What is Autoimmune Protocol?
Autoimmune disease affects over 50 million Americans and women make up to 75% of the 50 million affected. This makes it very likely that you or someone you are close to experiences some form of autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune diseases are defined as a betrayal of the immune system. Normally, in a healthy immune system, that system would protects us from invading microorganisms. In someone with an autoimmune disease, the body attacks and damages its own tissues.
Some typical autoimmune diagnoses are: lupus, Sjogren syndrome, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, Grave’s disease, scleroderma, Addison disease and vitiligo. Learn more here
The three main causes of autoimmune disease are genetics, environmental triggers and lifestyle.
Your genetics you cannot change; but the theory of epigenetics says that you can change how your genes express themselves through dietary and lifestyle choices, as well as limiting your contact with environmental triggers, toxins and chemicals.
Working with a nutritionist knowledgeable in Autoimmune Protocol can ease autoimmune symptoms, reduce suffering and restore gut health.
How does it work?
The autoimmune protocol has two phases: elimination and reintroduction.
Elimination Phase: During the elimination phase, you’ll eliminate foods that cause stress to your body and exacerbate your underlying autoimmune condition. While in the elimination phase, the following foods are removed from one’s diet: grains and pseudo grains, beans and legumes, dairy, refined/processed seeds and vegetable oils, eggs, alcohol, food chemicals, refined and alternative sweeteners, nuts and seeds and nightshade family foods. We will work together to boost your diet with nutrient dense foods like grass-fed meat, leafy green veggies, sweet potatoes, summer squash, bone broth, liver. The elimination phase can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days or longer, depending upon the person. The elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol is not meant to be followed long term.
Reintroduction Phase: You are ready to reintroduce foods when you have measurable improvements to your autoimmune disease symptoms. Together, we will engage in a slow and systematic process of reintroducing the eliminated foods back into your diet. As we reintroduce foods, you will discover any food sensitivities that are making your symptoms worse. The reintroduction phase is a very informative process that allows you to dive deep into the cause and effect of what you put in your body. The end goal of the Autoimmune Protocol is to have the least restrictive diet supportive of your long term healing and nourishment.