Autoimmune disease is one of the fastest-growing chronic diseases in this country, and it has many different manifestations: multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, . . . and the list of debilitating diseases goes on and on. The good news is that many of these conditions can improve significantly by changing the diet and lifestyle.
There are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases. According to officials with the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, about 20 percent of the population—or 50 million Americans—have an autoimmune condition. This is a condition where your body’s defense system—the immune system—loses its ability to recognize its own cells and starts attacking healthy cells as it would a bacterial or viral invader.
Mercy Ballard, a nurse, and Dr. Joyce Choe, an ophthalmologist, are medical practitioners who struggled with their own symptoms for years before they discovered that they had developed multiple food sensitivities. They determined to discover safe, plant-based methods to recover their health. Their journey caused them to see the enormity of the autoimmune epidemic and fueled their desire to help others who suffer through similar experiences, to find answers.
The plant-based recipes in this book are free of soy, corn, oats, wheat, grains, and nuts because these are foods more commonly associated with food sensitivities. A seven-day meal plan is included to help readers understand how to put these recipes into balanced meals. Principles for eating to decrease inflammation and recommendations for food sensitivity testing are provided as well. This book teaches how gut and microbiome health affects overall health. It also teaches the basics of eating to heal by using the most anti-inflammatory of plant-based methods.
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