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Start the New Year with an Anti-inflammatory Detox Diet

If you’re like most people, you over indulged during the holidays and now you’d like to reboot your health with a detox diet. This is an autoimmune diet I often use to help people calm  inflammation, stimulate repair and recovery, and boost energy while preventing hunger. It also helps tame autoimmunity and repair leaky gut.

Remove foods that cause inflammation  

Many of the foods people eat on daily basis can be inflammatory, causing fatigue, rashes, joint pain, digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, depression, autoimmune flare ups, and more.

The most common foods people react to are gluten, dairy, various grains, eggs, nuts, and nightshades. Sugar, sweeteners, and sweet fruits also cause inflammation.

The autoimmune detox diet calms inflammation

People new to this diet often wonder if there is anything left to eat. There is plenty to eat on the autoimmune diet! In fact, the autoimmune diet more closely resembles what people have eaten for most of human history.

The diet is based on grass-fed and organic meats, wild fish, healthy fats, fermented foods, and lots of veggies. Eating plenty of vegetables will help build good gut bacteria, detoxify the liver, and boost immune health and tolerance of more foods.

Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and ghee (if tolerated). Avoid processed vegetable oils and strictly avoid hydrogenated oils, or trans fats.

The rewards of feeling better outweigh the downsides

The autoimmune detox diet is certainly more work than eating fast food or microwave meals. But the rewards in how much better it will make you feel are worth the effort.

This diet requires planning and preparation. You may experience cravings, low energy, and some detox symptoms for a few days in the beginning. Online support groups can be very reassuring and helpful.

However, it doesn’t take long before most people feel an increase in energy and well being and actually come to enjoy the diet. Many also lose unwanted fat.

People with significant health concerns may do the diet for 30 to 90 days. But even if you do it for 7-10 days, you can reap many rewards. Many find going on this program for 2 weeks have great  health benefits.

Supplements to enhance detoxification and gut repair

I usually include several nutritional compounds to aid in this metabolic reboot. Some are great at supporting liver detoxification, gut repair, blood sugar balance, and stress handling, all of which can aid you in your new diet. Call me  for advice on how to go through one of the comprehensive programs I offer. Or if you think this might a help a health concern of yours.

Foods to avoid on the autoimmune detox diet

  • Sugars and sweeteners, including honey, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.
  • High-glycemic fruits: Watermelon, mango, pineapple, grapes, canned and dried fruits, etc.
  • Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other nightshades
  • Mushrooms
  • Grains: Wheat, oats, rice, barley, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, etc.
  • Dairy: Milk, cream, cheese, butter, whey
  • Eggs or foods that contain eggs (mayonnaise)
  • Soy: Soy milk, soy sauce, tofu, tempeh, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Lectins: Lectins are compounds that can promote leaky gut. Avoid nuts, beans, soy, nightshades, peanut oil, peanut butter, and soy and soy products while on the diet. You may be able to add some or all back in later.
  • Coffee: For some coffee over taxes the adrenal glands. Many instant coffees contain gluten.
  • Processed and canned foods

Foods to eat

  • Most vegetables (except nightshades and mushrooms): Asparagus, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, carrots, celery, artichokes, garlic, onions, zucchini, squash, rhubarb, cucumbers, turnips, watercress, etc. Eat with every meal!
  • Fermented foods: Sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, fermented cucumbers, coconut yogurt, kombucha, etc. You must make your own or buy one of the few available truly fermented brands. (If you have histamine intolerance you may need to avoid these.)
  • Meats: Grass-fed and organic chicken, turkey, beef, bison, lamb, etc., and wild fish
  • Low glycemic fruits sparingly: Apricots, plums, apple, peach, pear, cherries, berries, etc.
  • Coconut: Coconut butter, milk, cream, oil
  • Herbal teas, non-stimulating, non-caffeinated
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Ghee (butter oil) unless severe dairy allergy