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Autoimmune Disease and the Food You Eat

Whether you have autoimmune disease or you know someone who does, adjusting to life with a chronic condition takes time. From pain to fatigue, there are several lifestyle modifications that must be made to keep yourself healthy day-to-day. Diet is one of the most important factors to consider when dealing with autoimmune disorders. Let’s explore how you can eliminate harmful foods and replace them with powerful additions that will boost your immune system.


What is Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune disease happens when your body creates antibodies that end up attacking and sometimes damaging your body’s tissue. Since your gut is the main home for your immune system, when you carefully select foods rich in healing properties you can actually strengthen your stomach and reduce inflammation that is common with chronic conditions.


Start by Avoiding:

•   Nightshade foods: These types of food are fine for most individuals but can trigger autoimmune responses for those who are dealing with a condition like leaky gut syndrome or arthritis. Specific foods to avoid include:

•   Tomatoes

•   Eggplant

•   Potatoes (except sweet potatoes)

•   Peppers

•   Tobacco

•   Gluten: The protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and spelt can provoke autoimmune responses.

•   Sugar. Another component that can cause inflammation and pain within the body.

•   Salt. Too much of this can increase autoimmune complications in the body.


Focus on:

•   Bone broth. It helps reduce joint pain and inflammation while boosting your immune system. It aids in detoxing and digestion, too.

•   Fermented foods. You can find helpful bacteria in things like kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

•   Incorporate green tea and tumeric into your daily routine. They can help slow down the body’s—especially the brain’s—autoimmune response.

•   Include sulfur-rich vegetables to improve glutathione levels. Foods like arugula, broccoli, kale, eggs, garlic, and dried fruits are all great ways to receive this beneficial supplement.

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