What is an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?
We all know that inflammation is key in the body’s natural healing response, bringing nourishment and immune activity the site of an injury or illness. You’ll notice this anytime you get a scab after a cut, or swelling after twisting your ankle. But inflammation persists or doesn’t have a purpose to serve, it can damage the body and actually cause illness, a condition that we call chronic inflammation. We have learned that chronic inflammation is the root cause for many serious illnesses, such as heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and toxic exposure can all contribute to too much inflammation in the body, but our dietary choices play a very large role as well. Learning how specific foods affect inflammation is the best strategy for reducing and containing your disease risk, as well as reducing symptoms of pain and discomfort.
In general, an anti-inflammatory diet consists of a variety of fresh, whole foods, while completely avoiding any processed or fast foods. Here are a few more specific guidelines to get you started:
- Eat at least nine servings of vegetables a day- a serving equals a half a cup cooked, one full cup raw vegetables
- Incorporate healing herbs and spices in to your diet, like turmeric, ginger, and garlic.
- Consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, like flaxseeds, walnuts, and wild-caught salmon
- Avoid refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, opt for fresh fruit as an occasional treat
- Cut out trans fats- avoid anything that says “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oils” on the label (that includes vegetable oils, like canola and safflower)
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