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The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Is It Right For You?

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM


First off, I would like to say that the term anti-inflammatory “diet” is a bit of a misnomer, as it is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. That is to say, one does not suddenly go on the anti-inflammatory diet for a set period (let’s say 6 months), with the goal of losing weight. This is what people typically think of when presented with the word diet: food restrictions for the purpose of weight loss.

But the anti-inflammatory diet is much more than that. It is a lifestyle. You do not go on this diet for a set period of time, instead you strive to eat in this healthy fashion throughout your life.


Why should you be on an anti-inflammatory diet?


An anti-inflammatory diet is safe for virtually anyone to follow, but every body is unique, and some people have greater levels of inflammation than others.

It is important to say that acute inflammation is actually quite essential to the body’s healing process. However, problems arise when inflammation becomes chronic. This occurs when the natural immune response of inflammation doesn’t “shut off”, as it should. This type of chronic inflammation is linked to many diseases and disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and some cancers, to name a few (http://bit.ly/2c27kXe).

Common symptoms of chronic inflammation include: celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, fatigue, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, and arthritis, to name a few. If you experience any of these symptoms, an anti-inflammatory diet may be helpful.


So what is an anti-inflammatory diet?


The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the scientific understanding that certain foods contribute to, or cause, inflammation. These foods are reduced or eliminated. Other foods are understood to have anti-inflammatory properties. These foods are emphasized and increased on this diet.

Inflammatory foods to reduce or eliminate (http://bit.ly/2fZGD7W):


1. Nightshade vegetables – potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant. These contain solanine, which may cause inflammation in some people.

 

2. Dairy – Many people are unable to digest lactose, and casein (a milk protein) may cause inflammation in some people.

 

3. Gluten – many people are sensitive to gluten, and this sensitivity can promote inflammation. Consider eliminating gluten from your diet for a minimum of 8 weeks to determine whether you may be sensitive or not. For more information on food eliminations, contact Harmony in Health.

 

4. Eggs – People may be sensitive to either the egg yolk, egg white, or both. For some people, egg whites in particular may cause overreaction of the immune system, promoting inflammation.

 

5. Citrus fruit - For many people, citrus fruits are nutritious and healthy. However, some people may be sensitive to them and experience enhanced inflammation.

 

6. Non-organic meat – This meat is high in arachidonic acid, which can trigger inflammation in the body.

 

7. Processed foods and sugar - These are inflammatory in all people. Sugar is actually an anti-nutrient, meaning not only does it provide no nutritional value, it actually depletes the body further of key vitamins and minerals as they are required for its digestion.

 


How do you start an anti-inflammatory diet?


Starting a new diet, or way of eating, may not be easy, but I promise it will be worth it! If you are interested in trying an anti-inflammatory diet, or learning more about the diet that will work best for your unique body, contact Harmony in Health today and start feeling like the best you you can be!

 

 

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