Keto and Autoimmune Disease

Written by LaToya Gay

February 17, 2021

Here we are one month into 2021.  How has your health journey been going so far?  Are you sticking to the ketogenic lifestyle?  I have been following this lifestyle for over 3 years and have never looked back.  Let me tell you why.  I am a 21-year lupus warrior and I believe keto saved my life.

Nearly 3.5 years ago I was having one of the worst lupus flares of my life.  Something had to give.  I was seriously at the end of my rope.  After extensive research, I happened upon the keto diet.  The main takeaway for me was that I would be removing foods from my diet that was causing my body to have an inflammatory response.

Within 4 months my lupus went into remission.  It is not medically proven that keto put me into remission, but I am not changing a thing and my doctors agree.

Keto & Autoimmune Disease

For people suffering from an autoimmune disease that want to follow a ketogenic diet, the most important thing to realize is that they MUST be STRICT/CLEAN keto.  This is not negotiable.  If you do dirty keto you will not relieve any of your symptoms. Consuming foods that are considered inflammatory will continue to flare up your system.

An efficient immune response protects against many diseases and disorders. An inefficient immune response allows diseases to develop. Too much, too little, or the wrong immune response causes immune system disorders. An overactive immune response can lead to the development of autoimmune diseases, in which antibodies form against the body’s own tissues.

The inflammatory response (inflammation) occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, certain foods, heat, or any other causes. The damaged cells release chemicals including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins. These chemicals cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling.

Many people that begin a ketogenic lifestyle do so for weight loss.  These people as long as they do not have an autoimmune disease can follow a dirty keto diet with no repercussions.  They do not have the additional diagnosis.  Eating the restricted foods, while staying under their net carb intake will not cause their body to harm itself.

Do not get me wrong, these same people would benefit greatly by following strict keto as well.  Their body has the same inflammatory response, it just is not debilitating to them.  They will still feel sluggish, mentally cloudy, swollen gut, and much more.  Their bodies will be running on fat, therefore burning fat and they will lose weight.  They will be happy.

Autoimmune people will be feeling great!  None of the side effects from the restricted foods AND weight loss!  Another very important thing to remember is that the amazing benefits of following a keto lifestyle will not happen overnight.  Slow and steady wins the race.  If you try this lifestyle for 3 days and feel no difference, do not quit!

It takes about 4 weeks for your body to rid itself of all the toxins you had been putting into it.  At that one-month mark, if you follow keto to the letter you will be feeling like a new person!  This will make it easy for you to make keto a lifestyle choice instead of a diet.  Seeing and living the benefits will become the only way you will want to live.  You will immediately recognize how horrible a cheat makes you feel, therefore, making the ketogenic lifestyle the best for you!


Guest Blogger: Daniellle Turco 

Danielle is an over 20-year lupus warrior that is currently in remission. She suffered for many years wondering what was wrong with her. After many misdiagnoses, lupus was finally confirmed through routine bloodwork while pregnant with her son. She has spent many years figuring out what works for her and what does not. Danielle thrives on helping others and advocating for her community. She is a Certified Keto, Health & Life Coach an RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, and Certified Personal Trainer. Danielle lives on Long Island with her husband Keith, their 2 children James and Noelle and Teddy Bear dog Augie.



Certified Life and Health Coach
Certified Keto Coach
Best of LI Nominee 2020 For Holistic Wellness and Life Coach
Certified Yoga Instructor
Reiki Master and Teacher
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
Spinning and TRX Certified
WEGO Health Patient Leader
Director Laxin’ For Lupus

Instagram @ketolupie


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