Thursday, November 8, 2012

Inflammation & the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

We are what we eat, and by knowing our bodies, inside and out we can control how we feel!

             Inflammation: is a part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to    harmful  stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process.
We all know inflammation as heat, swelling, redness and pain. Many things can contribute to inflammation in the body, such as stress or a genetic predisposition, but food choices play a huge role as well. The anti-inflammatory diet isn’t a “diet;” it is a scientifically proven roadmap to optimum health. Anti-inflammatory foods allow you to feel your best and act as preventative health care, providing you with energy, stamina, longevity, and vitality.
Many “diets” adopt anti-inflammatory properties such as the vegan diet, raw food diet, or Paleo diet. The foods that cause inflammation are gluten, casein, safflower, sunflower, soy, and corn oil, meat, dairy, eggs, processed meats, fried food, syrup and soft drinks, and fast foods. The foods you need to eat to eliminate inflammation are nuts, avocado, spinach, turmeric and ginger, olive oil, tart cherries, pineapple, orange vegetables and fruits, onions and garlic.

Research shows that inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses, cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. My Great Uncle just passed away from Alzheimer’s, and I can’t help but wonder if his illness could have been helped by a change early on in his diet. Please avoid inflammatory foods if possible! 

Eat fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, fish, healthy fats, and whole grains rich with vitamins, minerals, and Omega 3 fatty acids to prevent inflammation. We are what we eat!

Until next time

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