The research behind everheal
When searching for information about what the "best diet" would be, we came across a number of different recommendations from a variety of sources. Many people indicated that the paleolithic diet was the best diet to adhere to, but other views were in direct contrast.
So which one is right?
We decided to analyse 15 different dietary recommendations compared to the paleolithic diet to see if we could find the common links for what constitutes a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet...
Our analysis indicated that ~70% of overall recommendations were the same (shown by all the green boxes in the table above). When it came to "foods to eat", vegetables were unanimous across all recommendations, including the Australian Government Department of Health and the
Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet! Of course there were "grey-area foods" (such as nuts/seeds, eggs, coffee, legumes and gluten-free grains) which had some variation, however it's no surprise that refined sugars and processed foods were key standouts for "foods to avoid"!
When we dug a little deeper, we discovered that many of the dietary recommendations are designed to reduce inflammation and heal "leaky gut"
What is "leaky gut"?
Leaky gut (or intestinal permeability) is where small holes appear in the lining of the gut, due predominantly to the inflammatory food we consume within our modern Western diet. When these holes appear, undigested food particles and toxins can leak into our bloodstream causing our immune system to constantly fire (trying to protect us). This causes systemic inflammation and is the leading cause of autoimmune and other chronic health conditions.
Therefore, the goal of an autoimmune-friendly diet is to reduce inflammation and leaky gut!
Here's a short animation which might make it a little clearer:
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is considered to be the "gold standard" when it comes to dietary recommendations for autoimmune sufferers. Although the results from people who have strictly undertaken this diet are amazing, it is a more restrictive version of the paleo diet, and is therefore quite difficult for people to adhere to (especially long term).
Was there a diet that could provide great results but was less restrictive?
After doing further research into the inflammatory effects of certain foods as well as our own trials and errors, we came up with our list of recommendations that we find to be both manageable and effective:
No refined sugars, no dairy, no gluten and no processed foods
These free docu-series contain interviews with hundreds of experts, researchers and functional medicine practitioners from across the globe. They contains incredible amounts of information about autoimmunity, gut health and using food as medicine. We highly recommend them!
some of the experts
These doctors and researchers are some of the leading experts in using food as medicine and taking a "functional medicine" approach (ie looking for the root cause of the disease, rather than just treating the symptoms). In many cases disease stems from gut health imbalances, chronic infections, lifestyle and other factors that are not simply "bad genetics".
They have collectively helped thousands of people suffering from illness & autoimmune disease by addressing the root cause of their inflammation & healing “leaky gut”. They have provided us with the information that we have used to build our programs on.
Many people from across the world are turning to using "food as medicine" and are seeing AMAZING results in their health and wellbeing, as well as for their clients!
We encourage you to check out their websites if you’d like to understand more.
The Paleo Mom
Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD is an award-winning public speaker, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned health expert. Sarah uses her medical research background to create educational resources that help people regain their health through diet and lifestyle choices informed by the most current evidenced-based scientific research.
Dr. Hyman is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The Ultra Wellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author. Dr. Hyman believes we have the potential to create better health for ourselves by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare.
Gut Health Australia
Dr Peter Dingle is Australia’s most engaging and innovative leader on the topics of health and wellness. Dr Dingle has spent the past 30 years as a researcher, educator, communicator and author. Formerly an associate professor at Murdoch University, Dr Dingle helps cut through medical and health myths to give you the real facts on evidence-based wellness. He explains how to unlock your genes for wellness, and how to take personal responsibility for your wellbeing.
Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine who was dependent on a tilt-recline wheelchair due to the symptoms of MS. This was until she restored her health using “the Wahls Protocol” (a diet and lifestyle program she designed) to restore her cellular health — she now pedals her bike to work each day. She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems.
Dr. Amy Myers is a Functional Medicine physician and a two-time New York bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection. During medical school she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune thyroid condition. Because her doctors were unable to help her regain her health, she had no choice but to embark on her own journey to healing. She's the Founder and Medical Director of Austin Ultra Health, a Functional Medicine clinic that treats patients all over the world.
Clinically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 28, Pam chose an alternative approach to recovery. Now decades later and still symptom free, she coaches others on how to treat the root cause of chronic disease, using a holistic approach. She can teach you how, too. Pam is the author of Become a Wellness Champion and founder of Live Disease Free. She is a wellness expert, coach and speaker. The Live Disease Free Academy has helped hundreds of Wellness Champions in over 15 countries take charge of their health and experience profound improvements in their life.
MS Research Australia have recently begun investigating the links between diet and MS.
Their currently recommended diet is the Australian Dietary Guidelines, however their interest in investigating gut health, inflammatory foods and lifestyle factors is certain to unlock further evidence of the critical link that food and gut health has on autoimmune disease
While treating autoimmune disease symptoms with diet is not a conventional medical approach, thousands of people are enjoying the benefits of better health through eating a healthy diet.
Will you be one of them?