Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Week 14 on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): What to eat to support your autoimmune disease! {What I ate}

Having an autoimmune disease is not fun. And feeling like there is nothing you can do about it is even worse. I was just at that point when I heard about the Autoimmune Protocol. It is an elimination diet designed to help you determine what foods may be contributing to your condition. The premise is to limit inflammatory foods. When your body begins healing, you can try reintroducing foods gradually to see what may have been attributing to your pain. 

aip apple cauliflower porridge, hot chocolate, lime cod, lemon bars

I have been documenting what I have been eating on the AIP diet for 14 weeks now in an effort to encourage anyone out there that has an autoimmune and wants to attempt to heal through dietary changes. It can seem like an insurmountable task, but the rewards could possibly outweigh the sacrifice!

Day 92

How I am feeling: I'm feeling pretty well today.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 92:

Breakfast: 
Harvest Chicken Hash from Grazed and Enthused

Harvest Chicken Hash

Lunch: 
Leftover Lime encrusted cod from Healing Family Eats
Blackberries

Lime encrusted cod

Snack:
Tiger Nut Energy Bites from Gutsy by Nature

Dinner:
Breaded cubed steak (my recipe coming soon)
Baked sweet potato
Broccoli

Dessert:
Hot Chocolate (my recipe, coming soon)

aip hot chocolate

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for winter hikes.

Day 93

How I am feeling:   I'm having some lingering back pain. Did a cardio routine today. 

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 93:

Breakfast: 
Sweet Apple Breakfast Sausage patties from The Autoimmune Solution
Hearty Sweet Potato Hash from The Autoimmune Solution
Strawberries

sausage and sweet potato hash

Snack:
Tiger Nut Energy Bites from Gutsy by Nature

Lunch: 
Leftover cubed steak
Baked potatoes
Broccoli

Dinner:
Tacos: Taco meat from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook 
AIP tortillas (my recipe, coming soon)
Lettuce 
Cilantro
Red onions

Dessert
Sweet potato brownie (recipe, coming soon)

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for a cabin in the woods.

Day 94

How I am feeling: I'm having some lingering back pain and I didn’t sleep well last night. I have a breakout, I had throat burning in the evening, I had a headache and took acetaminophen,

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 94:

Breakfast: 
AIP Baked pancake from Heal Me Delicious
Protein drink

Snack:
Tiger Nut Energy Bites from Gutsy by Nature

Lunch: 
Meatloaf Muffins from heal Me Delicious
Fresh veggies: cukes, carrots, and celery
Fresh fruit: blueberries and raspberries

meatloaf muffins

Snack:
Snack mix

Dinner:
Pale Rustic Root Vegetable Soup with Meatballs from A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Dessert
Sweet potato brownie (recipe, coming soon)

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for hot tubs in freezing temperatures.


Day 95

How I am feeling: I felt a little off today with stomach discomfort, back pain, throat burning in afternoon, and a runny nose. I didn’t sleep well last night. I[m feeling bloated today, my right wrist is sore and the lymph node swollen.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 95:

Breakfast: 
Paleo Strawberry muffins from Eat Beautiful
Protein drink 

Snack:
Tiger Nut Energy Bites from Gutsy by Nature
Apple chips

Lunch: 
Leftover cubed steak
Sweet potato
broccoli

Snack:
Pink Lemonade drink mix and aloe juice 

Dinner:
Lancaster Hot Pot (my recipe, coming soon)
Mixed salad greens with grapes
Mixed Fruit with 1 T avocado and carob pudding

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Cleaned bathroom and bedroom. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for weekend away.

Day 96

How I am feeling: Today, I'm feeling better. I got some rest and things feel improved. 

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 96:

Breakfast: 
Love Bird Cereal, raisins, banana chips, coconut flakes, tiger nuts, protein powder, coconut milk

Lunch: 
Taco salad with red onions, cilantro, and mixed greens
Tiger Nut Energy Bites from Gutsy by Nature

Dinner:
Honey-Lime Chicken and Strawberry Salad from The Healing Kitchen

Dessert:
Lemon Paleo AIP Macaroons from Our Grain Free Life

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for special church programs.

Day 97

How I am feeling:  I had some throat burning in evening. I did yoga today.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 97:

Breakfast: 
Apple, Beet, Berry Smoothie from Food Courage

apple, beet, berry smoothie

Lunch: 
Leftover Pork with AIP Worcestershire Sauce from The Healing Kitchen
Kiwi
Tiger Nut Energy Bites from Gutsy by Nature

Snack:
Snack Mix: Love Bird Cereal with banana chips and tiger nuts

Dinner:
Italian Wedding Soup (my recipe, coming soon!)
Lemon Paleo AIP Macaroons from Our Grain Free Life

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for sitting and talking with friends.

Day 98

How I am feeling: I'm feeling well today. I did yoga.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 98:

Breakfast: 
Cinnamon Rolls from Heal me Delicious
Protein Powder with coconut milk

Lunch: 
Leftover Italian Wedding Soup
Lemon Bars from Heal me Delicious

aip lemon bars

Snack:
Freeze-dried Strawberries
Strawberry muffins

Dinner:
Chicken and Waffles (recipe, coming soon)
White sweet potatoes
Clementine

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for celebrations with family.

Day 99

How I am feeling: I'm feeling well today. Another yoga day.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 99:

Breakfast: 

AIP Cauliflower "Oatmeal" with Cinnamon and Apples

Snack:
Paleo Strawberry muffins from Eat Beautiful

Lunch: 
Chicken Breast
Lemon Bars from Heal me Delicious
Apple

Snack:
Snack Mix

Dinner:
Pork Carnitas from The Healing Kitchen
Served with mixed greens, cilantro, red onions, cabbage mix, and AIP tortillas.

autoimmune friendly tortillas


Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for 99 days on AIP!

I finally finished my SIBO supplement with black walnut in it. Hopefully, I'll see an end to the swollen lymph node and the elbow and wrist pain. The end of this week brings me to my 100th day on the AIP elimination phase. Soon I will be sharing how my reintros go. I'm really missing pepper. It is on phase 1 of reintroductions, so I think it will be the first thing I attempt!

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking. 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Week 13 on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): What to eat to support your autoimmune disease! {What I ate}

If you are starting the autoimmune protocol diet to get some relief from your autoimmune issues, you have come to the right place. This series is all about how I've incorporated AIP elimination foods into my diet, so you can see how someone has set about meal planning. When I was getting ready to start AIP, I wanted to see how it looked daily. Mostly what I found were some menus, batch cooking ideas, and recipes. In order to offer what I needed and what you might need to, this series began!

Chicken Vegetable Stew, Blueberry muffins, Cheesy” Taco Dip, Sausage and sweet potatoes,

I'm starting my 13th week on the autoimmune protocol, to try to reduce the painful inflammation I get for 9 months out of the year. The AIP is designed to eliminate foods that could be causing issues in your diet for an amount of time. Then gradually reintroduce foods in an attempt to see what could be attributing to your condition.

Day 85

How I am feeling:  I slept poorly, only getting about 4 hours of sleep. Last week, I had a strange pain under my ribs in my back on right side and its still bothering me today. I'm having shoulder and neck pain, and my lymph node is swollen.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 85:

Breakfast: 
Harvest Chicken Hash from Grazed and Enthused

chicken hash

Snack:
Apricot Protein Bits from Food Courage (I added a sprinkle of cinnamon to mine.)

Lunch: 
Leftover “Cheesy” Taco Dip from Wholesome Within over mixed Greens
Cherry Pie Bars: Cherry Pie Bars from Paleo Running Momma (subbing out the crust for an AIP friendly version)

Cheesy Taco Dip


Snack:
AiPeazy Muesli

Dinner:
Roast Carrots
Roast Cauliflower
roasted carrots

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for completing a home renovation project that has taken weeks and weeks to get finished. 

Day 86

How I am feeling:  lymph node swollen

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 86:

Breakfast: 
Blueberry muffins (my recipe, coming soon)
Paleo Protein Drink

blueberry muffins

Snack:
Apricot Protein Bits from Food Courage (I added a sprinkle of cinnamon to mine.)

Lunch: 
Meatloaf Muffins from Heal me Delicious
Kiwi

Dinner:
Pork Chops with Cherry Compote from Heal Me Delicious
Cauliflower
Butternut Squash
Mixed Greens with Blueberries
Cherry Pie Bars: Cherry Pie Bars from Paleo Running Momma (subbing out the crust for an AIP friendly version)

Pork Chops with Cherry, butternut squash and cauliflower

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Bath. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for a full house.

Day 87

How I am feeling:  I'm still having back pain and some tightness in my neck and shoulders. I did yoga today. I didn’t sleep well again, and my lymph node is swollen.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 87:

Breakfast: 
American Breakfast Sausage from The Healing Kitchen 
Hearty Sweet Potato Hash from The Autoimmune Solution

sausage and sweet potatoes

Lunch: 
Leftover “Cheesy” Taco Dip from Wholesome Within over mixed Greens
Cherry Pie Bars: Cherry Pie Bars from Paleo Running Momma (subbing out the crust for an AIP friendly version)

Snack:
Snack mix: LoveBird Cereal, raisins, tiger nuts

Dinner:
Mongolian beef with Cauliflower (my recipe, coming soon)

Mongolian beef with Cauliflower

Dessert
Paleo Jack Cinnamon Raisin cookies
Freeze-Dried Strawberries 

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for date nights to reminisce.

Day 88

How I am feeling:  Still having back pain and not sleeping well.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 88:

Breakfast: 
Blueberry Pancakes (my recipe, in progress)
Protein drink

Lunch: 
Beef Roast
White Sweet Potato 
Gravy
Mixed greens with blueberries

Snack:
Paleo Jack Cinnamon Raisin cookies

Dinner:
Chicken Wings

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Family get-together. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for old pictures to look through.

Day 89

How I am feeling:  I did yoga today. I didn’t sleep well. My hands, wrists and elbow are achy. My lymph node behind my right ear is swollen.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 89:

Breakfast: 
LoveBird Cereal with coconut, raisins, cranberries, and tiger nuts
Protein Drink

Lunch: 
Leftover Pork Chop
Baked White Sweet Potato
Gravy
Salad with carrots, celery, and blueberries
Paleo Jack Cinnamon Raisin cookies

Snack:
Muesli

Dinner:
Beef Roast
Gravy
Apple

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Lunch with friends. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for safe travels in stormy weather.

Day 90

How I am feeling:  Didn’t sleep well. I'm having bloating and back pain. Today I did a dance cardio.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 90 :

Breakfast: 

Lunch: 
Leftover Porkchop
Sweet Potato Fries
Kiwi

Snack:
AiPeazy Muesli
Tiger nuts
Freeze-dried Apple

Dinner:
Chicken Vegetable Stew (my recipe)
Chicken Vegetable Stew

Snack
Bananas with Cinnamon, carob powder and coconut
Love Bird Cereal with Tiger nuts and Raisins

banana aip dessert

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. I listened to some favorite songs for the time of year. I did a relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for special awards ceremonies.

Day 91

How I am feeling:  I'm having some back pain, but I finally slept well. The lymph node swelling went down some. I did some weightlifting for my exercise for today.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 91:

Breakfast: 
AIP Cauliflower "Oatmeal" with Cinnamon and Apples from Food Courage with Protein powder and collagen added
Apple Cinnamon Porridge

Lunch: 
Leftover soup

Snack:
Muesli and freeze dried apples

Dinner:
Lime encrusted cod from Healing Family Eats
Acorn squash
Asparagus

lime encrusted cod

Snack:
LoveBird Cereal
Tiger nut
Raisins
Cranberries

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for warm fires.

Overall, I'm much better from last year at this time; however, I need to go through all the labels of everything I'm eating and taking to see if there is something I'm missing. I'm almost finished with my SIBO treatment, which has black walnut in it. Walnuts are not AIP elimination approved, so I'm wondering if that is contributing to the swollen lymph node and pain. 

How is your AIP journey going? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking. 

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Friday, February 09, 2024

Week 12 on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): What to eat to support your autoimmune disease! {What I ate}

Well, I've made it to week 12 on the autoimmune protocol diet, an anti-inflammatory diet designed to help eliminate foods that trigger autoimmune disease. It's been quite the journey. I've experienced some healing, but I still have a long way to go. In a few more weeks, I will start trying to reintroduce foods as I see an improvement with the pain.

cherry pie bars, aip snack mix, beet smoothie, chicken and dumplings

Beginning week 12, I'm still trying out new recipes and making adjustments to old recipes to try to find foods that won't cause inflammation for me and that my family and I like to eat!

Day 78

How I am feeling:  I'm feeling okay today. I did a high impact cardio routine.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 78:

Breakfast: 
Lime Pork and Sweet Potato Hash (my recipe, coming soon)
Grapes

Lime Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

Snack:
Key Lime Pie Energy Balls from Food Courage Easy 7 Day AIP Meal Plan

Lunch: 
Simple Avocado Tuna from The Honest Spoonful over mixed greens
Fluffy AIP Biscuits from New Moon Holistic
Paleo Jack Raisin cookies
Bone broth

Simple Avocado Tuna

Dinner:
The Best Instant Pot Pulled Pork from Food Courage Easy 7 Day AIP Meal Plan
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Broccoli

Instant Pot Pulled Pork, baked sweet potato, and broccoli

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for one more book in a beloved series.

Day 79

How I am feeling: I did a minimal cues yoga set today. I had some digestive issues througout the day.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 79:

Breakfast:
Strawberry Rhubarb muffins from Food Courage
Paleo protein and coconut milk

Snack:
Key Lime Pie Energy Balls from Food Courage Easy 7 Day AIP Meal Plan
Snack mix with Love Bird Cereal banana chips, raisons, tiger nuts

Key Lime Pie Energy Balls

Lunch: 
Meatloaf Muffins from Heal me Delicious
Leftover sweet potato
Leftover broccoli

Dinner:
Taco BBQ Chicken (my recipe, a work in progress)
Cauliflower Rice
Salad

Dessert 
Simple 5 Ingredient Banana Bread Mug Cake from Food Courage Easy 7 Day AIP Meal Plan

Banana Bread Mug Cake

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for still having some at home while others are preparing to leave.

Day 80

How I am feeling:  Today was high impact cardio.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 80:

Breakfast: 
American breakfast sausage from The Healing Kitchen
Fluffy AIP Biscuits from New Moon Holistic
Sweet Potatoes fried in cast iron skillet with coconut oil, garlic poweder, onion powder and salt
Aloe Juice with pink lemonade mix

Sausage and Biscuits

Lunch: 
Tuna spinach salad
Key Lime Pie Energy Balls from Food Courage Easy 7 Day AIP Meal Plan
blueberries

Dinner:
Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry from Heal Me Delicious

Snack:
Dried Strawberries
Banana Chips
Tiger nuts

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice. Family movie night.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for graduation picture board and invitations.

Day 81

How I am feeling:  I did high impact cardio today. My hair has been falling out. I had a breakout, I've been gassy, but less so. There is a new pain I've developed under my ribs in back on the right side,

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 81:

Breakfast: 
Blueberry Pancakes (my recipe, coming soon)
1 T maple syrup
Protein drink

Lunch: 
Leftover Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry from Heal Me Delicious
Leftover Sweet Potatoes
Couple stick celery

Snack:
Love Bird cereal, banana chips, dried cranberries, tiger nuts, sweet potato chips

snack mix

Dinner:
BBQ Burger Salad
Cauliflower
Sweet Potatoes
Strawberries

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for planning for a mini-vacation.

Day 82

How I am feeling:  I did minimal cues yoga today. I'm still gassy, but less so. My hair is falling out. Still have the pain under my ribs in back on right side and now I'm having some shoulder pain.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 82:

Breakfast: 
LoveBird Cereal with coconut flakes, raisons, cranberries, tiger nuts
Protein Drink

Lunch:
Leftover Pork Loin
Blueberries
Snack mix with sweet potato chips, coconut, tiger nuts, raisins, cranberries, banana chips 

Snack:
Apricot Protein Bites from Food Courage
Sweet Potato Chips

Dinner:
Bacon
Fried White Sweet Potatoes
Asparagus

Bacon, white sweet potatoes, and asparagus

Dessert:
Cherry Pie Bars: Cherry Pie Bars from Paleo Running Momma (subbing out the crust for an AIP friendly version)

cherry pie bars

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Made cards and gifts. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for no where that we have to be.

Day 83

How I am feeling:  I stated a new exercise set. Now I'm doing a cardio dance routine. Shoulder pain again today and I have a swollen lymph node.

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 83:

Breakfast: 
Apple Beet Berry Smoothie from Food Courage

Apple Beet Berry Smoothie

Snack: 
Apricot Protein Bites from Food Courage (I added a sprinkle of cinnamon to mine.)

Lunch: 
“Cheesy” Taco Dip from Wholesome Within
Cherry Pie Bars: Cherry Pie Bars from Paleo Running Momma (subbing out the crust for an AIP friendly version)

cheesy taco dip on tortillas

Snack:
Paleo Jack: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Snack Mix Sweet Potato Chips, raisins, banana chips, and tiger nuts

Dinner:
Chicken Dumpling Soup (This is my recipe, coming soon!)

Chicken Dumpling Soup

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for crafts with a little bit of family history.

Day 84

How I am feeling:  The pain under my ribs persists; as well as the shoulder pain and the swollen lymph node. Today I did weightlifting and cardio. 

What I ate on AIP elimination phase day 84:

Breakfast: 
Apple Cinnamon Noatmeal from Food Courage
Protein Drink

Snack:
Apricot Protein Bites from Food Courage (I added a sprinkle of cinnamon to mine.)

Lunch: 
Leftover  Chicken Dumpling Soup (This is my recipe, coming soon!)
Cherry Pie Bars: Cherry Pie Bars from Paleo Running Momma (subbing out the crust for an AIP friendly version)

Dinner:
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry (my recipe, coming soon!)
Blueberries

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

Creating Balance: 
I made the bed and opened the curtains. Made cards and gifts. Relaxation practice.

Gratitude: 
Today, I’m thankful for big family games.

Here at the end of week 12, I'm noticing some healing, but there are still some setbacks. I'm going to be double checking all ingredient labels to be sure there is nothing I'm accidently eating that is slowing down my healing.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking. 


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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Why Your Stomach Might be the Culprit Behind Your Autoimmune Condition

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. These conditions can affect various parts of the body, from the skin to the joints, and even the organs. While the exact cause of autoimmune diseases is still unknown, recent research has shown a strong link between these conditions and the health of our gut. In fact, the stomach plays a crucial role in the development and management of autoimmune diseases. So what's the deal with the connection between autoimmune disease and your stomach? How can taking care of your gut health potentially improve your condition?

carrot and ginger juice

Understanding Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases are a complex group of conditions that can affect various parts of the body. They occur when the immune system, which is designed to protect us from harmful pathogens, mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. This immune system malfunction can lead to chronic inflammation and damage to different organs or systems, resulting in symptoms that can range from mild to severe.

There are more than 80 known autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto's and Crohn's disease, to name just a few. While each autoimmune disease may have unique characteristics, they all share the underlying feature of the immune system mistakenly targeting the body's own cells.

Autoimmune diseases can be challenging to diagnose, as their symptoms can often be vague and overlap with other conditions. Additionally, the exact cause of autoimmune diseases is still unknown. However, researchers have made significant progress in understanding the role of the gut in the development and management of these conditions. 

kale smoothie

The Crucial Role of the Stomach in Immune Response
The stomach plays a vital role in the immune response of our bodies. While it may seem like an unrelated part of our digestive system, it actually holds significant influence over our immune system's function. 

The stomach is lined with specialized cells that produce stomach acid, digestive enzymes, and other substances that aid in breaking down food. But it also serves as a first line of defense against harmful pathogens. The acid in our stomach, for example, helps kill off any bacteria or viruses that may have entered our body through our food.

Additionally, the stomach is home to trillions of bacteria, collectively known as the gut microbiota. These bacteria help maintain the balance of our immune system by training it to distinguish between harmful pathogens and harmless substances. They also play a crucial role in the production of antibodies, which are key components of our immune response. Overall, the stomach's role in immune response is undeniable. Its proper functioning is crucial in preventing autoimmune diseases and maintaining a healthy immune system.

The Connection Between Your Stomach and Autoimmune Conditions
Our stomach plays a crucial role in the development and management of autoimmune conditions. Research has shown a strong connection between the health of our gut and the onset of autoimmune diseases. How exactly does the stomach contribute to these conditions? Well, it all starts with the gut microbiota – trillions of bacteria living in our stomach. These bacteria help regulate our immune system, distinguishing between harmful pathogens and harmless substances. When this delicate balance is disrupted, our immune system can go haywire, leading to the development of autoimmune diseases. Additionally, common digestive issues, such as leaky gut syndrome, can contribute to the development and exacerbation of these conditions. Therefore, taking care of our gut health is crucial for preventing and managing autoimmune diseases. In the next sections, we will explore the common digestive issues associated with autoimmune diseases and discuss ways to promote a healthy gut to improve your autoimmune condition.

fruit smoothie


Common Digestive Issues Associated with Autoimmune Diseases
Digestive issues are commonly associated with autoimmune diseases. These conditions often go hand in hand, as the health of our gut can directly impact the development and severity of autoimmune conditions. One of the most common digestive issues associated with autoimmune diseases is leaky gut syndrome. This condition occurs when the lining of the intestines becomes permeable, allowing undigested food particles and toxins to leak into the bloodstream. This can trigger an immune response and inflammation throughout the body, leading to the onset or worsening of autoimmune diseases. Other digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are also frequently seen in individuals with autoimmune conditions. It is crucial to address these digestive issues and support gut health to effectively manage autoimmune diseases.

Importance of Gut Health for Preventing and Managing Autoimmune Diseases
Maintaining a healthy gut is of utmost importance when it comes to preventing and managing autoimmune diseases. Our gut health has a direct impact on the development and severity of these conditions. Research has shown that a disrupted gut microbiota, such as an imbalance of beneficial bacteria, can lead to immune system dysfunction and the onset of autoimmune diseases.
By prioritizing gut health, we can potentially reduce the risk of developing autoimmune diseases and improve our overall condition. A balanced diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats can promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, while avoiding processed foods and sugars can help maintain a healthy gut lining. Additionally, managing stress levels and getting regular exercise can also support a healthy gut.

Incorporating probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt and fermented vegetables, into our diet can further enhance gut health. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore the balance of our gut microbiota and improve immune function.

Taking care of our gut health is not only crucial for digestion, but it also plays a significant role in preventing and managing autoimmune diseases. By prioritizing gut health through diet, lifestyle changes, and incorporating probiotics, we can potentially improve our condition and live a healthier, happier life.

carrot and ginger juice

How to Promote a Healthy Gut to Improve Autoimmune Condition
Taking care of your gut health is essential for improving your autoimmune condition. Here are some strategies to promote a healthy gut and potentially reduce the severity of your symptoms:
1. Prioritize a balanced diet: Include plenty of fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your meals. These foods provide nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria and support a healthy gut lining. Additionally, consume foods high in antioxidants and healthy fats to reduce inflammation.
2. Avoid processed foods and sugars: These can disrupt the balance of bacteria in your gut and contribute to inflammation. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods instead.
3. Manage stress levels: Chronic stress can negatively impact gut health. Practice stress-management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in activities you enjoy.
4. Incorporate probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can improve gut health. Include probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or kimchi in your diet.
5. Stay active: Regular exercise helps support a healthy gut by improving digestion and reducing inflammation.

By implementing these strategies, you can potentially improve your gut health, reduce inflammation, and better manage your autoimmune condition. 

Have you noticed a link between your autoimmune disease and gut health?

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is not to offer medical advice. I am not in the medical field. My purpose is to share what decisions I’ve made in an attempt to improve my health and try to put my autoimmune disease into remission. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and supplements and you have to make the decisions that are best for you. Consult a trusted practitioner for medical advice. Our resource page details the books, articles, journals, and websites we've researched to put together our autoimmune articles. You can access our Autoimmune Research Resources by clicking.  

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