Lifestyle Choices

If you are exhausted or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, welcome you have come to the right place.

We have the two-fold approach of using natural, effective, supplements to cleanse your body internally to support the detox pathways, to help your body process toxins and we are here to help you on the difficult but rewarding journey of AIP (Autoimmune Protocol)!

Why Supplement?

Autoimmune Protocol

• Gut Cleanse • What is AIP?
• Kidney Cleanse • A few autoimmune diseases
• Liver Cleanse • The food list – what you can and what you can’t eat
• Heavy Metal Cleanse • Tips and Tricks

“Keeping the inside of your body clean is the ultimate secret to health.” – Dr. Edward Group.

1. Great Gut CleanseGreat Guts! 2.The Kidney Cleansekidney cleanse 3. The Liver Cleanse 4. The Heavy Metal Cleanseheavy metal cleanse

The proper nourishment and healing that comes with doing the Autoimmune Protocol will be fast tracked as your unobstructed organs will be receptive to the nutrient dense food this protocol advises.

Start immediately by giving up the bad carbohydrates – most importantly gluten.

Give away all your pasta, rice, flour, bread, potatoes (except sweet potatoes you can eat them). No more crisps…….ever!
Then look at your calendar and find three months where you will be home and not traveling. It’s a good idea to set a date and work towards it. Feedback shows that this prep time provides a higher success rate in coping for the duration of three months than jumping straight in. You should then be ready and able to stick to this strict Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)  having read and prepared as much as possible. (I made the decision to do this in September and began it in January).happy customer

Prepare your body

At the same time as you give up carbs start the Four-Step Natural Cleanse program:

  1. Step One: The Great Gut Cleanse,
  2. Step Two: The Kidney Cleanse,
  3. Step Three choose a Liver Cleanse; Liver Cleanse (a) or
    Liver Cleanse(b).
  4. And lastly, the potentially life saving Step Four: Heavy Metal Detox

These internal cleansing kits speed up your healing process and allow your body to absorb nutrients properly, produce more efficient digestive enzymes, your bile will work (important for vitamins A, D, E, and K absorption), gall stones will be removed and the effects of the AIP detox will not be so severe. The Liver cleanse B ingredients may mostly be found in your home and is a jaw dropping experience!  With no medical interference you will remove thousands of gallstones, and see them! Truly remarkable!

These supplements are made with the finest natural ingredients possible and are made to the exacting high standards of the British Pharmacopoeia Guide. No over diluted products!

♥ You will have given your bodies’ inner workings a clean out which means that your body does not have to struggle with trying to do this cleansing before providing you with the optimum health this new eating plan provides.
A huge and valuable head start to health.

Some detox symptoms;IBS

  • headaches
  • flu like symptoms
  • histamine intolerance (if this is you, you probably have SIBO)
  • aching body, swelling hands and or feet (your liver detoxing)
  • feeling exhausted (adrenal fatigue manifesting itself)
  • and plenty gas (yeast, bacteria and parasite die off reaction).  NOTE: The gas part of the detox is quite something the first time you do the Great Gut Cleanse, but as you heal, the next time you do the four step program (recommended annually) it does diminish.

Make sure there is no mold in your home.

Check for rising damp and remove pot plants from inside your home.

Try keeping stress down.

Keep stress down to a minimum.
Stress raises cortisol which helps put on weight and breaks down one’s microbiome changing mood and body shape. In diabetics, it raises Blood Sugars.
Exercise helps to keep stress down.  Walk, ride a bicycle, run, do Yoga, do Pilates, just do something physical !

What you need to know about AIP:

Grains and seeds – not to be eaten

Normally our bodies can deal with grains and seeds but overexposure to gluten has affected our response to other food groups like these and night shades.  Grains and seeds have poisons which disrupt the villi in our gut. The poison seeds have is called prolamin, found in quinoa, corn and oats. It is recommended not to eat them. Legumes and lentils have agglutins these have been shown to cause leaky gut.
Be careful and read labels – gluten and sugar may be found everywhere even in deli meats.

Night Shades – not to be eaten

There are four Night Shade foods which have to be stopped for the limited time of 90 days.

They are potatoes, (sweet potatoes are good) eggplants, fresh peppers, and tomatoes. (*Black pepper as a spice is good, it aids in digestion, but many Autoimmune Protocol sites suggest you leave pepper out.)     We do not eat Night Shade leaves or stalks because they are poisonous, however, their fruit is less so, therefore, stop them just for this 90 day recovery period.
Stay away from GMO foods as much as possible. There is lots of research on the negative effects of GMO’s on our bodies.
*There is debate on pepper being allowed or not. It is a dried fruit, Piper Nigrum from a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae. I used it, but the choice is yours.

Other Foods to stay away from for 90 Days: (check our list)

Alcohol, fast foods, processed foods, food additives any food that contains artificial colourants, flavours or preservatives.
All GMOs
Processed meats.  (they may contain wheat, preservatives, and colourants)
Processed and refined oils in mayonnaise, salad dressings, shortening and spreads. (no seed oils)
Refined oils, hydrated fats, trans fats, and margarine.
Stimulants and caffeine, chocolate.
Sweeteners sugar, honey, sweetened juices, high fructose, corn syrup.
Stevia is ok in moderation.
Spice – no seeds = spices, and nightshades; the capsicum family (peppers/chilies/cayenne/paprika)

Condiments to get rid of for 90 days:

Braai sauce. Cayenne pepper. (Black pepper is *OK). Chocolate (100% is ok) Tomato sauce, Paprika, Red Pepper flakes, Relish, Soy sauce, Tamari, many are nightshades.

Inflammatory foods to get rid of:

Corn and anything made from corn or corn syrup.
Dairy, eggs, and coffee. (for 90 days)
Gluten and anything with gluten in it. Barley, rye, wheat and deli meats.
Legumes, beans, lentils, peas dried or fresh. (green beans/runner beans are fine)
Nightshades. (for 90 days)
Nuts including nut butters. (for 90 days)
Peanuts. (peanuts as they are high in estrogen, some people feel women should not eat them!)
Seeds as well as seed butters. (for 90 days)
Soy (for 90 days) Soy it is said to be cancer forming, so after your 90 days, use sparingly until research finalized.
Sweetened fruit juice. Be careful of fruit juices as we cannot eat the amount of concentrated fruit that in a glass of fruit juice. (After 90 days in moderation)

Our History:

Getting back to time frames and thinking what our ancestors used to eat before intensive farming: Gluten, legumes, and lentils were not about in the vast concentrated quantities they are now and should not be consumed. They create havoc in the gut.

NB: New research with gluten mentions that if we could eat the original unadulterated, unpolluted grain, we would not have such vast complications that gluten is now causing.

The rest of the foods can be eaten again after a 90 day stay away, but introduced slowly.

The food must be introduced slowly, one new food group every 5 days. This gives your system time to get used to the new food group and for you to understand how your body reacts to that particular food.
The first food we introduced was white potatoes but changed the way we eat them. Boil them as you normally would, then let them cool right down. When you eat them cold the molecules change, the carbohydrates now become resistant carbohydrates. The body does not “see” a carbohydrate but biome food. Diabetics eating potatoes this way will find that their BG (Blood Glucose) hardly moves.

Remove toxins from your body. (This is part of Step Four)

We breathe in and ingest heavy metals all the time.
There is a well known and researched chelator EDTA (Ethyline Diamine Tetra-acetic Acid) is the best at removing heavy metals from the body, it also removes plaque from arteries and veins. It comes in a liquid form, (short push, a quick drip) or capsules. Take one capsule in the morning for six months (3 bottles) the first time then twice a year January and July. One bottle has 60 caps. If you have one of the above symptoms, make sure you have no Mercury Amalgams (fillings) change them for Composite fillings. I know a 43-year-old Durban woman who averted heart bypass surgery because she took a course of EDTA.

Balance your microbiome. (These are included in Step One)

Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes are the two main types of bacteria in the gut.
We need more Bacteroidetes (pronounced BAC-ter-OY-deh-tees)  and less or no Firmicutes (fir-MIH-cue-tees) and how we do this, by using probiotics.
Get a good probiotic like the one we get from Winning Performance (they add prebiotics which are accelerators of a probiotic to increase its effectiveness in the gut).  Take one capsule in the morning.

As we age firmicutes increase.
Antibiotics also encourage firmicutes.

This autoimmune diet (strictly adhered to) and a good probiotic will make you feel like a new person. Fermented Foods are also excellent micro biome aids!

Make your own Kefir, it is easy to do. When doing strickt AIP please remember no milk or nut products; Coconut or Almond Milk Kefir
Water Kefir
Milk Kefir

Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth

Wild Origano is a powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial!

Wild Origano is a powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial!

This is a Solgar product that may be added into Step one. Great Gut Cleanse.
It is a good idea to remove SIBO (Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth), whether you’ve been tested or not. While the test is expensive, Wild Oregano used to remove it is not. Take 2 soft gel caps in the morning, for two months.

Keep yeast overgrowth to a minimum, using Apple Cider Vinegar. One tablespoon first thing in the morning, in warm water, and ten minutes before dinner.

Exercise Suggestion:

Choose your favourite cardio exercise and do interval training. Warm up, then go as fast as you can for 30 seconds, slow down for a minute to recover then repeat. Do this for half an hour if you can or build up to it. Warm down, taking it easy for 3 to 5 minutes.
Let’s look at doing this on a stationary bicycle, normal or recumbent.
Take an easy start, pedaling for about 3 minutes, to warm up, then go flat out for 30 seconds, then easy for a minute. (Your breathing will increase after the second or third burst.)
It does not have to be too hard (stiffness setting) but you will have to increase the difficulty as you get fitter.

Functional Medicine.

Our mentor, Dr. Alain Sanua, (in Johannesburg) studied medicine in Brussels. After Medical School he studied Homeopathy, Iridology, Acupuncture and Functional Medicine (Functional Medicine is ongoing, always new protocols). Functional Medicine has been ongoing in America for 30 years.
You can find him on www.homeopathjohannesburg.co.za to make an appointment.

Some Interesting Info: How to understand sugar on a label:
Here’s a unique calculation that helps you track the teaspoons of sugar (including hidden sugar) in the foods you eat. You’ll need only look at the total carbohydrates and dietary fiber in that food:

Total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber, divided by 5 gives you the total teaspoons of sugar contained in your food. This simple calculation will help you determine how much sugar is really in the foods you eat. By subtracting the fiber from the carbohydrates, you reveal the total grams of sugar plus starchy carbohydrates. From there, you simply divide by 5 to convert to teaspoons of sugar (because there are about 5 grams in 1 teaspoon of sugar). It’s that easy. I like this calculation because it is easier to visualize teaspoons than grams. Sometimes it’s scary how many teaspoons of sugar are in our foods!

NOTE:
Be careful not to confuse the teaspoons of sugar from this calculation with the grams of sugar found on Nutrition Facts panels on food packaging. The grams measure accounts for the added sugar and the sugars found naturally in foods, but not the sugars that come from the breakdown of starches. You can essentially ignore the sugar reading on the Nutrition Facts panel. Rely on the Teaspoon Method instead.

Ref information:
The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers MD.
Something to help with Hidden Sugars
It is known that diet is 80 percent of the game, there are certain supplements critical to helping you achieve gut balance and weight loss. Great gut balance = great body and great mind. Your digestive health is the foundation for your overall health, because of this, achieving optimal digestion is the first step toward reaching your ideal weight.John
Blessings of health and happiness
John

If you have any questions, please contact me:

john@autoimmune.co.za

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