Intuitively, we know that what we eat impacts how we feel. The Diet section will cover diets advertised to help autoimmune symptoms and flares, leaky gut and research on trigger foods such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar.

7 Ingredients Your Leaky Gut Hates (Hint: Hold the Cool Whip)

Winter cake

Are ingredients in processed foods (food additives) a contributor for leaky gut? Food additives have been proposed as a likely culprit in increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome (1). In particular, surfactants/emulsifiers added to food products are known to increase intestinal permeability. Connecting the dots is not difficult when considering that surfactants are used as ingredients in medications to increase their absorption by opening

Stevia Is *Not* a Good Sweetener for an Autoimmune Diet

Stevia and autoimmune do not mix

I strive to be discerning and unbiased in my work as a Nutritionist, and as an integrative practitioner, I feel that it is paramount to remain open to new perspectives.  This doesn’t change the fact that I feel horrible when I realize that I’ve been giving the wrong advice, or that I’ve allowed a potentially harmful product to slip under my radar. Such is the

Which Foods Are Your Inflammatory Triggers? The Elimination Diet in Four Steps

Beginning the elimination diet

If there’s one thing that a person with autoimmunity should do to start the healing process, it is to first figure out what foods are acting as inflammatory triggers.  For many, this can seem daunting.  We have deep-rooted emotional connections to the foods and beverages that we consume, whether we realize it or not.  Embark upon an elimination diet, and you will soon understand what

The Delicate Balance: Acid-Alkaline Levels

Acid Alkaline Chart

A very important, but sometimes overlooked, element of managing diet for us autoimmune moms is the acid-alkaline balance.  There will be more discussion on this in future posts written by our amazing functional nutrition author, but for now, I wanted to share the best infographic to use as a reference plus some other good articles. Why is acid-alkaline balance important? If your diet is too

Ending the Autoimmune Drinking Game: Alcohol, Inflammation and Avoiding Flares

Alcohol and autoimmune

How much alcohol can you drink and avoid an autoimmune flare?  That’s a drinking game you don’t want to play with your body, and it’s one of the million dollar questions asked by anyone experiencing autoimmunity.  This is a critical question to have answered before the next girls’ night out, so let’s drill down and work toward helping you to answer this question for yourself,