be physical or mental. Symptoms such as lethargy, brain fog, aching joints, rashes, stomach aches, numbness, feeling hung-over, bloating, gas, constipation, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss are common.
- Reintroduce only one food every five days. When you reintroduce the food, eat enough to elicit a response—a small bite, then a few hours a spoonful, and then that night a serving.
- Keep a food reintroduction notebook. Reintroduce food after a cleanse or AIP, and they have a sensitivity symptom. They can’t remember what or when they did the reintroduction. Writing everything down helps a lot.
Doing yearly or twice yearly cleanses and support phases, eating fermented foods and bone broth at least 2-3 times a week in 1/2 cup portions are very helpful.
What to avoid if you have an autoimmune disease.
- Eggs (especially the whites)
- Seeds(including cocoa, coffee, and seed-based spices)
- Nightshades(potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, cayenne, red pepper, tomatillos, goji berries, etc. and spices derived from peppers, including paprika)
- Potential Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods
- Fructose consumption over 20g per day
- NSAIDS (like aspirin or ibuprofen)
- Non-nutritive sweeteners (yes, all of them, even stevia)
- Emulsifiers, thickeners, and other food additives
- Organ meat and offal (aim for five times per week, the more, the better)–read more
- Fish and shellfish (wild is best, but farmed is okay) (aim for at least three times per week, the more, the better)–read
- vegetables of all kinds,as much variety as possible, aim for 8-14 cups per day
- Green vegetables
- Colorful vegetables and fruit (red, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white)
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, arugula, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, watercress, mustard greens, etc.)
- Sea vegetables (excluding algae like chlorella and spirulina, which are immune stimulators)
- quality meats(grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild as much as possible) (poultry in moderation due to high omega-6 content unless you are eating a ton of fish)
- quality fats(pasture-raised/grass-fed animal fats [rendered or as part of your meat], fatty fish, olive, avocado, coconut, palm [not palm kernel])
- fruit(keeping fructose intake between 10g and 20 g daily)
- probiotic foods(fermented vegetables or fruit, kombucha, water kefir, coconut milk kefir, coconut milk yogurt, supplements)
- glycine-rich foods(anything with connective tissue, joints or skin, organ meat, and bone broth
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