Here’s WHAT TO EAT if You Have
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disorders, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis are painful, disruptive, and often devastating. At their core, they have one thing in common: an out- of- control immune response linked with systemic inflammation.
Luckily, the right diet can help. In general, avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, grains, dairy, and red meat, and instead focus on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and fish. And try these six foods to make living with autoimmune disorders easier ( and tastier):
Sauerkraut. Traditionally fermented sauerkraut is loaded with probiotics, which help balance the gut microbiome and improve the intestine’s barrier function, critical in protecting against autoimmune disorders. Studies show that people with rheumatoid arthritis who took probiotics showed a significant reduction in stiffness, swelling, pain, and inflammation. Other good dairy- free probiotic sources include kombucha, kimchi, fermented vegetables, pickled ginger, and kefir.
Try this: Purée sauerkraut with mustard, horseradish, and brown sugar for a zesty sandwich spread; grill chicken or turkey sausage, slice on the diagonal, and serve on a bed of sauerkraut; mix sauerkraut with grated carrots, daikon radish, and shredded spinach for an easy side.
Halibut. One 3- oz. serving has more than a full day’s recommended value of vitamin D, which is linked with reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and similar autoimmune diseases. Other good sources of vitamin D include salmon, mackerel, sardines, whitefish, and tuna. And while mushrooms are very high in vitamin D, it’s in a form that’s not readily available to the human body.
Try this: Marinate halibut steaks in olive oil and garlic, then grill until done and garnish with lemons, capers, and parsley; layer halibut filets with rosemary and shallots, wrap in parchment or foil, and bake until done; poach halibut in white wine, cut into strips, and serve on a salad of arugula, thinly sliced fennel, orange segments, and black olives.