Autoimmune Paleo, sometimes called Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet is an extension of the Paleolithic Diet. If you have an autoimmune issue you most likely have a damaged digestive tract that is preventing you from digesting your food properly. Not only are you not absorbing much of the nutrients from your food, but byproducts are passing through your intestines and leaking into your blood stream causing your immune system to respond. The AIP diet focuses on getting plenty of nutrient dense foods while avoiding foods that stimulate inflammation and an immune response.
The AIP approach was developed by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. Through diet, Dr. Ballantyne healed herself from a long list of autoimmune conditions. Find out more about the AIP diet on Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s web site.
When looking into special diets as a means of weight loss, to find relief from a health issue or simply to improve your overall health, always remember the concept of bio-individuality. Genetics play an important role in determining what foods are appropriate for each of us. Some people can efficiently break down starchy vegetables and grains, while others fair better omitting these foods entirely from their diet. Some humans have evolved to be able to digest cow’s milk while others lack the enzymes to do so. And some people are able to extract the nutrients they need from a plant based diet while others need a healthy dose of protein, fat and other nutrients found only in animal based foods. The point is that we’re all different and no one diet is best for everyone.
While I do make some individual recommendations to my personal clients, I try to avoid blanket statements about diet and health when talking to the masses. BUT, regardless of what foods you decide to eat or not eat, be sure to include plenty green vegetables and don’t forget to exercise every day.