The Hydradenitis Suppurativa Diet is all about eliminating foods that are inflammatory. It is very similar to an autoimmune diet or a leaky gut diet.
What you are doing is eliminating any foods that can contribute to a leaky gut, inflammation, or an allergic reaction (you may be allergic to a food and not even know it).
This protocol does not have to be forever, once you have tried it for a couple months, you can slowly add back in some of the foods and monitor your reactions to them.
It is very important to listen to your body and how it reacts to a food. Anytime you get a stomachache, indigestion, flushed skin, that is your body telling your it does not like a particular food.
The side effects to this diet may be losing weight and better health so feel free to continue it indefinitely!
Remove the following foods from your diet completely for at least 2 months. Monitor your Hydradenitis Suppurativa during those 2 months: do you have less outbreaks or none at all, are the boils smaller? are current boils reducing in size? What else do you notice?
Dairy: Meant for baby cows to grow big and strong when they are born, even cows stop drinking it when they grow up.
Gluten: Contributes to leaky gut and many people are intolerant to it.
Sugar: Sugar causes inflammation in the body, high blood sugar levels, high triglyceride levels, diabetes, obesity, and raises some markers for cardiovascular disease. Stay away from it.
Nightshades: Harder to cut out of your diet than you may think. Nightshades can contain many toxins that people with HS are very sensitive to. They can cause digestive problems, leaky gut, and inflammation. Watch out for salsa and tomato sauce as well as many other products. Some common nightshades are: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, all peppers, and tobacco.
Eggs: Egg whites are the main problem here, but best to avoid them completely at first.
Legumes: Very hard on our digestive system and are a trigger for outbreaks for many people. This includes all soy products.
Yeast: This includes most baked goods and alcohols. A small study of 12 patients with HS found all of them intolerant to Brewers yeast and wheat. This includes beer and wine and most baked products. Please check out the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23891479.
While there is no cure for Hydradenitis Suppurativa, this elimination diet is an excellent start to reducing the symptoms and possibly a remission.