5 Things You Must Know About Anti-Inflammation Diet

Posted on 08. Oct, 2012 by in General Health Concerns

Health experts across the world agree that inflammation is the underlying cause of most diseases.  One of the best natural solutions to treat and prevent such diseases is to address inflammation through dieting.  Here are five (5) things you must know about anti-inflammation diet. 

1.      A diet that will reduce and prevent inflammation involves eating natural food instead of processed food.  As much as possible, eat the food in their raw condition such as with fruits and vegetables.  If you must cook food, choose methods that are able to preserve the nutrients.  Examples of these methods are the following:  steaming, baking, microwaving, and stir-frying.

It is also preferable that you choose naturally grown ingredients for your food recipes.  If you have to use conventionally grown ingredients, be sure to wash them thoroughly to remove traces of toxic chemicals from pesticides and artificial fertilizers.  If you have to consume processed food, choose those with more natural ingredients than artificial ingredients.

2.      Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, as they are natural anti-inflammatory food.  Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of anti-oxidants such as phytonutrients.  The WebMD classifies food into three types:  anti-inflammation, neutral, and pro-inflammation.  Fruits and vegetables lead the list of anti-inflammation food.

Some of the best anti-inflammation fruits and vegetables are the following: papaya, blueberries, broccoli, sweet potato, cranberries, pineapple, strawberries, cherries, purple grapes, red peppers, eggplant, and radishes.  To double the benefits you can get from fruits and vegetables as your anti-inflammation diet, eat them raw or limit the time and heat in cooking them.

3.      The fast food diet is a major culprit in inflammatory diseases.  This is because the diet is rich in pro-inflammatory fats.  Most fast-food types of food are rich in Omega 6 and poor in Omega 3 fatty acids.  This ratio of fatty acids in the body, along with trans- fat, triggers and promotes inflammation.

Your diet should therefore restore the good balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, and eliminate trans-fat.  Some of the rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are the following:  salmon, cod liver oil, flaxseeds, and green vegetables.  Avoid the following food for their trans-fat ingredients:  margarines, packaged food, frozen food, and fast food.

4.      Herbs and spices are essential ingredients in your diet to treat and prevent inflammation.  Add flavor to your food by using these anti-inflammatory herbs and spices:  ginger, turmeric, cloves, black pepper, cilantro, rosemary, onion, garlic, cayenne, chives, basil, and cinnamon.

5.      Identify your food allergies, as they can trigger inflammation.  Stay away from food allergens or ingredients that elicit sensitive or allergic reactions from your body.  Usually, these food types are common allergens:  milk as some people are lactose-intolerant, dairies, corn, soy, wheat, yeast, beef and poultries.

Several clinical studies and research have already established the benefits of eating anti-inflammation diet to fight and prevent chronic ailments and diseases, including those that are life threatening such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.   The diet will also slow down the aging process by stopping inflammation and promoting regeneration of new and healthy cells in the body.

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