How to Choose the Best Diet for Gut Health

Digestion

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In this episode of Functional Medicine Research, I interview Dr. Liz Lipski in a discussion about how to choose the best therapeutic diet for gut health.  We discussed the low FODMAP diet, comprehensive elimination diet, Simple Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), GAPS diet, Paleo diet, histamine, pancreatic elastase and low HCL levels.  Liz discussed why we would choose each one of these diets for an individual and what each diet entails.  I use all of these diets in my practice so it was nice to have an overview of each diet from one of the top experts in gut health.

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What is the Best Diet for Your Gut Microbiome?

Best Diet for Your Gut Microbiome Lucy Mailing

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It this episode of Functional Medicine Research, I interview Dr. Lucy Mailing in a discussion about the best diet for your gut microbiome.  We had a fascinating discussion focused on all of the different diets out there and how they affect the gut microbiome including the ketogenic diet, plant-based diets, high-fat, low FODMAP, and the autoimmune paleo diet.

 

We also talked about fiber, protein, hydrogen sulfide, resistant starch, butyrate, gluten, lectins, stool testing, and whether or not you should take probiotics after taking antibiotics.  I think you’ll find this conversation quite eye-opening about a number of exciting topics related to the gut micobiome.

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Autoimmune Paleo Diet and Hashimoto’s Disease

Autoimmune Paleo Diet and Hashimoto's Disease

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We finally have a study specifically looking at the efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet, also known as the Autoimmune Paleo Diet or AIP, and Hashimoto’s disease. The exact title of the paper is, “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet as Part of a Multi-disciplinary, Supported Lifestyle Intervention for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis” by Abbott et al. Published in April of 2019 in the journal Cureus.  I break down the study details below so you can better understand if this diet actually works for Hashimoto’s disease.

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Best Diet for Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto's Disease

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What is the Best Diet for Hashimoto’s disease?

Does a low-carbohydrate diet work best for Hashimoto’s disease? What about a gluten-free diet?  There are a number of diets out there claiming to be the best for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis but as with any condition, there is no single best diet for everyone.  I’ll cover two research papers that look into two specific diets for Hashimoto’s disease.

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Shannon Garrett Hashimoto’s Disease Interview

Shannon Garrett

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In this interview on The Dr. Hedberg Show, I had a great time talking to Shannon Garrett about Hashimoto’s disease.

We started by talking about Shannon’s personal journey with Hashimoto’s disease.  And then we got into how stress triggers Hashimoto’s disease as well as emotions and early adverse life events in childhood and how they connect to autoimmune disease as an adult.

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Does the Autoimmune Paleo Diet Work?

Autoimmune Disease

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The autoimmune paleo diet (AIP) also known as the autoimmune protocol diet is an extremely popular diet these days for autoimmune disease but there has never been any studies done to evaluate if it actually works.  Although testimonials should be taken into account, and there are many all over the internet,  the ultimate test for validity is a clinical trial.

As of August 29th, 2017, we now have a study that looked at this diet and how effective it was for autoimmune disease.  The paper is entitled, “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”  Dr. Konijeti is the lead author and it was published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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