What is the AIP diet? Experts weigh in on the pros and cons
Here’s what you need to know about controlling autoimmune disease symptoms with this diet.
If you have an autoimmune condition, you might want to give it a try. The elimination phase of the AIP diet can be tough to stick to, though, since you need to avoid a long list of foods. “Many of my patients just don’t see that that kind of discipline is worth the outcome,” Dr. Hylland said.
Eating out can also be problematic. “It can be next to impossible to follow if you want to have a full social life,” Samantha Cassetty, a registered dietitian based in New York City and the coauthor of “Sugar Shock,” told TODAY.Cassetty, who has rheumatoid arthritis, tried the AIP diet herself. “It eliminated some of the foods I enjoy routinely and I think of as quite nourishing,” she said. “The stress an elimination diet adds to your life is a big deal.” And she didn’t notice any changes in her symptoms before and after the AIP diet.
She acknowledged that some people do feel better after an AIP diet. “It could be the protocol, or it could be that they were eating very poorly beforehand and, by choosing more whole foods, they have more energy and feel better,” she said.There aren’t likely AIP diet side effects, but you want to make sure you don’t stay on the elimination phase of the diet for too long since you could develop nutritional deficiencies. headtopics.com
Dr. Hylland said that his patients who are overweight often benefit from diets that. “We know that heavier people with any form of arthritis or any autoimmune diseases have higher levels of disability. They have higher levels of pain. They tend to have poorer sleep,” he said.
He often points them toward theor the South Beach Diet. “They aren’t elimination diets. They are adjustment diets,” he said. “You can live on those quite nicely for a long time.” Read more: »
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