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Dietary Strategies for IBD: Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

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Criteria for starring system: 

  • Incorporates appropriate microbiome strategies
  • Incorporates appropriate gut healing strategies 
  • Inflammation reduction is a priority
  • Long-term symptom reduction
  • Easily implemented
  • Reduces disordered eating patterns

Caveat for starring system: This system is our opinion based on the available research at this time. We reserve the right to modify our recommendations as new literature is published and we learn more about the complexities of IBD. Review our recommendations with an appropriate amount of discretion and understand that oftentimes there is not a one size fits all approach for every situation.

AIP: Autoimmune Protocol

Overview: Aims to heal the gut by eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in autoimmune diseases, such as gluten and dairy. The diet is a more restrictive version of the Paleo diet. 

  • The AIP diet focuses on an initial elimination phase of food groups including grains, legumes, nightshades, dairy, eggs, coffee, alcohol, nuts and seeds, refined/processed sugars, oils, and food additives. This is to eliminate foods, additives, or medications that can trigger inflammation, dysbiosis, and/or symptomatic food intolerances. 
  • Emphasizes consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, bone broth, and fermented foods while addressing known inflammatory lifestyle factors, such as sleep and stress.
  • Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC5647120/ 

Meets criteria for: 

  • Short-term symptom reduction
  • Inflammation reduction is a priority
  • Incorporates some gut healing strategies 
  • Long-term symptom reduction

Does not meet criteria for: 

  • Incorporates appropriate microbiome strategies
  • Incorporates appropriate gut healing strategies
  • Easily implemented
  • Reduces disordered eating patterns