Diet for autoimmune disease
Suitable food for autoimmune diseases
DIET TO IMPROVE AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
How diet can improve an autoimmune disease?
Besides medical treatment, it is highly advisable to search for an expert nutritionist or dietitian in diet therapy for these diseases. (Consult dietitians associations or universities)
A healthy and proper diet can improve many symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and also, in general, it is advisable to maintain good health.
In the control of autoimmune diseases, food plays an important role, considering that most of our defenses are concentrated in the intestines.
It has been shown how some components of food can cause immune reactions and trigger outbreaks or aggravation of these diseases.
Does diet always improve symptoms of immune disorders?
Grated carrot with lemon, a very simple recipe for healthy intestines
The diet for autoimmune diseases aims to reduce the components that may produce or worsen the health of the intestines, or improve certain symptoms.
In some cases, the diet may be insufficient to improve significantly the disease, although it should be noted that inadequate nutrition worsens the symptoms of the disease.
DIET FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
Recommended feeding for autoimmune diseases
Fortunately, a recommended diet to help improve autoimmune diseases is also a very healthy diet for the whole family.
You can practice a healthy diet eating the proper foods for autoimmune diseases:
- Vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals: carrots, nettles, pumpkin, chayote, zucchini, artichokes, spinach, lettuce, purslane, dandelion, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, radishes, mushrooms, seaweed salad, creamed vegetables, grated carrot, vegetable skewers, etc.
- Fruits rich in antioxidants and healthy energy: avocado, mango, apples, persimmons, pears, stewed fruit, peaches, fresh coconut, cooked pears, dragon fruit, orange, guava, custard apple, pineapple,, etc.
Mango is rich in vitamins C, E, A and folic acid
- Extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin oil or other or unrefined seed oils (1a cold pressing). Avoid fried foods of any kind.
- Sauces and pates: Homemade sauces, guacamole, homemade garlic sauce, mayonnaise, carrot, mushroom pate, vegetable pates in general.
- Vegetable drinks with calcium, coconut milk instead of cream milk or cream
- In case of non-vegetarian diets, you can eat also: eggs, small fish (sardines, monkfish, sea bass and hake), white meat (turkey, chicken, rabbit). Avoid processed meats (sausages, cold cuts, etc.)
- Herbs: Laurel, garlic, onion, thyme, rosemary, mint, cinnamon, ginger, etc, which will also help in some ways to fight infectious bacteria.. Spices and condiments in moderation. Avoid irritants such as cayenne pepper and too hot spices.
What sweets to eat or what to eat on special days?
Flourless home truffles, with less fat and more nutrients than industrial counterparts
It is important to avoid those products that are harmful to the disease.
Industrial products contain a lot of bad fat, too much sugar, dairy, gluten or additives are not recommended. These foods are not recommended in any healthy diet.
There are healthy substitutes to industrial sweets without flour, gluten and dairy, which may also be fun to prepare and are delicious in those days when you feel like eating something special, while still eating healthy foods.
Can nuts, legumes or whole grains be eaten with immune diseases?
To reduce anti-nutrient content substances (lectins, phytates,...) and to be well tolerated, legumes should be placed in long soak at least 8 hours. At this time not only moisturize the beans, but the substances causing indigestion are removed and availability of vitamins and minerals is improved.
In the case of legumes and whole grains they will have to be given enough time to cook them properly (Not to remain hard).
When whole grains are consumed, it is recommended to wash them with plenty of water because the husks have traces of pesticides and plant protection products. They should also be organically grown,
In the case of nuts, it is recommended roasting them slightly after the long soaking, to destroy their antinutrients (Do not fry or add salt).
Even following the directions above, these foods may feel you bad or produce you discomfort or gastrointestinal reactions. In certain cases, some experts recommend removing these foods temporarily because they contain anti-nutrients. They must be reintroduced slowly, 1 to 1 to assess which one is feeling good and which one should be avoided (This must be evaluated by the physician and dietitian)
Chickpeas, lentils and other legumes should be soaked and cook for a long time. nuts and whole grains also should be soaked.
Healthy foods that can feel bad
The following foods can cause some intolerance in certain people:
- It has been reported that strawberries may feel bad because they the are the fruits that have more pesticide residues and contaminants. If consumed, only the wild ones are recommended or those orchard-grown by means of organic farming.
- The vegetables in the nightshade family (which are eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes) contain an alkaloid that is sometimes recommended, but not this rule should be strictly followed because cooking destroys this component, called solanine. Yes you should avoid eating green potatoes or those with crickets because they contain lots of solanine. Nor eat green tomatoes, which have a higher content of solanine that mature or red tomatoes.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.