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Jul02

Our First AIP-Approved Snack!

Quiz time! 

What do celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, lupus and multiple sclerosis all have in common?

They’re all autoimmune diseases.

There are over 100 autoimmune diseases affecting the population today, and sadly, the number of people affected each year continues to grow.

Each year, the cost of healthcare for autoimmune patients nearly doubles that of those affected by cancer.

But we don’t really discuss autoimmune conditions, do we?

This lack of information has led to a whole lot of MISinformation. 

The general public really has no idea what autoimmune disease is and how devastating it can be. 

Autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system starts to attack its own healthy cells, resulting in things like:

  • Severe joint pain 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Numbness/weakness in extremities
  • Intestinal damage
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Circulatory issues 
  • And hundreds more…

On top of a growing list of symptoms, those who suffer from them must be extremely careful about what they eat – so careful that one slip-up of eating the wrong food sends them into a world of pain. 

Enter the autoimmune protocol (also known as the AIP diet). 

The AIP diet is a very specific diet that eliminates all foods known to irritate the gut and cause inflammation. This includes grains, dairy, legumes, processed foods, and nightshades.

We all know what grains, legumes, dairy and processed foods are – but what are nightshades?

Nightshades encompass over 2000 different plant species and include things like tomatoes, paprika, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers to name a few.

They contain a variety of substances – including lectins, alkaloids, and saponins – that drastically increase inflammation in the body. 

Although nightshades are considered healthy for many people, they can set autoimmune patients back weeks or even months in their recovery. 

Accidental consumption of these foods can lead to terrible flare-ups, resulting in symptoms like:

  • Severe bloating
  • Stomach pain 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Painful rashes 
  • Headaches
  • And more

And when I say “accidental,” that’s exactly what it is. Nightshades are hidden in SO many foods.

Imagine traveling or going out to lunch with friends. Imagine reading every ingredient label and asking every restaurant server exactly what’s in each dish.

Imagine never being able to just throw a snack in your bag without worrying about the consequences.

Sounds tedious and exhausting, right?

If you don’t have an autoimmune condition, maybe this email has offered you a new perspective. 

But maybe there are some of you reading this who know the truth of these statements all too well…because you live it every day. 

We’ve heard from so many of you about the heartbreak that happens in the grocery store – how hard it is to find safe foods, the stress involved, even the anxiety that happens as you look for something, anything that won’t cause you pain. 

We want to do our part to help you, so we created our very first AIP-approved snack: 

Introducing our Pasture-Raised Turkey Sticks! 

They feature 100% organic spices (all AIP safe) and NO additives, chemicals or encapsulated citric acid and NO nightshades.  

Plus, they’re FERMENTED, so you get a healthy dose of gut-healing probiotics in every delicious bite. 

They come in 2 AIP-approved flavors:

  • Cranberry Orange
  • Original 

Now you have a snack you can not only trust but actually savor and enjoy worry-free!  

>>> Grab Your Box of Pasture-Raised Turkey Sticks Here! 

Did I mention they’re backed by a 60-day, money-back guarantee?! If you don’t like them, just send them back for a full refund! 

But I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that! Soooo here’s to stress-free snacking! wink
 

Happy Paleo-ing!
Autumn Smith & The Paleovalley Team