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What is the Autoimmune Protocol? 

Kelly is a Certified AIP Coach

What Is The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)?


The Autoimmune Protocol is an elimination diet that has been specifically designed to help those suffering from autoimmunity determine their food allergies and sensitivities, reverse nutrient deficiencies, balance gut flora, and heal their bodies over the long-term. The protocol, otherwise known as “The Paleo Approach” has been developed and refined by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. We believe this is the best and most specific elimination protocol for those with autoimmune disease, and following it gives you the best chance to come up with your personalized healing diet.

Why is the Autoimmune Protocol an ideal starting point?

You may wonder why the Autoimmune Protocol is an ideal starting point for increased wellness, when there are so many other approaches out there. It really comes down to three things:

  1. Autoimmune disease is all about an immune system that has gone awry: AIP removes foods that may trigger an immune response, are harmful to the gut, and lead to hormone dysregulation. The Autoimmune Protocol provides us with a clean slate.

  2. Micronutrient deficiencies are common in autoimmune disease: AIP restores nutrients and flora that promote a healthy gut and well-regulated immune function. . The Autoimmune Protocol restores us.

  3. There is no one-size-fits-all diet: AIP provides a framework for building a life-long diet exactly suited to you. The Autoimmune Protocol empowers us.

How does the Autoimmune Protocol work?

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a three-pronged healing diet based on the Paleo template:

  • Stage 1 : Elimination

  • Stage 2 : Reintroduction

  • Stage 3 : Maintenance

Paleo already removes foods unavailable to our cave-dwelling ancestors, however the AIP goes a step further. It eliminates foods that stimulate the immune system, down-regulate hormone production, irritate the gut and cause inflammation, especially for people living with autoimmune disease.


The AIP helps your immune system to calm down, so your body can lower inflammation and reduce symptoms. 

In a nutshell, the Autoimmune Protocol calls for removing foods that are most likely to be problematic for people with autoimmune disease—grains, beans, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, as well as food chemicals and additives. In addition, nutrient-dense foods are added to restore nutrient status, such as bone broth, high-quality meat and wild-caught fish, as well as organ meats, fermented foods and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.


Over the course of the elimination phase (which can last from a month to a year), you take note of the changes you experience in your health. When it comes time to slowly and systematically reintroduce foods, you will be able to tell exactly which foods are holding you back, and able to use this information to construct a diet that will best support your healing needs.


​The AIP also incorporates gentle movement, optimized sleep, stress management and seeking joy such as social connection and self care.

The AIP is designed to be a temporary diet. The minimum time you should spend on the Elimination phase is 30 days before moving to the Reintroduction phase, however it can take longer. 


It only takes 21 days to break a habit. So once you get into the routine, the AIP becomes second nature. Then, when you start to see the benefits, there will be no turning back!


The Autoimmune Protocol is about....
  • Nutrient Dense Foods

  • Gut healing

  • Stress relief

  • Sleep

  • Hormone regulation

  • Rest

  • Hydration

  • Self care

  • Reducing toxins

  • Movement

  • Trouble-shooting


........and more

Website Disclaimer

The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Kelly McConnell at gingercures. Please note that Kelly McConnell at gingercures is not a dietitian, physician, pharmacist or other licensed healthcare professional. The information on this website is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health care professional. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or licensed healthcare provider for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, for medications or medical advice as well as before changing your health care regimen.

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