Swollen joints, body aches, fatigue? You may need to consider an autoimmune Paleo diet. If these symptoms plague you each day, you may be one of millions suffering from undiagnosed autoimmune diseases. The prevalence of autoimmune disease is on the rise--the rate of the diseases is up to 3.2 percent, according to a recent study. And the key to autoimmune symptoms is controlling inflammation.
Every single thing you put in your body either stokes the fires of inflammation or cools them off. Your diet can be the key to suffering ever-increasing symptoms or living nearly symptom-free. If you know you have or suspect autoimmune disease, an autoimmune Paleo diet could be crucial to improving your health and happiness.
The autoimmune protocol (AIP) of the Paleo diet is one of the most popular ways to naturally reduce internal inflammation. In addition to the restrictions of the standard Paleo diet, those suffering from autoimmune disease are encouraged to avoid inflammatory foods for at least 30 days. At that point, you can try reintroducing each food one at a time to see if your body can handle it.
Eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, nightshades, nitrates, alcohol and all inflammatory foods are all to be avoided initially.
Every person is different. Once you eliminate inflammatory foods for a month, you can test out each food and eventually return to a more simple grain-free, legume-free Paleo diet. You may even eventually be able to consider occasional grains and legumes once your system has sufficient time to heal the inflammation damage.