I have come across many people who tell me they have an autoimmune disease.
What is that?
Well, it is when one’s immune system attacks the body.
Why would one’s immune system attack the very body it is looking after?
This happens when one gets “leaky gut.”
Leaky gut is caused by inflammatory foods. The worst is gluten.
Remove all gluten from your diet period.
What happens is, the tight folds in the gut separate because of inflammatory foods, this is called silent inflammation. There are no nerves in the gut, therefore there is no feeling. One does not feel it at all. This causes food particles that are not fully digested to enter the blood stream, putting one’s immune system on high alert, over worked, attacking one’s own cells.
What one sees, are the symptoms or the diseases.
There are plenty of them.
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.
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)
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 have with added pre-biotics which are accelerators of the probiotic. This 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!