The 5 Best Ways to Treat Autoimmune Disease Naturally

Learn more about the best foods for autoimmune conditions and what you should avoid if you have an autoimmune disease.


0:00 Introduction: What to do for autoimmune disorders
0:45 Understanding autoimmune conditions and the immune system
5:35 The best foods for autoimmune conditions
14:58 The best nutrients for autoimmune conditions
15:28 Learn more about the digestive system!

Today I’m going to share some really important information for people with autoimmune or inflammatory disorders.

An autoimmune disorder can occur when your immune system starts attacking healthy cells, and it can lead to a lot of damage and inflammation. Many autoimmune disorders start in the gut.

Your body has protective mechanisms to keep pathogens from invading the gut. But, pathogens may be allowed to pass through the intestinal barrier if you have intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut. This can lead to someone developing an autoimmune disease.

There is a certain protein called zonulin that regulates intestinal permeability, and it’s typically elevated in autoimmune diseases or inflammatory diseases.

To find the best foods for autoimmune diseases, we need to look for foods that strengthen the intestinal barrier and keep zonulin in check.

The number one thing that helps regulate zonulin is your own microbiome—it's crucial to support your microbiome.

The best foods for autoimmune disorders:
1. Probiotic foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, or a probiotic supplement)
2. Fermented vegetables
3. Foods high in sulforaphane (broccoli sprouts or a sulforaphane supplement)
4. Foods high in glutamine (red cabbage, grass-fed beef, eggs, fish)
5. Foods high in omega-3 fats (cod liver oil, salmon, sardines)

The most important nutrients for autoimmune conditions:
1. Zinc
2. Vitamin D
3. Vitamin A

Things to avoid if you have an autoimmune disorder:
• Antibiotics
• Glyphosate
• Gluten
• Glucose
• Fructose
• Vegetable oils
• Trans fats



Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the best foods for autoimmune diseases. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. W on January 20, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Blows me away how so many people I know have gut problems. I tell them the solution and they shrug it off as if it’s not worth it to give up the bad eating habits. Idk it’s crazy to me. Having gut and bathroom problems are unbearable to me.

    I’d almost have to thank my autoimmune disease as it forced me to change my bad eating habits from childhood. For example I haven’t drank a soda or ate candy in 8 years. And honestly I have zero cravings for any of it. My friends call me crazy. They think I’m lying when I say I have zero desire. If I ever go back and touch any of it I feel sick immediately. Maybe I’m doing myself a disservice since I have no tolerance anymore to processed garbage. But idk I can eat basic bland home cooked food and I’m good to go. I just wish the basic stuff was more accessible.

    Unfortunately 99% of fast food is just toxic garbage so I understand why people aren’t willing to help themselves as it means a decent amount of meal prepping. Takes a why’ll to change the habit as bad food is 100% an addiction. It’s just so prevalent in society people don’t see it that way.

    • Lalilu on January 20, 2023 at 11:59 am

      Exactly. People have been weakened with all the convenience that modern lifestyles offer them, they became used to it and now have trouble to even face the slightest challenges.

    • Seattle Six on January 20, 2023 at 1:51 pm

      In the same boat now for 200 days which turned off my autoimmune disorders. My GP is astounded and now saving $3800 out of pocket a year by discontinuing meds. Having great success adapting Cajun recipes using the right fats.

  2. W on January 20, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Thank you Dr. Eric, fantastic overview 🙂 so much research going on regarding the gut microbiome – I also believe it plays a very large role in general inflammation. Diagnosed with MS last year – thank you for bringing light to these diseases. So many people I know (not even 30) have something autoimmune – massive growing problem. Our diets, environment, stress levels are all worse than they were in the past most likely…

    • lee gorman on January 20, 2023 at 11:28 am

      30+ years MS with me, always remember it’s okay saying no to things. 🤔

    • Denise Michaels on January 20, 2023 at 11:36 am


    • Penderyn on January 20, 2023 at 11:40 am

      Stress spikes were way way in the past ……it’s prolonged lower lever but needless stress that’s a new phenomenon
      Most serfs and slaves had terrible stress spikes ofc

    • W on January 20, 2023 at 11:59 am

      @lee gorman good advice lee, I think that is something many could do to look after themselves and our health. Hope you are doing well 🙂

    • W on January 20, 2023 at 12:04 pm

      @Penderyn mhmm think you’re correct – long term low grade stress continuously by the increased complexity of daily life likely has a big impact. Also, as Dr. Eric suggests, our disassociation with nature and being stuck at desk jobs the entire day is also a big factor.

  3. Jo Nuff on January 20, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Astonishing…thanks again Dr. Berg! QQ: Does this important nutritional information relate to helping with healing of inflammatory effects r/t Ehlers Danlos Spectrum and/or hypermobility as well as any autoimmune issues that came about as a result of SNS damage?

    • cthornton523 on January 20, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      I have hEDS, this way of eating brought me from bedbound to having a very full life. Good luck my friend.

  4. perijon00 on January 20, 2023 at 11:34 am

    I was c-sectioned and was not breast fed. Grew up eating candy, fast food and microwave dinners. Diagnosis with Crohn’s disease at 16. Had 2 intestinal resections right off the bat. Then another one 10 years later. Was put on a biological chemo like medicine at 16 and was on it for over 10 years. The pain pills I was given in my teens led me to my 10 year heroin addiction, homelessness and jail. In my mid 30s the effects of crohns and 3 intestinal resections are still taking a huge toll on me day after day. I’m sober now, god is in my life and I’m eating beautifully, foods from a local farm and watching videos like bergs. Wish I had this information and drive to find health before I was diagnosed but I guess that’s how we learn. Ladies please breast feed your kids and get no c sections if you can help it. Let’s change this medical paradigm we live in.

    • Ann on January 20, 2023 at 5:54 pm

      God bless you. Thank you for sharing.your an overcomer

    • LitaZMojo on January 20, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      Amazing story..🫶thank you for sharing it is a really hope when you listen Dr. Berg and other people like you with your testimony. Everything is possible with God and have the will to change. God Bless you.

    • The Goods on January 20, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      @perijon00 I wish I had access to a place like that, I’d get a part time job if I had to, just to be able to afford to eat good stuff.

    • Hibiscus7 on January 20, 2023 at 7:07 pm

      God is good I’m happy you health is better every single person on earth has something wrong nobody’s perfect but Jesus the most high Jesus Christ

    • Ro Cashman on January 20, 2023 at 7:16 pm

      This is a good testimony,,so happy you came to know God. Don’t give up.

  5. Sabrina and husband on January 20, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Thank you Dr Berg 🌸 I’ve recently thought I suffered from a food reaction, but I was told by a GP that it’s likely to be a flare of eczema in my hand; due to the cold snap or even stress, I’ve noticed how better it got when I consume foods like tuna or salmon, also I recently used your vitamin D3 & K2 supplement, and I’ve noticed how quick my hand started to improve, plus the tamanu oil you recommended in one of your earlier videos. Can’t thank you enough for what you’ve taught us so far & all the valuable health knowledge we learn from you on daily basis 🙏😊

    • Abhishek Pandey on January 20, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      @Sabrina and husband she had something like this last winter season as well for two three weeks but then it got better and completely fine during the summers and this winter again it started happening, if it was RA then I can’t link it to this season thing like why it happens at this particular time only but yeah it’s better to get checked.

    • Abhishek Pandey on January 20, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      @Sabrina and husband i suspect it has to do something with the diet because in winters some of the vegetables change in our diet, it could be a possibility that she’s allergic to some vegetable which as a result is causing inflammation.

    • Sabrina and husband on January 20, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      @Abhishek Pandey it could be. Difficult to say until she start to eat one day and stop in the next eating what she thinks is causing her this allergy ( hopefully not RA).

    • Abhishek Pandey on January 20, 2023 at 2:41 pm

      @Sabrina and husband yes I too thought of this solution to check what could be causing the issue.

      In winters we have more intake of spinach not sure if it’s due to that because in Summers we consume it a lot less than winters.
      Rest, we are going to see a doctor.
      Thanks for your response and time.
      Stay healthy 😊

    • Sabrina and husband on January 20, 2023 at 5:09 pm

      @Abhishek Pandey basically because the strong sun is not there in the winter, so the immune system gets weaker.

  6. Jacob Marley on January 20, 2023 at 11:48 am

    I have severe ankylosing spondylitis. The food that causes me the worst inflammation is vegetable oils its so much worse than even sugar or refined carbs. After eating anything with it in it i can feel the inflammation within minutes even in places like my hands where AS isn’t supposed to affect. The best foods for me have been fatty meats.

    • Raviverma Verma on January 20, 2023 at 12:32 pm

      Lysate prp treatment
      Start anti-inflammatory diet
      Look after your gut condition (it’s very important)

  7. CN on January 20, 2023 at 11:50 am

    🎉 We get all of this life-changing information without arrogance or grandiosity! Wooow!👏 Thank You Dr. Berg! 😀 Have a wonderful day Sir!

    • Doctor Nate on January 20, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      Grateful 😊

  8. Yankee 🌹 Rose on January 20, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Dr. Berg helping the world, all in one shot, with his incredible videos. ✝️ Blessings and love to you kind Sir always. ❤

  9. Lynda Harvey on January 20, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Will be watching this later. I have psoriasis & Psoriatic arthritis overlapping with fibromyalgia, high blood pressure (left ventricular showed slightly strained) etc etc. Need all the help and ‘good’ advice as possible!!! Love and appreciate all of Dr Berg’s videos, very informative, thank you Dr Berg ✨🌸🙏💗✨

    • Serendipity Girl on January 20, 2023 at 3:37 pm

      I’d start with a strict elemination diet; basically carnivore and slowing add 1 food at a time and see how you react.

    • Lynda Harvey on January 20, 2023 at 4:01 pm

      @Serendipity Girl thank you for your suggestion, appreciated 😊

    • M. Mimi on January 20, 2023 at 4:05 pm

      You must have to be 100% disciplined in avoiding sugar in any form, food made of white flower, all milk products, coffee, alcohol, even red meat. Chicken and fish is ok. No frying. Get glukosamine, Vit C, magnesium, zink, calcium. Eat plenty of salads and slightly cooked vegetables. Add olive oil, apple cider vinegar. Drink green+mint teas. My brother got completely cured this way.

    • Lynda Harvey on January 20, 2023 at 4:13 pm

      @M. Mimi thank you, greatly appreciated 😊 I already do some of what you mention, and I don’t drink or smoke 😊. I’ve tried keto but lost track with all the surgeries… am keen to start intermittent fasting and keto again ✨🙌✨ happy to read it helped your brother, wonderful ✨

  10. fidel catsro on January 20, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    The best foods for autoimmune disorders:
    1. Probiotic foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, or a probiotic supplement)
    2. Fermented vegetables
    3. Foods high in sulforaphane (broccoli sprouts or a sulforaphane supplement)
    4. Foods high in glutamine (red cabbage, grass-fed beef, eggs, fish)
    5. Foods high in omega-3 fats (cod liver oil, salmon, sardines)

    The most important nutrients for autoimmune conditions:
    1. Zinc
    2. Vitamin D
    3. Vitamin A

    Things to avoid if you have an autoimmune disorder:
    • Antibiotics
    • Glyphosate
    • Gluten
    • Glucose
    • Fructose
    • Vegetable oils
    • Trans fats

    Thank you Dr Berg!

    • Goldheart on January 20, 2023 at 2:46 pm

      Yes thank you for summarizing 💜

    • Angela Coleman on January 20, 2023 at 3:23 pm

      Ty for the lists

    • gunmeet singh on January 20, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing these important points

    • tdginter on January 20, 2023 at 5:37 pm

      @cybersal7 this is the same included in the description & summary of this video. FYI.

    • Nan's Global Kitchen on January 20, 2023 at 6:30 pm

      Thankyou my friend, we miss you! Hope you are doing well!

  11. Deborah Rose Fistner on January 20, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    I have been suffering with Celiac Disease since birth. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was in my 40’s. It was a challenge at first to adjust my diet. I was able to get my hands on a book called Wheat Free Worry Free by Danna Korn. It has helped me but eventually I learned that I have to avoid all grains. Thank you Dr. Eric Berg for helping us to understand how to enjoy better health ♥️

  12. An Equal on January 20, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    I started eating the way Dr. Berg suggests in this video, and my energy levels have skyrocketed. My stress and emotions have alleviated so much too. It’s disgusting what is standardized in our modern diets. So glad I found this channel. Btw, I don’t have an autoimmune disease.

    • Doctor Nate on January 20, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      glad to hear that, a healthy balanced diet can do wonders 🙂

  13. Sheryn Ngofa on January 20, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    I destroyed most of my thyroid, eating processed foods and gluten. Had I known what you shared today, I could’ve saved my thyroid gland. I have Hashimoto’s disease.

  14. TA on January 20, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks Dr. Berg for this very valuable information. I love your daily videos. I don’t think I’d be alive now had I of not found you. I’ve been doing keto about 6 years now and it truly has changed my life thanks to you. You are a true blessing to many of us. I thank God for providing you and your great information in my life. I thank both you and your wife for all that you do for us. You are the Best. I tell everyone I know about you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • Doctor Nate on January 20, 2023 at 5:51 pm

      Amazing!!! kudos to you & your health goals 🙂

  15. Sandra Dixon on January 20, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    This information is so interesting. I’ve learned such a lot from you Dr Berg, and I share a lot of the information with friends. The first thing that came into my mind when you spoke about our very complex immune system is what King David said to God in Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because in an awe-inspiring way I am wonderfully made”. We have so much more knowledge about the human body than King David had so we should appreciate even more the wonderful way in which we were created.

  16. Ethan Murdoc on January 20, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Hey dr Berg, I’ve been following your guidelines and advice and lost 10 pounds in 8 days 🙂 I’ve been doing omad for 3 days and feel awake, alert, and alive! I am diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and bipolar disorder, aside from (currently) weighing 233 pounds. may (i was 244) you keep helping people out there with your knowledge.

  17. Mindful Consciousness on January 20, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you for always sharing your knowledge so thoroughly and in such a clear manner, Dr Berg. You are a fantastic educator.

    Genital Licken Sclerosus, nowadays, is affecting more and more young people and, online, so much controversy exists even amongst top class ‘experts’ and doctors/specialists, that to navigate through it all is quite a skill – and often a daunting research – due to lack of certainty on what should or should not be eaten. For instance, potatoes are good for some researchers and not for others, equally so for so many other items!

    In this video, Dr Berg, you explain how fructose is also not favourable for people with autoimmune conditions.

    Does it mean that all fruit (and even some vegetables) should not be eaten at all – when one has auto immune conditions with genital lychen sclerosus in particular?

    The risk of the genital orifice closing up completely and the possibility of cancerous cells growing, with this type of autoimmune condition, requires a thorough understanding of what can and cannot be eaten.

    To find out, specifically in genital lychen sclerosus, what is or is not allowed, is more than frustrating – due to such contrary points of view and information from well- meaning and highly qualified people.

    Should anyone know how to help with a specifically itemised food list, of definite vegetables, etc. that can be eaten …
    … without worrying,

    … that would be great!!!

    Thank you.

  18. Marta Toro on January 20, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Can we appreciate how Dr. Berg keeps looking better and better? If we take a look at videos from just a year ago, you can see the difference his health/diet modifications have made. Inspiration for us to keep improving our lifestyles. I lost 30lbs but still need to reduce sugars because once a week I have a slice of cake and I’d like to eliminate the unnecessary sugars completely. Thanks for the videos, Dr. Berg!

  19. Johnny Parker on January 20, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    Because of Dr Berg I eat raw cabbage daily, I drink green tea, I don’t eat sweets nor drink them. I am gradually pushing away refined grains and consuming more conciferous greens. He also led me to try intermittent fasting. I am becoming a brand new man at 55. Thank you Dr Berg for all you do for us

  20. Lily VonBulo on January 20, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    I have a question for Dr Berg: I have recently been trying to figure out why I have been having miscarriages (I try to eat as good as I can afford). I have read a paper talking about miscarriages possibly happening due to auto immune diseases.
    I have had two miscarriages in the last 12 months and this one ended earlier than the other one. My first was 14 weeks and this one was barely 8 weeks. My first one there was no baby to be seen and my second one I didn’t even get a chance to go to the doctor for ultrasound. My first one I didn’t feel very well when pregnant but the second time I thought I shouldn’t have a problem because I actually felt really good but that was not the case, I miscarried 2 weeks after thinking that.
    What I am asking is, can auto immune diseases, such a issues with the stomach, cause miscarriage? I have had issues with my stomach and intestines since a child.

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