6 Tips to Benefit from Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Posted on 07. Oct, 2012 by in General Health Concerns

Clinical studies reveal that the underlying cause of most life-threatening diseases and premature aging is chronic inflammation.  One of the best natural solutions is to introduce healthy changes to your diet and accommodate food that can stop and prevent inflammation.  Here are six (6) tips on how you can benefit from consuming anti-inflammatory diet.

1.      The key to benefit from the diet is to select ingredients that fight inflammation and prepare your meals accordingly.  The goal is to provide your body with nutrients that will keep it healthy and free from diseases.

In selecting your food ingredients, keep the following in mind:  choose fresh food over frozen food and natural ingredients instead of artificial ingredients; avoid or lessen your consumption of fast, instant, and processed food; increase your intake of fruits and vegetables; and choose a variety of food rich in antioxidants.

2.      Cut the amount of sugar in your meals, especially refined sugar.  According to health experts, sugar is one of the main culprits for inflammatory diseases.  It stimulates degeneration of body cells and speeds up the aging process.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, results reveal that excessive consumption of refined sugar can lead to death from inflammatory diseases.

3.      Avoid food that contains trans-fat.  These are fatty acids found in industrially processed oils.  The addition of hydrogen makes the oils one of the unhealthiest food product in the market, and consuming it is a surefire way to inflammation.  The most common effect of trans-fat is it increases bad cholesterol and decreases good cholesterol.  This is a dangerous combination leading serious and fatal diseases such as heart attacks and cancers.

4.      Include more fruits and vegetables in your anti-inflammatory diet.  It is worth emphasizing the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, as they are your primary sources of nutrients.  You will benefit from high levels of antioxidants that serve as your body’s natural armor and shield against inflammatory diseases.

Fruits cleanse your body flushing out toxic substances that can trigger and worsen inflammation; vegetables feed your body and deliver essential nutrients to optimize your systems.  Both are rich in phytonutrients that promote generation of healthy cells.

5.      Choose monounsaturated oils such as olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, and walnut oil.  Unlike trans- fats and other saturated fatty acids, these oils do not clog your arteries.  They also have the ability to fight and control inflammation, lowering your bad cholesterol and promoting your good cholesterol.

6.      In preparing your well-balanced meals, make sure to include anti-inflammatory ingredients such as the following:  whole grains, fruits and vegetables, anti-inflammation fats, as well as herbs and spices rich in antioxidants.

On top of selecting and preparing your anti-inflammatory diet, you should also see to it that you shift to a healthier lifestyle.  Dieting will lose its value if you do not accompany it with healthy lifestyle changes.  Some of these are to reduce your stress levels, minimize your exposure to environmental toxins, getting enough rest and relaxation, and doing your healthy exercise routine.

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