Health Food

Anti-inflammation Diet

 

Harvard medical school sums it up perfectly: 

“Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator.  By following an anti-inflammatory diet you can fight off inflammation for good.”

 

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. We will be talking about chronic inflammation and chronic illnesses. Eastern and alternative medicine, for example, the ayurvedic approach have seen the power of nutrition for quite a while now.

 

Quoting Harvard Medical School, many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer's—have been linked to chronic inflammation. For me, it’s endometriosis. 

 

Chronic illnesses do not stem from bad nutrition, but bad nutrition can make the disease you’re fighting against so much worst. Choosing the right foods, may help better your situation and reduce the risk of a severe cause. Of course, this does not apply to all, and I want to emphasize that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I urge you to think about this: Will it harm you to give it a try? If the answer is no, I can only recommend it. 

Foods that cause inflammation
  • Meat

  • Dairy

  • Eggs

  • Fried food

  • Refined carbohydrates and sugar

  • Processed foods

  • Alcohol

  • Fast food

  • White flour

 

I cannot stress enough about the white flour/wheat part. This has been a game-changer for me. The so-called "empty carbs" in flour and wheat are burned more quickly. This leads to a sudden rise in blood sugar levels, which then drops again dramatically. This can trigger cravings, so that often more is eaten than is necessary. This also increases the energy intake, which is stored as fat if it is not burned up - and obesity also promotes inflammation.

If a lot of white flour is consumed permanently, this increases the number of bacteria that promote inflammation in the intestines, which can lead to obesity and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, among other things.

 

I admit the list is long, and at first, it might even seem impossible to accomplish. But once you figure out, what foods are good for you and you have some easy go-to recipes and feel better, you know you’re on the right path. You might be wondering, what you can eat? Let me tell you

Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Most vegetables, especially greens

  • Most fruits, especially berries 

  • Rice

  • Quinoa

  • Oats

  • Corn

  • Buckwheat

  • Amaranth

  • Millet

  • Lentils

  • Beans

  • Chickpeas

  • Quinoa

  • Herbs

  • Nuts

  • Turmeric

  • Ginger

  • Onions and garlic

  • Linseed oil

  • Seeds as chia, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin

Believe me, the list goes on and on. There are endless possibilities. Even though grabbing a quick meal at a fast-food joint or going to a restaurant might not be the best option from now on, I guarantee meal prepping has its advantages. You not only know exactly what’s in your meal, but you can also save a lot of money and keep your weight and health in check.

Check out some easy recipes to start a healthy low inflammatory diet. 

Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation