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After discovering that she had an autoimmune disease, Dr. Pamela Crumrine struggled to find relief from her symptoms until she followed the Paleo Diet with an autoimmune protocol. Basically, the Paleo Diet, first developed by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., seeks to mimic the food intake of our pre-agricultural ancestors. These hunter-gatherer diets contained simple, hardy foods that helped sustain their active lifestyle.

The Paleo Diet follows seven fundamental characteristics: higher protein intake, lower carbohydrate intake, higher fiber intake, moderate to higher healthy fat intake, higher potassium and lower sodium intake, balancing dietary acid with net dietary alkaline load, and higher intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

People have adopted the Paleo Diet for many reasons, from aiding in weight loss to helping control or improve health issues such as high blood pressure. By focusing on clean, non-processed, naturally-sourced foods, people who follow a Paleo Diet report feeling more healthy and vigorous.

Research has shown that more than 60 percent of patients with an autoimmune disease have found significant relief from their symptoms (if not complete alleviation) while eating in this manner.

While diet is not the only factor, it was Hippocrates (author of the medical Hippocratic Oath) that said all disease begins in the gut. Additionally, one should watch one’s hydration, blood sugar, and stress levels, as well as physical activity.