The AIP diet (also known as the autoimmune protocol and autoimmune paleo diet) is mainly centred around the idea of reducing inflammation in the body. Many consider it a similar yet more restrictive version of the paleo diet (learn more about the paleo diet here).
The diet emerged from the idea/evidence that autoimmune diseases are caused by having a leaky gut (also known as intestinal permeability), which allows for food to leak into the body causing the immune system to overreact and begin attacking the body by mistake. By following the AIP diet and introducing more nutrient dense foods and eliminating inflammatory foods, this will allow the gut to heal and reset the immune system.
The key to the AIP diet is to eliminate any inflammatory foods and introduce nutrient dense food. The AIP diet is a multi-phase protocol, beginning with a strict elimination phase of about 30 days before slowly reintroducing new foods.
The aim is to heal the leaky gut during the elimination period in order to reset the immune system before beginning to slowly reintroduce new foods while monitoring the body's reaction.
Look at our database of ingredients to see what you can and can't eat on the AIP diet
Some scientific evidence along with anecdotal evidence from those who have been on the diet suggest AIP can help with the following:
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However, there are potential risks, such as consuming too much red meat which some studies show can help in the development of cardiovascular disease. Overall, most anecdotal evidence and reviews show great health benefits for those who follow the diet correctly.
In general, this diet can be good for anyone.
Those who have an autoimmune disease have seen particularly notable benefits from this diet. However, it is always important to do your research before beginning a diet to make sure that it is the right fit for you.