How Diets Can Help Prevent and Treat Autoimmune Diseases


Many of you know someone or have an autoimmune condition. Approximately, more than 23 million Americans deal with an autoimmune disease (i.e. Lupus, RA, Crohn’s, Psoriasis and IBD). There are actually more than 80 types and they affect mostly women. At the core of these conditions is the immune system attacking the body’s organs, tissues, and cells. Good news: diet and lifestyle changes can help mitigate these symptoms and even put some of them into remission. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, along with managing stress and getting adequate sleep can control flare-ups. 


Top Anti-inflammatory Foods

1. Turmeric| Rheumatoid Arthritis

2. Blueberries| Combat Neuroinflammation

3. Plant Based Foods| Lupus

4. Healthy Fats: olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, increase Vitamin D and Omega-3 | IBD, Psoriasis


Top Foods to Avoid

1. Gluten| Celiac, Hashimotos, Graves, IBD

2. Dairy| Hashimotos, IBD and some celiac

3. Seeds and Sprouts | Lupus - they contain an amino acid L-canavanine

4. Limiting nightshades (like tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes) | Psoriasis

5. LowFODMAP diet| IBD  



These are general guidelines, reach out to me if you are struggling and need help with diet and lifestyle changes. We can work together to help you feel better.


Below are some additional Resources:

  1. “Autoimmune Diseases.” Office of Women’s Health.

  2. Stamp LK, James MJ, Cleland LG. (2005, October.) Diet and rheumatoid arthritis: a review of the literature.

  3. Di Giuseppe D, Wallin A, Bottai M, Askling J, Wolk A. (2014, November.) Long-term intake of dietary long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective cohort study of women.

  4. “Nutrition Guidelines for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Arthritis Foundation.

  5. “Lupus and Women.” Office of Women’s Health.

  6. “Diet and Nutrition with Lupus.” Lupus Foundation of America.

  7. “About Psoriasis.” National Psoriasis Foundation.

  8. Bhavnit K. Bhatia, B.A., Jillian W. Millsop, M.S, Maya Debbaneh, B.A., John Koo, M.D., Eleni Linos, M.D., and Wilson Liao, M.D. (2015, August). Diet and Psoriasis: Part 2. Celiac Disease and Role of a Gluten-Free Diet.

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