AIP – Meaning, Benefits and How to Follow


An autoimmune diet is primarily focused on reducing inflammation resulting from foods that elicit an autoimmune response. This happens when your body’s immune system mistakenly produces antibodies against healthy tissue and, glands, such as thyroid, arteries. That’s because normal tissues are seen as antigens by your dysfunctional immune system. Common antigens include viruses, pathogenic bacteria, and certain foods. Some common (except Hashimoto’s Syndrome), autoimmune diseases are:

  • Asthma 
  • Eczema (including rashes)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Type 1 Diabetes

There are several causes behind autoimmune conditions like, heredity, mycotoxins, alcoholism and chronic infections owing to food insensitivity. However, processed foods that contain gluten and industrial seed oils are, now known to stimulate autoimmune response. It is best advised to consult your physician for appropriate diagnosis.

This particular diet regimen has paleo origins. Maple instead of starch is an integral part of meals. It focuses on an Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in the diet in order to treat the “leaky gut.” It is widely believed that intestinal perforations “leak” food particles to other body parts. This, in turn, confuses the immune system whereby, rendering autoimmune response. 

How Does The Autoimmune Diet Benefit Health?

The autoimmune paleo diet is a highly strict regimen, aimed at controlling inflammation due to abnormal immune response. Once introduced, it must be followed for several weeks. 

This helps identify the stimulant. 

Check out the key benefits of the diet plan:

  • It boosts gut health by maintaining growth of symbiotic flora and fauna. 
  • It works phase-wise, first eliminating excess sugars, cereals, seeds, dairy foods, eggs, eggplant, etc.
  • It ensures vitamins and minerals in the meals.
  • The follow up includes reintroduction of eliminated foods, for minimum of 60 days. This identifies possible allergens.
  • It regulates hormone system by controlling what, how much and when we eat. Since caffeine is restricted, neurotransmitters are regulated. 

How To Follow The Diet?

  • Ensure that you get ample sleep
  • Avoid NSAIDs and alcohol
  • Follow a customized diet plan religiously

To make the autoimmune paleo diet a success, you must observe how your body reacts to cessation of legumes, gluten, etc. The same applies in case of introduction of newer foods like, broccoli and various fermented food varieties. 


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