Learn more about the best foods for autoimmune conditions and what you should avoid if you have an autoimmune disease.
0:00 Introduction: What to do for autoimmune disorders
0:45 Understanding autoimmune conditions and the immune system
5:35 The best foods for autoimmune conditions
14:58 The best nutrients for autoimmune conditions
15:28 Learn more about the digestive system!
Today I’m going to share some really important information for people with autoimmune or inflammatory disorders.
An autoimmune disorder can occur when your immune system starts attacking healthy cells, and it can lead to a lot of damage and inflammation. Many autoimmune disorders start in the gut.
Your body has protective mechanisms to keep pathogens from invading the gut. But, pathogens may be allowed to pass through the intestinal barrier if you have intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut. This can lead to someone developing an autoimmune disease.
There is a certain protein called zonulin that regulates intestinal permeability, and it’s typically elevated in autoimmune diseases or inflammatory diseases.
To find the best foods for autoimmune diseases, we need to look for foods that strengthen the intestinal barrier and keep zonulin in check.
The number one thing that helps regulate zonulin is your own microbiome—it’s crucial to support your microbiome.
The best foods for autoimmune disorders:
1. Probiotic foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, or a probiotic supplement)
2. Fermented vegetables
3. Foods high in sulforaphane (broccoli sprouts or a sulforaphane supplement)
4. Foods high in glutamine (red cabbage, grass-fed beef, eggs, fish)
5. Foods high in omega-3 fats (cod liver oil, salmon, sardines)
The most important nutrients for autoimmune conditions:
2. Vitamin D
3. Vitamin A
Things to avoid if you have an autoimmune disorder:
• Vegetable oils
• Trans fats
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This is a very important video for Anyone with an autoimmune disorder or For that matter any inflammatory Disorders now of course the thing to do If you have an autoimmune condition is Go to The Experts right so this is what They will tell you what to do right Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables And whole grains legumes only have Moderate amounts of alcohol limit your Sugars and sodas and also limit your Refined grains but of course the diet is Going to recommend you can have some Sugars you know juice and alcohol and Sugar and fine grains just don't have Too much and you'll be totally fine well I'm going to let you know right now you Will never ever get better if you follow That recommendation so let's go ahead And dissect and talk about what's really Behind an autoimmune disorder most Autoimmune disorders where your own Cells are attacking itself creating a Lot of collateral damage with Inflammation Start in the gut but I want to talk About the mechanism of what starts it in The gut we have this immune barrier okay We also have other barriers on their Skin the internal skin we have other Immune things like acids in your stomach Bile that's produced by the gallbladder Lactic acid that's produced by some of Your microbes that all prevent pathogens
From invading the body and we also have This thing called the blood-brain Barrier which protects pathogens from Invading the brain and so the immune System and I just have to say this is so Highly complex and so mysterious Really no one understands the complexity Of this magical defense mechanism and How amazing it is and when you Appreciate it you're much less Susceptible to using things to try to Bypass your immune system like Antibiotics for example or anything to Stop an infection you want to let your Body learn from it and develop more Immunity but before we get into this I Want to just touch on something that's Really important That's about the immune system since We're on the topic of autoimmune our Immune system is developed when we're Small infants hopefully you had a Natural childbirth you weren't C-section Because that can inhibit the starting of The immune system because of the Microbiome that's developed in a natural Birthing process and hopefully you are Breastfed too because of the probiotics That are in the breast milk really Fortify that immune system early on you Know when we talk about a fetus growing In a mother's womb it's not a sterile Environment they did think it was Sterile at one time but they recently
Found microbes in the amniotic fluid and Some babies actually have their first Bowel movement right inside the womb and They found microbes in there where do They come from well they came from the Mother and so an infant's immune system Starts at Birth and if they don't have These certain factors okay if things are Too sterile if an infant is exposed to Antibiotics or anything that can inhibit That microbiome boy is that immune System affected later on in life and the Recent interest that I have in this Topic relates to farming And growing certain plants and I'm going To be doing some very interesting Research on my farm relating to this Topic but a seed that is grown in the Soil is not just a little packet of Genetic information it is literally Noah's Ark you have all sorts of Microbes it's growing inside that seed And on the surface of that seed that Helps that seed be fortified in its Growing process and so they found that If you disrupt that microbiome early on That plant won't really grow it won't Really have that microbiome to help it Absorb nutrition well the exact same Thing happens with us with our immune System early on we're talking about the Gut barrier okay there are these Protective things called tight junctions That keep the cells very very tight and
Secure so it forms a very very nice Barrier between the inside of your body And the out outside of the body or Really the inside of the gut so if There's a pathogen trying to invade the Gut these tight junctions prevent it From doing so now the medical term for This is intestinal permeability of Course it's the same thing as a leaky Gut right there's holes in your Intestine that allow things to pass Through that then don't get the stamp of Immune approval through immigration and Then certain things could be tagged Incorrectly and then your immune system Can go after them and then we have a war We have inflammation and then we can Develop autoimmune diseases now there's This um protein that regulates these Tight junctions and if this zonulin and The type Junctions are not working Correctly the immune system is not going To have the ability to differentiate Between self and non-self in other words Your immune system can make a mistake And start incorrectly assigning your own Tissue being a foreign pathogen and Start developing the antibodies you know Whether it's for the thyroid the brain Anything and so this zonulent protein is Always elevated in autoimmune diseases As well as a lot of inflammatory Conditions it is the primary regulator Of that intestinal permeability so if we
Look at what foods are best for an Autoimmune disease it would be those Foods that reduce permeability and that Keep this zonulin in check and prevent It from getting too high so what I did Is I cross referenced a lot of different Foods and other things that relate to Not only increasing or decreasing Zonulin but also affecting the Intestinal permeability As well as directly causing autoimmune Diseases okay so the number one thing That helps regulate zonulin is your own Microbiome okay so anything that Destroys your microbiome is going to be Very very bad for the situation anything That supports it is going to be very Very good and again we come full circle To these microbes right they're not us But they live with us and they greatly Help us a very large portion of our Immune system is due to these microbes And I really think if we look at the Difference between like 50 years ago and Now we definitely do not have the Numbers and the diversity of microbiome In our guts and we definitely don't have The numbers and diversity of microbiome In this soil I think that is really at The core of the problem so the first Food I'm going to recommend is A probiotic food right that would be Sauerkraut kimchi Kefir
Okay anything that will give you these Friendly microbes and you might even Want to take a probiotic as well because We're trying to increase the diversity Of microbes now if we've taken the flip Side I think we should also talk about What to avoid Well guess what Antibiotics antibiotics directly Increase leaky gut okay they increase This zonulin and they directly relate And can cause autoimmune diseases so at The first sign of a sickness don't jump To start taking that antibiotic and if You have to okay definitely take a Probiotic at the same time it's so Important I mean the amount of Antibiotics that I have taken in my life Are just off the charts simply because I Didn't know the long-term effects did You realize that when you take an Antibiotic there are going to be certain Microbes they're going to survive that Are going to develop a resistance to That antibiotic that microbe that now is Resistant to that antibiotic can do Something called horizontal Gene Transfer where it shares this Information with other microbes that Were not exposed to that antibiotic to Give them the genes that help them Resist that antibiotic and in the future So these microbes can share information Back and forth and this is part of the
Survival mechanism that they have Developed and so the next time you take The antibiotic it works less and less to The point where it won't work at all Another food that is good potentially For autoimmune would be anything Fermented okay fermented I'm not talking About like fermented like beer or Alcohol I'm talking about like fermented Vegetables because fermented vegetables Are easier to digest they have microbes They have the fiber that can actually Feed the microbes they have all sorts of Other secondary chemicals that support Keeping that intestinal line really Really tight but if you have the type of Autoimmune that involves damage to your Gut there's too much inflammation then You might have a problem with vegetables In general you might have to do Carnivore for a little while but if you Don't have that you might benefit from Fermented vegetables and this this also Includes vegetables okay because Personally I do very well on them I Don't apparently have that much gut Damage that it's a problem some people Don't but if you have an autoimmune Disease that's affecting the gut you Might not do well on the vegetables but If you don't vegetables can contribute To a good gut microbiome because they Feed the microbes from the fiber but Also the phytonutrients in these
Vegetables greatly support zonulin and One of the biggest ones that is very Well researched is sulforaphane and not Only broccoli Sprouts but in broccoli Cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables So sulforaphane directly helps reverse Gut dysbiosis okay alteration in the Microbiome sulforaphane is a great Remedy for h pylori another microbe in Your body that is in the stomach that Can get out of control and turn Unfriendly in certain environments and Then it can create ulcers but guess what Sulforaphane can help kill H pylori and Put it back into remission sulfur pain Helps the mucous lining in your gut and Sulforaphane directly inhibits Autoimmune conditions okay especially Like lupus and even psoriasis and other Autoimmune conditions so you could Probably get the most sulforaphane in Broccoli Sprouts you can just put that On your salad each day or you can get Sulforaphane in a supplement all right Let's go to the flip side what to avoid Okay Anything with the herbicide glyphosate And this is in the Roundup Ready and in GMO foods and if you look this up it's Interesting because you'll see these Mixed reviews of course the ones that They say the glyphosate is fine are Funded by companies that have a vested Interest but if you think about it
Glyphosate has a patent on it being an Antibiotic yeah because it kills Microbes certain things you'll see on The internet will say that there is no Dangerous to glyphosate in humans Because the pathway that biochemically It interrupts is not part of the human Body Well it is part of the microbes that Live inside of our gut that we depend on So it definitely affects us from the Microbiome level but glyphosate is in so Many different things even in non-GMO Things including wheat and other grains Not to mention soy corn it's just all Over the place and so now I think it's Appropriate to bring up another really Bad thing for autoimmune diseases and That would be gluten in certain grains Okay Gluten uh is a kind of a general term For several um types of proteins that Have a very devastating effect on our GI System now you might think just about Celiac which is a very severe disorder Which is um you know not as common as Other disorders but then you also have Gluten intolerance gluten sensitivity Which is pretty common but what about For those people that don't have a Problem with gluten right well check This out gluten whether you have an Intolerance or not gluten is going to Increase zonulin in everyone so it's
Going to open up those tight junctions In people that are not sensitive to it And the big problem with gluten is that It's the only protein that our bodies Cannot fully digest okay so if we get This undigested protein floating down Our GI tract and then it opens up the Hole in the gut and it goes right Through now we're going to start to have Immune reactions or at least Inflammation Nation especially if you're Consuming it on a chronic basis which Most people are and unfortunately Um lately in the last 20 years or more Gluten has really increased in wheat and In other foods and so you can imagine The amount of inflammation going on in Our guts without us even knowing it all Right let's talk about number four okay The food that you should be consuming Food and this is kind of just a general Category but foods high in glutamine Okay glutamine maybe you've heard of This maybe you haven't but glutamine is A good thing to reduce inflammation in Your gut now glutamine is an amino acid That is a precursor for Glutathione right which is one of the Most important antioxidants in your body And so what foods are high in glutamine Well red cabbage and by the way cabbage Is just good for any type of Gastrointestinal problem grass-fed beef Eggs
Fish these are all really high in Glooming now on the flip side additional Things you should avoid would be of Course glucose fructose both glucose and Fructose increase zonulin and increase Permeability alcohol is another one that Will just put a hole right through your Gut and of course vegetable oils another Big one like corn oil soy oil cottonseed Oil canola these vegetable oils are Highly inflammatory and they definitely Will create increased permeability and Of course trans fats are also really bad For the intestinal lining and number Five food would be the omega-3 fats and That's another category that includes You know cod liver oil fish salmon Sardines Omega-3 is really good for the gut and Keeping those Junctions really really Tight as well as reducing the risk for Autoimmune now this last part is very Very important too and this is not Foods It's just nutrients and these nutrients That I'm going to talk about are hands Down the most important nutrients to Support the zonulin to support Autoimmune to sport the gut lining to Make it really really tight okay we have Zinc vitamin D vitamin A which is in egg Yolks beef liver butter things like that So now you have the basic information on What you should be consuming if you have An autoimmune disease and since we're on
The topic of the gut another really Important video for you to watch would Be my more comprehensive video on the Digestive system and I put that up right Here check it out