How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet

Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the condition when the body’s immune defense mechanism erroneously works against itself and tends to destroy its own healthy cells and tissues. Basically these diseases crop up as a result of the inapt response of the body against the components usually present inside the body. More than 80 different kinds of immune diseases such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Grave’s diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis have been recognized with its severity spanning from mild discomfort to fatal disabilities depending upon the part of the body which is affected and to what extent. Autoimmune diseases may lead to abnormal growth or inappropriate functioning of organs or it may damage multiple tissues and organs including skin, muscles, red blood cells, thyroid glands and connective tissues. In this article we talk about how to cure autoimmune disease with diet. This is a follow-up from out article Can You Eat To Cure Disease?

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – L-Glutamine

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Glutamine is produced in the muscles and is distributed by the blood to the organs that need it. Glutamine might help gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress.
  1. Improves gastrointestinal health because it is a vital nutrient for the intestines to rebuild and repair
  2. Helps heal ulcers and leaky gut by acting as a Band-Aid for protection from further damage
  3. Is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain and helps with memory, focus and concentration
  4. Improves IBS and diarrhea by balancing mucus production, which results in healthy bowel movements
  5. Promotes muscle growth and decreases muscle wasting
  6. Improves athletic performance and recovery from endurance exercise
  7. Improves metabolism and cellular detoxification
  8. Curbs cravings for sugar and alcohol
  9. Fights cancer
  10. Improves diabetes and blood sugar

Foods with L-Gluatmine

The dietary sources of glutamine includes especially the protein-rich foods like beef, chicken, fish, dairy products, eggs, vegetables like beans, beets, cabbage, spinach, carrots, parsley, vegetable juices and also in wheat, papaya, brussel sprouts, celery, kale and fermented foods like miso. These are the natural food sources for L-Glutamine. But this may constitute only 4-8% of the requirement of the body and hence the supplement form is a requisite at some situations.

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – Supplements

Glutamine supplements are available in the form of powder or capsule forms. Owing to its reasonable price, the powder form is preferred. Alternatively, several capsules are necessary to replace one scoop of the powder form. The supplements may be glutamine peptides or L glutamine. Some people prefer glutamine peptides because, for some, it is more easily digestible compared to L-Glutamine.

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – Bone broth how to cure autoimmune disease with diet

Bone broth is just dressed-up stock. You can make it with any animal bones — beef, chicken, turkey, whatever — which you roast and then simmer with vegetables for hours. It’s not exactly a new food (grandmothers have been making it for ages), but those who swear by it say the vitamins and minerals you get from the broken-down bones have powerful healing properties, and can help to alleviate joint and gut pain, boost your immune system, brighten skin and even make your hair shiny.
As for the best way to heal your gut: bone broth. A lot of it. When I did my bone broth phase I was making it at least once a week if not more. I’d make enough for 2-3 days. Chicken broth is what I started with then eventually worked my way up to beef broth. I did this phase for two months and I’ve had to revisit it a few times after major episodes. Make sure to eat organic only. Do not buy store bought broth. You need to buy a whole organic chicken or organic grass fed only beef bones and make your own broth. Broth bought at the store will not contain what your body needs and may contain other harmful byproducts.

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – Herbal remedies

For centuries, various herbs and spices have been promoted as healers for the body. For instance, in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, both herbs and spices comprise the majority of treatments. Through thousands of years of use, medicinal substances have been identified and categorized to treat digestive and other common disorders. Despite the fact that many prescription drugs are fashioned after naturally occurring herbs, limited research has been done on their efficacy and safety when used alone or in combination for specific digestive problems.

Unlike prescription medications, natural remedies aren’t regulated by the FDA and therefore are more at risk of being adulterated or contaminated during processing. When clients ask about herbal and other natural therapies, it’s best to educate them about the ones that have been scientifically studied, caution them about those that don’t have much science behind them, and suggest they use them under the supervision of their primary care physicians, especially if they’re taking prescription drugs for other health issues.

The following is a review of the most common natural remedies that may be used to treat digestive disorders and advice on how to use them.

Tumeric

Research has shown that turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects, which may explain its effectiveness in preventing relapses of ulcerative colitis. In one randomized controlled trial, fewer patients experienced relapse when taking turmeric with conventional treatment.9 However, there was no difference between the groups after one year. Researchers are in the process of examining ways to overcome turmeric’s reduced bioavailability after consumption.

Milk Thistle

Native to Europe, milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has long been used as food and medicine. Currently, it’s used to treat alcoholic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, liver poisoning, and viral hepatitis and to protect the liver from the damaging effects of toxins.

Slippery Elm

As the name suggests, slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) contains a gel-like substance called mucilage that coats the esophagus. It’s this substance that may make slippery elm an effective natural treatment for GERD. The herb is available as a lozenge, capsule, tincture, or tea to treat digestive distress.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the doses health care practitioners may recommend to clients will vary based on the preparation. Typical doses may include 4 g of powdered bark dissolved in 2 cups of hot water three times per day or 400 to 500 mg in capsule form three to four times per day for four to eight weeks

Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a distinct and pungent flavor, and is known for relieving nausea. Denine Rogers, RD, LD, president of HEPSA Living Healthy, recommends raw ginger or ginger tea to clients as a natural remedy. “I’ve had multiple clients with cancer who have benefited from chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea during their treatments,” she says.A study published in the May 2013 issue of Neurogastroenterology & Motility supported the use of ginger to alleviate nausea in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy; however, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that research is mixed on ginger’s effectiveness in this area.

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – Fermented foods 

I don’t think there’s a set amount because there’s sufficient variation from one individual to another. I have something probiotic maybe once or twice a week. I like pickling and storing vegetables from my Autumn harvest, and those usually result in something delicious. I’m a particular fan of garlic dill pickles with beef or poultry. This is a decent recipe, which is similar to the one I use. I also have sauerkraut and occasionally Kombucha, though it’s not my favorite thing in the world.

Remember that part of maintaining a healthy ecosystem in your gut is eating a wide variety of healthy foods. You want the microbes that thrive on unhealthy foods to starve and the microbes that thrive on healthy foods to flourish. An overall healthy diet (mostly plants and some meat) is going to do wonders whether or not you regularly eat probiotic foods and drinks

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – Coconut oil

I don’t pretend to be extremely versed with coconut oil, but as far as I can tell from the research I’ve done on cononut oil it appears to have a lot of positive effects. Coconut oil consists largely of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), and this fat type has shown a lot of promising effects in research papers that I’ve found. Evidently the breaking down of MCTs results in higher energy expenditure and increased metabolism. Also in general healthy fats are often good for regulating hormone levels, as they can be used in the synthesis of hormones due to their similar chemical composition. Again, I’m not an expert on the matter and aside from a decent understanding of chemistry and biology, have no real background in formal nutrition. This is however the conclusion I’ve come to from the research I’ve done.

 

How to Cure Autoimmune Disease with Diet – Intermittent fasting 

And last but not least: healing your gut through Intermittent Fasting

Science is increasingly revealing that microorganisms living in your gut are there performing indispensable functions. Known as your microbiome, about 100 trillion of these cells populate your body, particularly your intestines and other parts of your digestive system.

There is also an emerging consensus that most disease originates in your digestive system, and this includes conditions that impact your brain, your heart, your weight and your immune system, among others. There’s also evidence that the microorganisms present in your gut can affect how well you age,1 and this, of course, ties in directly with the latest research on calorie restriction and longevity.

One important thing to remember about the microbes in your gut is that they are not static. They can change profoundly throughout your life, for better or for worse, and one of the biggest influences on this change is your diet.

Indeed, the latest study showed that life-long calorie restriction in mice “significantly changes the overall structure of the gut microbiota” in ways that promote longevity.2 So it now appears that one reason why calorie restriction may lengthen lifespan is because it promotes positive changes to the microorganisms in your gut.

Here are some common questions and answers.

 

Q: Isn’t not eating for that long dangerous?

A: What’s more dangerous, eating all the time or eating when you’re actually hungry? Intermittent fasting isn’t about depriving your body of what it needs, it’s just creating a smaller window of time where you can give it what it needs. You’re not even restricting calories, you’re merely restricting the time frame in which you consume them.

Creating a larger window of time spent in the fasting state is actually really good for your health. It strengthens your insulin receptors and speeds up your metabolism, and it puts your body into a fat burning state that nothing else can.

As a culture, we’re afraid of not eating, I get that. But is there a logical reason for this? Not really. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors wouldn’t eat all the time, and they were a hell of a lot healthier than us.

Q: Will drinking coffee or tea in the morning ruin the whole effect?

A: You can definitely consume coffee, in fact, it’s beneficial if your goal is to burn more fat. Coffee also has a satiating effect so it’ll help you feel less hungry. Black coffee, even with a splash of cream, definitely won’t ruin the effects of IF. You can even do the bulletproof thing and add some grass-fed butter to your coffee.

According to Mark’s Daily Apple, you can have a pure fat source during your fast, it’ll just slow fat burning a bit. The extra fat does take the edge off a bit if you’re not used to fasting.

Q: Is it OK to keep fasting after a workout? Don’t I need a protein shake or something?

A: You can keep fasting after a workout, but your muscles still need to be replenished somehow. If you want to get bigger and gain muscle, time your workouts for when your fast is supposed to end so that you can have a big meal afterward.

If this isn’t possible then it’s time to look at your priorities, you can’t have it all. What’s the primary objective, gaining muscle or losing fat? If it’s muscle and your schedule doesn’t allow for a meal post-workout that fits with your IF schedule, then maybe do your more intense workouts on your days off work to allow for a post workout meal.

Taking a BCAA supplement won’t break your fast, just be careful to stay away from the ones with a ton of artificial sweeteners and colors.

Q: Do I have to practice intermittent fasting every day of the week?

A: Hell to the no. That’s the beauty of IF. It’s not something you must do consistently to reap the benefits. You’ll benefit whenever you can fit it in. If you work a really crazy job where you just can’t schedule meals and workouts to work together, you can fast on your days off and still benefit.

If you want to go out for brunch with your friends on the weekend, go for it. It won’t make the next day’s fast any less effective.

Q: What the hell does IF have to do with entrepreneurship?

A: Ha! Glad you asked. The benefits of intermittent fasting go way beyond just physical. The mental benefits are what hooked me to begin with. Fasting improves brain function in a few ways.

It boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which helps existing neurons survive while promoting the growth of new ones. To give some context, those with Alzheimer’s have been shown to have low levels of BDNF.

Fasting also boosts neuronal autophagy which our brains are entirely dependent on if we expect them to function at a high level. Autophagy allows our brains to repair themselves and get rid of waste.

Anyone can benefit from these brain-boosting effects, but most people don’t give a fuck. As a (successful) entrepreneur you become obsessed with improving your performance all the time. This is how you get better, and your brain and body play a huge role in this process.

Plus IF is a major time saver. Eating and preparing food takes up so much time I’d rather spent working on my business.

Q: How intense should my workouts be while fasting?

A: My favorite exercises to do while I’m fasting are chill ones like a long walk in the park or a hike in the woods. It’s one thing if you’re planning on eating a large meal after a really intense workout done in a fasted state, but it’s another if you can’t replenish after like I talked about above.

Here’s another way to look at it; fasting is stressful. That’s part of why it’s so beneficial. It offers a form of eustress (the good kind) the type of stress that makes you stronger and more resilient, yet it’s still stress in the end.

Exercise stresses your body too. Especially intense training that requires a lot of recovery time. Most experts like Martin Berkhan and Brad Pilon recommend no more than 2-3 weight training sessions per 7-10 days when you’re doing a 16-hour intermittent fasting schedule. Take that into consideration before you try and hit the gym every day while fasting.

Q: Can I do cardio while practicing IF?

A: You can do cardio while practicing IF but depending on the type of cardio you might want to time it right before breaking the fast.

If you’re doing a HIIT workout, you need to be replenishing afterward, at least with BCAA’s. Keep that in mind and run for your life!

Q: Can I take supplements during my fast?

A: You can, it’s not like they have calories, but be careful as some vitamins and nootropics should be taken with food for optimal absorption.

The one supplement you might want to consider taking is BCAA’s, especially if you’re working out during your fast and not eating afterward. Taking BCAA’s will help with recovery and it’ll ease the hunger pangs that exercise can sometimes induce.

For people who may not know about BCAAs – Branched Chain Amino Acids – They are a very low-calorie supplement and are used during a fasted workout to spare muscle. The jury is out on whether BCAA break your fast or not so use them depending on your goals.

Q: Is IF safe for seniors and kids or is it just for bodybuilders?

A: It’s not just for bodybuilders. Even people who don’t really exercise can benefit from intermittent fasting.

Seniors can definitely benefit, especially for the positive effects on brain health and the fact that intermittent fasting has been shown to keep cancer away and strengthen the immune system in general.

Fasting might even protect against stroke by reducing levels of inflammatory cytokines. Other studies have shown IF is beneficial for protecting against Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.

Kids, on the other hand, don’t need to fast. They’re kids, they need as much food as they can get. If a kid is overweight, they probably get too much sugar and junk food, which can easily be fixed.

Q: I don’t get it, how does fasting extend your life?

A: The first question that needs to be asked, to truly understand the answer to this is question, is what causes aging in the first place?

Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is thought to control aging. When mice were fed a strong inhibitor of mTOR, their lifespan increased substantially. Fasting and lowering insulin also inhibit mTOR and in turn have a longevity effect.

The first study done on the topic of intermittent fasting and longevity began in 1945 on rats. Each rat was given a fasting schedule, one day out of four, one day out of three or every second day. The females did best on the one day out of three schedule, while the male rats did best fasting every second day.

All the rats who fasted did better than they’re fully fed daily rationed ratty counterparts. The fasted rats were generally just healthier, they weighed less, lived longer, and lived happily ever after.

Of course, humans aren’t rats, but we seem to follow a similar trajectory when it comes to the side effects of intermittent fasting.

Q: Should women follow the same IF protocol as men and if not, how should they change it?

A: Here is the article for Intermittent Fasting for Women. To address this question right away though, the answer is a tad confusing. Everyone is different and some women can handle not eating for 16 hours, yet if the rat study on longevity that I talked about above tells us anything it’s that women might not need to fast as long to reap the benefits. Just another upper hand that the ladies have right?

I know plenty of women who fast for 12 or 14 hours instead of 16 and still maintain similar benefits. There’s evidence to show that women respond to intermittent fasting quite differently than men as they’re much more sensitive to hunger signals.

For most women, it’s safe to try if you’re not pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant. However, it has to feel good. If you feel like shit while you’re fasting then you might be trying to stretch it out too long. There’s nothing wrong with doing shorter fasts, you’ll still get some results but without the excessive negative stress. Some women might opt to cut out breakfast but have a bite to eat later in the morning.

Q: I find when I skip breakfast that by the time lunch rolls around I overcompensate and eat more that I usually would. Doesn’t this negate the positive effects of skipping breakfast?

A: If you find that you’re overeating at lunch then it’s time to take a look at WHAT exactly you’re eating to create this cycle of excess. Intermittent fasting isn’t an excuse to eat high sugar refined crap foods. Eating those things no matter how long you go without them will inevitably set you up for failure.

Stick to a diet with plenty of healthy fats, lots of high-quality protein, fruits, and vegetables. It’s simple: just eat real food. When you do this, you won’t get the same insane urge to eat so much in one sitting.

Q: Will Intermittent Fasting cause me to lose muscle?

A: No way, in fact, many people even gain muscle with IF. How else do you think this shit got so popular? But seriously, you can make pretty crazy gains with IF, just make sure to get plenty of protein in during your feeding window and BCAA’s before or after your workouts.

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