Since the body’s immune system is largely regulated in the gut – 70% of your immune system is controlled within your gastrointestinal microbiome – it is safe to say that those with chronic inflammation and autoimmune reactions should look to concentrate on restoring the health of their gut by adding to the diet a mix of beneficial natural substances and avoiding the harmful processed ones. Thus, conducting autoimmune disease and diet research is a must for those looking for a natural remedy.
6 Things To Avoid, And Why
In order to naturally manage your immune response and chronic inflammation, the first thing to do is not ingest substances in food that kill the good microbes in your gut or substances that will erode the gut lining, also called “Leaky Gut” Syndrome. Here are a just a few of the more serious items to avoid if possible:
Antibiotics – Kills both good and bad microbes while linked to ‘leaky gut” syndrome. Having been over-prescribed for decades to the point of being much less effective in combating many serious infectious bacteria, antibiotics many times do not need to be used and can be
substituted for (as per your integrative doctor) with a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal, such as oregano oil.
Chemical (fake) sweeteners – Kills good microbes but also increases the number of bad microbes linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and chronic inflammation (video).
Stress – Chronic stress is linked to “Leaky Gut” Syndrome, cancer, heart disease, obesity and other health concerns. “Leaky Gut” syndrome is a direct cause of autoimmune and inflammation illnesses.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup – This is a ubiquitous industrial food-like product that has been shown to have mercury and other contaminants as a by-product of the processing. Research at Children’s Hospital in Oakland has linked HFCS to “Leaky Gut” Syndrome, and many studies have shown it to be associated with a plethora of disorders.
Pesticides/Herbicides (go organic) – Glyphosate, used in Round-Up, is heavily sprayed on GMO crops and used regularly on most fruits and vegetables and it has been shown to kill the gut’s beneficial bacteria and also interfere with the proper functioning of the gut’s good bacteria as it interrupts the synthesis of certain amino acids. As a result, studies show these amino acids are depleted from the microbiome resulting in links to inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, autism, and Parkinson’s.
Cheap Meat (go grass-fed) – The meat coming from the Confined Cattle Feeding Operations (chicken and pork also) are loaded with antibiotics and growth hormones, plus they are being fed a GMO grain diet replete with glyphosate – all of which is being passed on to you. In addition, the “meat glue” the industry uses to patch scraps together as a way to make cheap steaks is called transglutaminase, which recent studies in Germany and Israel linked to “leaky gut” syndrome (a direct cause of autoimmune and chronic inflammation illnesses).
Whether you have an immune response condition or not, it can not be stressed enough to attempt, as much as possible, to eat organic and reduce your intake of processed foods and pesticides. Especially those packaged foods with labels that have chemical ingredients, some of which (like emulsifiers) damage the gut’s bacteria and have been linked to cancer and the cause of the erosion of the gut lining, “leaky gut” syndrome, as substances then go through holes in the gut lining and cause the body to have an adverse immune reaction.
Reduce intake of refined sugar and flour, which feed the bad bacteria, by substituting in very limited amounts, raw honey, molasses, or pure maple syrup and using only whole grain products sparingly (if you have a serious condition, ask your integrative doctor about an elimination diet and a “leaky gut” test).
Re-flourish The Microbiome
Now that we have eliminated from our diet that which harms the gut’s microbiome, it is necessary to add natural components to your daily regimen that decreases chronic inflammation, increases the good bacteria and eliminates the bad. This is a process, and it is not particularly a pain-free one because at first there may be minor withdrawal symptoms from some of the substances you are avoiding. Also, depending on your digestive sensitivity and the severity of your gut issues, there may be some minor “die-off” symptoms as the bad is eliminated. Consider these a good sign and embrace the results.
Coconut Oil & Olive Oil – Coconut oil has been found in a recent study to benefit the gut flora and reduce autoimmune symptoms in Crohn’s Disease sufferers. It has numerous health benefits and is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Extra-virgin olive oil is a polyphenol anti-oxidant known to have anti-inflammatory effects, among many other health benefits. Avoid canola oil (vegetable oil) as it is processed with hexane, a petroleum by-product. Canola oil is linked to numerous chronic disorders.
Turmeric – The nation of India, known for their turmeric laden curry dishes, has very little incidences of colon and bowel cancers, and their incidents of Alzheimer’s is one-quarter of that in the US. Curcumin, a component of turmeric, has been proven to kill cancer cells, so this known super-anti-inflammatory spice should be integrated into everyone’s diet.
Prebiotics – These are a particular type of fiber that feeds probiotics and gut flora, allowing them to colonize and flourish, and has been shown to lower autoimmune and inflammatory symptoms.
Raw foods defined as prebiotic:
- Green bananas
- Dandelion greens
- Acacia gum – Acacia fiber as a supplement works well in smoothies or dissolved in liquids.
Probiotics – Live microorganisms needed to maintain a healthy microbiome contained in supplements and foods that are fermented, and a few that are not. Besides regulating the lining of the gut, probiotics crowd out the bad bacteria and support immune function and reduce inflammation. Probiotic foods include:
- Dark chocolate (>=70%)
- Greek yogurt
- Green olives
- Fresh local sourdough bread
- Fresh green peas
- Acidophilus milk (organic)
- Swiss cheese
I26 Immune Supplement – Clinical trials indicate this super-food uses specific immunity to eliminate the bad bacteria which allows the good bacteria to repopulate. For autoimmune sufferers, it was shown to modulate autoimmune response and balance the immune system – so if you are being prescribed immunosuppressive drugs that suppresses your immune system, ask your doctor if you can try i26 instead and you will get a balanced immune system back, and then some, with no side effects.
It has also been clinically shown to normalize chronic inflammation, as measured by CRP blood tests, and has no side effects. A great science-backed autoimmune and diet staple.
Peony Root Extract – From the root of the peony flower. This gem from mother nature has been studied recently and the research has discovered it’s components work to balance the immune system and modulate autoimmune response. It is used in China as a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and has had notable effects on psoriasis patients.
Oregano essential oil – Adding 5-10 drops of oregano essential oil to your smoothies or juice for 10 days every other month is a healthy choice for gastrointestinal repair as it is an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, digestive, emmenagogue and anti-allergenic resulting in numerous health benefits (not to be used if pregnant). Do not take oregano oil straight as it is very strong.
Checking Your Progress
Having a simple C-Reactive Protein (CRP) blood test done to see where your inflammation level currently sits and comparing the numbers in a few months is a great way to monitor your progress. C-Reactive Protein is a marker for inflammation that rises with the onset of chronic inflammation, but it can also be temporarily high with minor infections in the body – so wait until those have cleared up.
There are natural solutions that have been proven to heal the body without the side effects of modern medicine’s chemical alternatives, and when being used in conjunction with one another and by also eliminating the bad stuff, the approach can prove successful in managing chronic inflammation and immune response issues. Even by itself, the i26 product has been a miracle for many, so help yourself to healthy choices to manage the problem.
If you have a sedentary lifestyle, try and get out and move around more if you are able to by taking walks – use that time to calm any stress you may have while you’re out there. Take chlorella for a few months to eliminate heavy metals from the body as these harmful substances may be causing an inflammatory response (don’t buy supplements imported from China though). Autoimmune disease and diet choices – begin to understand the effects of what you consume and you will live a healthier life.
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