Experiencing gut issues? Try the AIP Paleo Diet

What is the AIP Paleo diet? 

The AIP Paleo diet was adapted from the paleo diet to decrease inflammation in the body, particularly for those suffering from autoimmune conditions. AIP has been gaining a lot more spotlight recently, and is technically considered an elimination diet, however with claims to help heal an individual's gut, specifically those with leaky gut and gut dysbiosis.

Why is "paleo" added to the end? You may hear it referred to as just AIP or AIP Paleo Diet because it follows similar principles to a paleo diet but is a little more strict. 

Most people are aware of autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashimoto's but according to American Autoimmune, there are actually over 100 autoimmune conditions.

The AIP Paleo Diet may be for you if you suffer from

  • gut conditions and gut inflammation such as gut dysbiosis and Crohn's
  • Hashimoto's/thyroid conditions 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Adrenal or chronic fatigue
  • Hormone imbalances such as Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Psoriasis
  • and if you suffer from other autoimmune conditions!

The foods that you must eliminate are:

  • legumes
  • grains
  • soy
  • dairy
  • sugar
  • seed oils
  • eggs
  • gum
  • nightshades
  • coffee
  • chocolate
  • some spices (cumin and coriander)
  • nuts and seeds

As you can see there are lot of foods you cannot eat on this list and some which are typically in a paleo diet such as eggs and nuts.

The foods that you can eat are:

  • coconut products
  • dairy-free fermented foods
  • sugar-free vinegar
  • small amounts of honey or maple
  • gelatin (from grass-fed beef)
  • arrowroot starch
  • vegetables with the exception of nightshades
  • meats
  • seafood
  • olive oil
  • herbs 

Closing thoughts on AIP Paleo:

This is diet is controversial because of how strict it is which can also make it challenging to follow. It is important that you speak to your MD and holistic practitioners before determining whether or not it's right for you. It could, however, be good to regulate hormones, regulate your immune system, and support gut health!

Need help getting started? Try out this one-week menu plan here!

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