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The Unbelievable Benefits of Fermented Foods like Kimchi for CIDP

Fermented foods like kimchi can have billions of beneficial bacteria that may help fight CIDP related inflammation.

By Shiraz Abbas

A 2009 groundbreaking study showed that for the most part, our autoimmune diseases are due to three things:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Bad gut bacteria or leaky gut.

According to what is suggested in this study, these three need to come together for an autoimmune disease like CIDP to spring up. How can bad bacteria bring about autoimmune diseases like CIDP? The bad gut bacteria in your digestive tract produce a substance called LPS (lipopolysaccharide). We previously wrote that LPS is

a substance that is found on the outer membranes of certain kinds of bad bacteria. LPS protects bad bacteria in the gut from being digested. Although beneficial to the bad bacteria themselves, LPS is known as an endotoxin, meaning that it is a toxic substance that is produced by the bacteria itself. When LPS makes itself into the bloodstream of animals, it brings about severe inflammation in the body.

On the other hand, good bacteria produce substances that reduce inflammation by blocking inflammation producing proteins called TNF-a. Blocking these proteins may help stop and even reverse the inflammation that is typically associated with autoimmune diseases like CIDP.

Where can you get these good bacteria?

A really good source are fermented foods like kimchi. Kimchi contains beneficial bacteria that may increase the number of T-regulatory cells, something which is involved in the reduction of inflammation in the body.


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Why is this important? Dr. Deborah Anderson writes that

Research shows that fermented food containing lactobacillus helps increase the number of T-regulatory cells (thus, reducing the chance of autoimmunity in your body). They may also decrease the risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions if you already have one.

Fermented foods like kimchi also include other beneficial ingredients that can help with autoimmune diseases like CIDP. Dr. Axe writes that:

Aside from containing probiotics, kimchi is full of ingredients that are known to stimulate healthy immune function. Similar to the benefits of cayenne pepper, red pepper powder has anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant effects. It’s even capable of helping food avoid spoiling since it contains natural antibacterial properties.

Let’s not forget also that kimchi contains mainly cabbage which is a highly anti-inflammatory vegetable that is a good source of anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin C. These vitamins are important for the regulation of autoimmune inflammatory diseases like CIDP.

Kimchi may have a foul smell for some, but it is still great tasting. You can always try other fermented foods like sauerkraut that can have trillions of beneficial bacteria.

Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.

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