The Problem With Supplements When Treating Autoimmunity

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We’ve all heard the claims of miracle supplements healing everything from cancer to autoimmune disease. An online search of any one of the autoimmune diseases will pop up at least one of these miracle supplements. In our search for a cure, we grab ahold of the hope that these supplements promise. The problem is, many of these supplements may cause more harm than good to those of us with autoimmunity.

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The Problem With Supplements When Treating Autoimmunity

When people come to me for help, one of the first questions I ask is what supplements they’re taking. Usually, they come back to me with a long list of herbal, vitamin, and nutritional supplements they’re taking. Every single time, I find at least one supplement that may actually be making their symptoms worse. Unfortunately, it’s usually more than one.

While on the elimination phase of the AIP, I did an extensive search for supplements that fit into the ingredient guidelines of approved foods. Time after time, I would fail, always finding at least one ingredient that didn’t comply. I also discovered information about some well-known herbal supplements that could potentially be overstimulating my already over-stimulated immune system, making my symptoms worse. One of these herbs is turmeric. Most of us know that turmeric boosts the immune system. Why would we want to boost an immune system that is already out of control?

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Turmeric boosts your immune system. Yours is already out of control.

For me, the answer was to completely remove all supplements for the first couple of months on the AIP. That was the best thing I could have done! By doing this, I could begin to see which foods and supplements were causing problems for me. I knew I was eating all of the nutrients I needed with the AIP. When you’re eating nutrient dense foods on a daily basis, most of us don’t need to supplement with a multi-vitamin. After a couple of months, I slowly started to reintroduce supplements. I began taking my vitamin D, pro- and prebiotics, some herbal teas (chamomile, peppermint), and White Willow Bark (for menstrual cramps). All of them have been successful, except for the vitamin D. By removing these supplements, I was able to quickly identify the problem my body has metabolizing vitamin D, in supplement form. Now, when my levels are low, I have an infusion, overseen by a professional.

Most people are surprised, when they ask me for supplement recommendations, when I say, “none”. In fact, I usually make the suggestion to get off all the supplements they’re taking. This is very odd, coming from a certified herbalist and homeopath. But, the truth is, my autoimmunity has caused me to reevaluate many things. One of those things is supplements, herbal and otherwise. It has made me see the value in certain supplements, and the complete waste of money of others. Now that I’m in remission, I can use specific supplements for particular conditions, and not as miracle supplements.

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Truth is, the AIP healed my autoimmune symptoms, not miracle supplements. No one should be taking any supplement without a full knowledge of what each ingredient in that supplement can do to a person with autoimmunity. The fact that you have an autoimmune disease changes your supplement needs immensely. Sales people for supplement companies and most everyday herbalists don’t have the expertise or knowledge to deal with autoimmunity or any life-threatening disease. If you really feel as though you need supplements, please find a professional practitioner to work with. I see so many people supplementing with vitamin D, who simply do not need it. After becoming the buzz supplement a couple of years ago, everyone decided they needed it. Most people don’t need the dosages they’re taking. By working with a professional, who can check your levels, you can receive the dosage you need, if you need it.

Currently, I still don’t take many supplements. I’ve added a few very pure supplements that help with my active lifestyle. Other than that, I continue to take my pre- and probiotics, magnesium (for sleep & bowel regulation), and herbal teas (for sleep, relaxation). When needed, I take pure herbs that I grind and capsulize myself, for whatever ailment I am treating (usually a cold or menstrual cramps). When I can, I simply use food to heal what ails me.

Looking for a miracle in supplements will most likely leave you disappointed. Make the changes in your diet and lifestyle that are most likely to provide the healing you’re looking for. I’m so glad I did!

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As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

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Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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One Pot Cranberry Apple Chicken with Cabbage- Instant Pot & Slow Cooker Versions

I love simplicity!  When times are busy, like they have been this week, I want to put together dinner quickly.  That’s probably why I love my Instant Pot so much.  I can cook meals quickly and easily. Boom, dinner’s done! This Cranberry Apple Chicken with Cabbage was cooked in 3o minutes. You just can’t beat that!

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For those of you who prefer a slower way of cooking, I didn’t forget about you.  I made a slow cooker version of my Cranberry Apple Chicken with Cabbage just for you.  That way, you can cook it low and slow, just the way you like it.

One Pot Cranberry Apple Chicken with Cabbage- Instant Pot & Slow Cooker

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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This flavorful one pot meal can be cooked quickly in your Instant Pot or slowly in your slow cooker. Have it just the way you like it!

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (bone broth, if you have it)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more, to taste

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot
  2. Place all ingredients, in order above, into Instant Pot.
  3. Close lid.
  4. Press Poultry button.
  5. Set time for 20 minutes.
  6. Instant Pot will start cooking process.
  7. When done cooking, press off button.
  8. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  9. Open lid.
  10. Serve.
  11. In Slow Cooker
  12. Place all ingredients, in order above, into slow cooker.
  13. Set on low and cook for 4 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F.
  14. Serve.

Notes

Cook Time for Slow Cooker is 4 hours.

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I hope y’all got a chance to watch the Conventional Medicine & The Autoimmune Protocol discussion on Monday night.  I had so much fun with my fellow AIP bloggers, Samantha of Sweet Potatoes and Social Change, Angie Alt of Autoimmune Paleo, and Jaime of Gutsy By Nature.  Hopefully, we answered your questions on finding balance between traditional healthcare and the AIP.  If you missed it, you can view the video here.

I want to end with an awesome announcement, Bre’anna from He Won’t Know It’s Paleo, just released her new cookbook today!  I will be doing a full review and sneak peak recipe on Friday. I can tell you, this cookbook is going to be a much used addition to every AIP cook’s library.  I’ll be sharing dishes I cook from this lovely cookbook throughout this week, over my social media sites. Be sure to check it out.

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Well, that’s it for today. I hope you all enjoy my Cranberry Apple Chicken with Cabbage recipe.  And, if you get a chance, watch the video of the AIP Summit.  You can see how much I use my hands when I talk!  Oh, you can also see the show my dog, Giddy, puts on while I’m trying to talk. I guess she wanted her 15 minutes of fame!

As always, I wish you all good health and good food!

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Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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AIP Crispy Cajun Duck with Blackberry-Fig Sauce Recipe

If you’ve never had duck before, you’re in for a real treat!  I grew up eating duck, in lots of different ways.  Often, my Ma would trade seafood my PaPa had caught, for ducks, hunted by their neighbor.  This recipe, AIP Crispy Cajun Duck with Blackberry-Fig Sauce was adapted to AIP from one of my favorite old southern recipes.  Typically, the duck was cooked in a sauce of blackberries, figs, or other fruit.  Since I like my duck crispy, I chose to cook my duck separate from the sauce.  I also combined blackberries with figs in the sauce.  Luckily, it worked out well!

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Stuff your AIP Crispy Cajun Duck with veggies and herbs.

AIP Crispy Cajun Duck with Blackberry-Fig Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • Duck
  • 4 to 5 pound duck, rinsed, dried- inside and out; giblets removed from cavity
  • salt, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 carrots, peeled and halved
  • 2 stalks celery, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, whole
  • 4 sage leaves, whole
  • herbs of your choice ( I use stalks of rosemary, parsley, bay leaves and thyme.)
  • Sauce
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 4 to 5 small figs, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • dash salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475° F.
  2. Trim extra skin and fat from around duck’s neck and cavity area. Save to render.
  3. Place duck, on elevated rack, in a 2” deep roasting pan
  4. Season duck, inside and out, with salt and garlic powder.
  5. Stuff cavity of duck with onion, carrot, celery, garlic cloves, sage, and herbs.
  6. Cover roasting pan and duck with foil, lined with parchment paper. Be sure pan is wrapped tightly with foil. This will ensure fat is cooked away from the skin, to create a crispier duck.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Remove foil and parchment paper and continue to bake for 30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165° F, and skin is crisp and brown.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Place duck on cutting board to cool before carving. Don’t forget to filter and jar duck fat from bottom of roasting pan. Duck fat is a flavorful cooking fat for veggies.
  11. Sauce
  12. Bring water and blackberries to a boil in a small saucepan.
  13. Lower heat and cook for 5 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Over a small bowl, empty blackberries into a mesh strainer.
  16. Continually press into blackberry mixture to squeeze out juices and remove seeds.
  17. When all juice has been extracted, discard seeds and pulp.
  18. Pour juice back into saucepan.
  19. Add figs and garlic to saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling.
  20. Lower heat and cook until figs are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  21. Remove from heat.
  22. Place mixture in blender or use immersion blender.
  23. Add maple syrup and salt.
  24. Puree until slightly chunky.
  25. Serve warm.
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Enjoy my AIP Crispy Cajun Duck with Blackberry-Fig Sauce!

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AIP Crispy Cajun Duck with Blackberry-Fig Sauce served with kale salad.

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links, I may receive compensation.  Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts here at Paleo Cajun Lady.*

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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