Diet plays a crucial role in managing autoimmune diseases. Functional medicine nutrition focuses on identifying trigger foods and sensitivities that might exacerbate symptoms. It emphasizes diets rich in anti-inflammatory foods, nutrients, and antioxidants that support the immune system and aid in reducing inflammation. Some popular diets that align with the principles of functional medicine nutrition include:
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)
This diet eliminates foods that may trigger inflammation, such as grains, dairy, legumes, and nightshade vegetables. It emphasizes nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Known for its heart-healthy benefits, this diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats like olive oil. It is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
This diet focuses on consuming foods that our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era, such as lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, while avoiding processed foods and grains.
Gluten, a protein found in wheat and related grains, can trigger autoimmune responses in individuals with conditions like celiac disease. A gluten-free diet eliminates gluten-containing foods while promoting a balanced intake of other nutrients.
Sarah Treat Nutrition doesn’t rely on cookie-cutter wellness plans for any of our clients. Even if you’ve tried these diets before, there’s still so much more our team can do for your autoimmune condition. We’re going to tailor your diet to your unique needs while encouraging you with education and support. We are your health team, and we want you to succeed!