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Diet, disease, and the microbiome
- By: Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT, Contributor
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I’d like to add that we should be careful not to consider any specific diet “good” or “bad”, “healthy” or “unhealthy” before knowing more about the individual considering the diet. A year ago a switched to a vegan diet but after several months I decided I wanted to get the bottom of my history of chronic inflammation in my joints. After completing an Elimination Diet, I came to realize that gluten intake is a major driver of the inflammation I experience. Unfortunately, switching to a vegan diet encouraged me to eat more gluten than before. I thought I was doing my body good but in fact I was poisoning myself more than ever.
I am very interested in the topic of the micro biome and how it might relate to autoimmune disease and kidney transplant.
A very insightful blog and relatable. I agree food definitely influences our body’s metabolism.
Great article! Just wanted to mention that beans and lentils (in addition to the listed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains) are extremely beneficial to support optimal gut health. The warning against baked beans as a processed food is a good one, but to clarify, that refers to a recipe for baked beans that incudes a lot of added sugar. Just hoping to remind readers that beans are healthful, not harmful. Thanks!
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