Summary: As the name implies, the Autoimmune Protocol, or AIP, is a therapeutic dietary strategy designed to address autoimmune diseases of all types – including IBD. The AIP addresses both gut and immune health by eliminating all foods that could be immune-activating or disruptive to the gut, and focusing on foods with high nutrient density. The dietary guidelines (including avoidance of grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds, and nightshades) were already supported by extensive research, but now the AIP as a holistic strategy for IBD is also supported by one uncontrolled clinical trial. Most of my concerns with the diet (specifically surrounding carbohydrate and associated prebiotic content) are being actively addressed by prominent members of the community. As with any strict elimination diet, care should be taken to avoid triggering or exacerbating an unhealthy relationship with food, but overall the AIP is a nutritionally sound diet that has demonstrated success in treating IBD, both anecdotally and clinically.
This article is part of the IBD Index. Last updated on March 22, 2022.
As per my determination to avoid reinventing the wheel, this article primarily consists of links to other resources. The AIP has an extremely robust and scientifically-grounded online community, so while I do hope to one day spend some time comparing/contrasting the various IBD diets (including the AIP), I don’t have much to contribute to the AIP-specific body of knowledge that has not already been contributed by others![Read more…] about Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease