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Old 08-11-2019, 15:34   #1
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I've noticed "AIP" showing up on some food posts on Pinterest (my go-to recipe place) , being included in diet friendly lists for individual recipes.

In looking it up I find that it is often referred to as a type of Paleo, but more restricted. Apparently it is an elimination diet of sorts. The premise being that AI is (can be?) caused by leaky gut, so foods that are known to cause inflammation (or make worse things like rheumatoid arthritis) are eliminated. One is supposed to follow this strict protocol for several weeks and then reintroduce foods one at a time to see if there is any increase of symptoms.

I, personally, am on a more restricted diet than most low-carbers (no eggs or dairy) so am on-board with most of their restrictions other than they allow some higher-carb foods than I can eat as a diabetic (i.e. fruits and honey).

The major difference from Paleo is that the AIP eliminates dairy and eggs, all nuts and seeds, and nightshades. I can see the point withy the last three, - nuts and seeds are high in PUFAs (which can cause inflammation) and nightshades have a reputation for not being arthritis friendly.

To (finally) get to my point. Have any of you who have AI or rheumatoid arthritis found that eliminating any particular foods to be beneficial? I have a mild autoimmune condition - the most prevalent symptom is fatigue. I might try eliminating nuts and seeds and nightshades to see if there's any lessening of symptoms, but was wondering what others' experiences might be.

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I've noticed "AIP" showing up on some food posts on Pinterest (my go-to recipe place) , being included in diet friendly lists for individual recipes.

In looking it up I find that it is often referred to as a type of Paleo, but more restricted. Apparently it is an elimination diet of sorts. The premise being that AI is (can be?) caused by leaky gut, so foods that are known to cause inflammation (or make worse things like rheumatoid arthritis) are eliminated. One is supposed to follow this strict protocol for several weeks and then reintroduce foods one at a time to see if there is any increase of symptoms.

I, personally, am on a more restricted diet than most low-carbers (no eggs or dairy) so am on-board with most of their restrictions other than they allow some higher-carb foods than I can eat as a diabetic (i.e. fruits and honey).

The major difference from Paleo is that the AIP eliminates dairy and eggs, all nuts and seeds, and nightshades. I can see the point withy the last three, - nuts and seeds are high in PUFAs (which can cause inflammation) and nightshades have a reputation for not being arthritis friendly.

To (finally) get to my point. Have any of you who have AI or rheumatoid arthritis found that eliminating any particular foods to be beneficial? I have a mild autoimmune condition - the most prevalent symptom is fatigue. I might try eliminating nuts and seeds and nightshades to see if there's any lessening of symptoms, but was wondering what others' experiences might be.
Well, I have my first auto-immune condition I've ever known of. I had lots of weird problems with fingertips and nails like cracking skin, rough nails, etc. The specialist said it was a form of psoriasis, which is an auto-immune condition. Alas, I really don't buy the popular beliefs about eggs and dairy. From dairy, I mainly consume the butterfat, occasionally small amounts of dairy protein and virtually no lactose. Eggs and dairy are a MAJOR part of my diet and I'm not about to eliminate them! I think they just became whipping boys behind the cholesterol and saturated fat mythology.

Another thing that can cause leaky gut (and thus auto-immune conditions) is LOW stomach acid. Proteins are inadequately broken down and so too-large pieces of protein fragments and endo-toxins enter the blood from the intestines, enlarging (damaging) the tight junctions in the process, i.e., intestinal leakage. These proteins and endo-toxins are what trigger auto-immune conditions. PPIs and similar medications are probably contributing to an auto-immune epidemic that no one knows about yet.

Is GERD an Autoimmune Disease?

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