Autoimmune diseases manifest as a range of symptoms without always identifying a clear source of origin. The elimination diet for autoimmune disease is a healthy, reliable way to uncover and heal the cause of malfunction in the body.
What is the elimination diet?
An elimination diet is a temporary eating regimen that removes certain foods from the diet to determine a correlation between said foods and possible allergies or digestive reactions. After the foods have been eliminated from the diet, the dieter brings the foods back, one at a time, into the diet. If upon reintroduction a negative reaction is induced, the dieter knows that this food is at least one source of his or her problems.
How does an elimination diet help autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune disease tends to manifest as ongoing symptoms from unknown causes. What we do know is that about 70% of the immune system is contained within the digestive tract, tying a very close connection between the brain and belly.
Just as the brain releases chemicals and messages to the body’s control systems, the gut is the home of the enteric nervous system, which similarly sends messages to the brain. The enteric nervous system’s messages include directions for releasing digestive enzymes, inflammatory responses and hormones. When there is an obstruction in the gut, there is bound to be an obstruction in the bodies other functioning systems, as well.
Who should do an elimination diet?
Anyone can benefit from a food elimination diet, as many food intolerances go unnoticed. Those struggling with autoimmune disorders or symptoms are ideal candidates for the elimination diet, as much can be determined and solved by process of elimination in the digestive.
Autoimmune symptoms relieved during the elimination diet include the following:
- Metabolic malfunctions
- Skin irritations, rashes or blemishes
- Low energy
- Food allergy symptoms that are present after the known allergen has been eliminated
- IBS symptoms
- Learning difficulties
- Leaky gut syndrome
What does the elimination diet entail?
Ninety percent of all food-allergy reactions stem from these foods:
During an elimination diet, the food groups listed above are generally cut, as well as:
- Refined and added sugar
- Packaged, processed and fast food
How long does the diet last?
Dieters stay on the elimination plan for 3-6 weeks, as it takes about three weeks for negative food-response proteins to leave the body after release. After the negative effects of the food-triggered proteins subside, the dieter will experience a healthy, easy-going state (if food is the cause of his or her problems). From this neutral state of health, it is easy to detect which food is causing a problem and the dieter re-introduces the eliminated food groups one at a time. As foods are reintroduced, and symptoms arise respectively, the problematic food is pinpointed and eliminated from the diet entirely or treated with supplementary digestive aids.
What foods can I eat during the diet?
The best part of the elimination diet is that there are many foods the dieter can still enjoy. In fact, the dieter might be acquainted with nutritional foods he or she has not yet incorporated into the diet before.
The best foods to include during an elimination diet are the following:
- Bone broth
- Raw milk and culture diary
- Coconut products
- Probiotics and fermented foods
- Leafy greens
- Cruciferous vegetables
- High-quality proteins
- Healthy fats
- Fresh fruit in small doses
If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease or you simply have a curiosity in your optimal health, give the elimination diet a try. Reach out to our team at AMP Floral with your questions and to make sure you are equipped with adequate nutritional supplements for the duration of the food plan.