by Thomas Martin
Most auto-immune diseases have the same common link: Poor Gut Health. These steps are not new to this blog, but I want to emphasize their importance.
- I will eat whole milk, organic yogurt every day. If possible, I will make my own using new culture for each batch. I make a half gallon of full fat milk yogurt each week. I make my yogurt, using a Yogourmet maker as well as their brand of starter. I use only whole milk, preferably non-homogenized and even further, I use raw, whole milk. I will avoid most store bought yogurts as they contain a wide variety of non-essential chemicals and sugars.
- I will add fermented vegetables to my daily diet. Sauerkraut is the most common, but I make sure the brand I buy is fermented rather than pickled. Bubbies is a good brand. Non-pasteurized Korean Kim Chi is also a good choice. Again it is best to make my own. I mix cabbage, onions, carrots, parsley, garlic, ginger and cucumbers, let it ferment for a week, refrigerate and then add it to many of the foods I eat.
- I will take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D every day.
- I will take Cod Liver Oil, daily,
- I will eliminate all wheat, soy and corn from my diet.
- I will take curcumin or turmeric to help with inflammation
- I will drink Kombucha daily. Kombucha is a fermented tea that provides my body with a good hit of probiotics. It is available in many specialty stores, one brand being “Synergy.” Although they look fruity and sweet, they are actually a bit sour to the taste. I can also make your own Kombucha – many sites on the web can tell me how.
To help with the pain, I will take curcumin/turmeric and fresh ginger daily.
I will take Betaine HCL tablets with each meal. Low stomach acid is often associated with people suffering from skin disorders as well as asthma and autoimmune disorders. If I also have problems with heartburn or acid reflux, this step will make a huge difference.
- Eliminate all sugars from my diet – this includes all artificial sweeteners. If I must use something sweet, I will use raw, organic honey (locally harvested, if possible) or real maple syrup.
- I will take a zinc supplement daily (50 to 150mgs).
- I will eat a diet of unprocessed foods, one rich in organic vegetables and nutrient-dense meat and dairy.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way recommending treatments or cures on this blog. This blog is merely a compilation of what I have learned about a diet based, natural approach to health. I follow the steps I outline in my book Just Do This One Thing: A Guide To Chronic Good Health and know I will avoid almost every disease listed in this blog. On the other hand, I needed a place to write steps for specific ailments as I came across them. If you are looking for alternative therapies, I hope you can benefit from my research, especially if your doctor has told you "nothing more can be done for you."