Updated: Jul 21
Dr. Amy Myers is a functional medicine physician and the author of several books on health and wellness, including "The Autoimmune Solution", "The Thyroid Connection" and "The Stress Solution".
Dr. Myers' approach to nutrition emphasizes the importance of whole, unprocessed foods and the role that food can play in supporting optimal health. She often recommends eliminating certain foods that may be inflammatory or that may cause digestive issues for some individuals and focusing on a diet that includes a variety of vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Dr. Myers viewpoint is very similar to the AIP diet - a diet referred to as Auto Immune Protocol or Anti-inflammatory. I wonder who was the original person/doctor who first came up with the AIP DIET?
In her book “The Autoimmune Solution", she features several recipes to follow.
If you're interested in following the dietary approach developed by Dr. Myers, here are some general guidelines:
Eat a whole food, nutrient-dense diet. Focus on eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and high-quality proteins. Avoid processed and refined foods as much as possible.
Avoid common allergens and inflammatory foods. This may include gluten, dairy, soy, corn and refined sugars. Dr. Myers recommends eliminating these foods for a period of time to see if your symptoms improve.
Eat fermented foods. Fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, contain beneficial bacteria that can help improve gut health.
Drink plenty of water. Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water per day to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.
Get regular exercise. Exercise can help improve your overall health and manage symptoms of autoimmune conditions. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, most days of the week.
Manage stress. Chronic stress can worsen autoimmune symptoms, so it's important to find ways to manage stress, such as through relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
It's important to note that the dietary approach recommended by Dr. Myers is not appropriate for everyone, and it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet or lifestyle.