Hippocrates said it best: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine, be thy food.” Food can either fight disease or feed disease, it’s as simple as that. When you have an autoimmune condition, what you eat becomes your most powerful tool in the road to recovery. Food plays a huge role in achieving optimal health, providing essential nutrients to your body and immune system.
As much as food can change everything, food can also be one of our biggest sources of inflammation. Our modern diets are loaded with processed, toxic and inflammatory foods. You now know that certain foods could lead to a leaky gut which could trigger autoimmunity and lead to even more inflammation.
Gluten for example is a big no no for people with autoimmune disease. Gluten causes the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart the tight junctions in your intestinal lining and cause leaky gut.
By removing processed, toxic and inflammatory foods from your diet and by adding nutrient dense, whole foods, that support your health, you can reduce your inflammation and work your way back to recovery and possibly reversal of your autoimmune condition.
The top 5 inflammatory foods are sugar, artificial transfat, refined carbohydrates, processed meat and excessive alcohol and should be avoided at all cost.
- SUGAR includes high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, candy, chocolate, soft drinks, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, sweet pastries and certain cereal.
- ARTIFICIAL TRANS FAT includes fried fast food, microwave popcorn, margarines, vegetable shortening, packaged cakes and cookies, pastries, all processed food with hydrogenated vegetable oil on the label etc.
- REFINED CARBOHYDRATES includes candy, bread, pasta, pastries, cereals, cookies, cakes, sugary soft drinks, and all processed food that contains added sugar or flour.
- PROCESSED MEAT includes processed sausages, deli meats, bacon, ham, smoked meat, salami, beef jerky, canned meat and meat-based sauces.
- And ALCOHOL includes pretty much any alcohol.