The immune system defends the body against infections and certain other diseases. It is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins known as antibodies. It identifies, attacks, and destroys germs and other foreign substances.
Sometimes the immune system makes a mistake and attacks the body’s own tissues or organs. This is called autoimmunity.
One example of an autoimmune disease is type 1 diabetes, in which the immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Other examples are lupus, arthritis, IBD, MS, or psoriasis.
The AIP diet is designed to help reduce inflammation in the body to relieve symptoms of autoimmune disorders. It advises eliminating foods that may cause inflammation in the gut and eating nutrient-rich foods. This diet is based on the belief that autoimmune conditions are caused by something called a “leaky gut.”
The AIP (autoimmune protocol) Diet reduces symptoms associated with:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Addison’s Disease
- Graves Disease
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Celiac Disease
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