If you’re living with an autoimmune disease or chronic pain condition such as fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis, you must understand one crucial thing: In order to get your symptoms under control, you must eliminate highly-processed foods from your diet.
What is Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system treats your healthy cells as foreign invaders. Over time, your immune system switches from protecting you to harming you.
Foods People with Autoimmune Disease Shouldn’t Eat
Soda is one of the worst things you can consume if you have an autoimmune disease. It may taste good but it has no nutritional value. Not only that, but it’s filled with two chemicals dangerous to all people, but especially bad for you. These chemicals are aspartame and high fructose corn syrup.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in nearly every brand of diet soda on the market. This sweet poison has been known to cause 92 different disturbing physical and mental symptoms, which could include the autoimmune disease you have!
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High fructose corn syrup is another artificial sweetener food manufacturers try to convince you is safe. It’s anything but. The human body does not process HFCS the same way it does cane sugar. Your digestive system can convert cane sugar into useable fructose, but high fructose corn syrup gets turned into fat.
This artificial sweetener encourages sugar cravings, unwanted weight gain, increased inflammation, and may increase levels of candida yeast, which can further complicate your condition.
If you’ve been eating candy since childhood, you probably don’t want to see it on a no-no list. Eating too much cane sugar isn’t good for you anyway, but high fructose corn syrup and aspartame is much worse. All is not lost, however. Indulging in organic dark chocolate, can actually improve your symptoms by providing magnesium, an essential mineral that helps stabilize mood and improves sleep. (Just don’t go overboard!)
Most commercial breakfast cereals are nothing more than candy swimming in milk. Preservatives such as MSG, BHT, BHA, soy lecithin, high fructose corn syrup, and food dyes are completely unnatural and your immune system will treat them as such. Eating it could worsen your symptoms considerably.
Fast food is not real food. It’s a conglomeration of food preservatives in the shape of food. Most fast food has no nutritional value whatsoever.
Even more disturbing is the fact that fast food hamburgers don’t spoil, no matter how many years you leave them sitting in open air!
Not convinced? Watch the video below.
The next time you’re in the frozen section of your grocery store, grab any random box of frozen food and read the ingredients. The picture may look delicious and wholesome on the front, but the back of the box reveals the hidden truth behind that Photoshopped food.
Let’s take a look at what’s in them:
- Trans Fats – Once hailed as a healthy alternative to butter, new research has indicated that trans fats are twice as dangerous for your heart than butter! It can raise your blood cholesterol and increase your chances of having a heart attack by 53%, and increase your risk of diabetes. If you see the term, “partially hydrogenated” anywhere on the list of ingredients, you’ve found trans fats. Put the frozen meal back.
- Refined Grains – Refined grains are not the same as whole grains, though the words are often used interchangeably. Refined grains have had all their nutrients and fiber removed during processing. Eating them can contribute to constipation, yeast infections, and the symptoms of mental illness.
- Table Salt – Your body needs salt for its essential mineral content. Unfortunately, regular table salt is completely stripped of its minerals during processing. ‘Low-sodium’ foods aren’t any better for you. These products often contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), an excitotoxin that has been linked to neurological problems, inflammation, and cancer.
- Corn – Corn may or may not bother your digestive system in a noticeable way, but it’s loaded with omega-6 fatty acids, which have been known to promote inflammation in those with arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Not to mention, most of the corn produced in the United States is genetically modified.
- Gluten – Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Many people with autoimmune disease are gluten sensitive. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in and of itself. If you’re living with chronic gastrointestinal problems, yeast infections, brain fog, mental illness, inflammation, sinusitis or joint pain, eliminating gluten from your diet may help reduce significantly reduce these symptoms.
Cutting processed foods from your diet and switching to more wholesome fare may cause your symptoms to worsen for a short time. This is just your body ridding itself of toxins. It’s called a “healing crisis” and should recede within a week or two. If your symptoms continue to worsen past this point, see your doctor.
When you slowly trade in your junk food for whole food, you’ll be amazed at the difference in the way you feel.