Inflammation is something that happens to all of us, but what causes it? And what can we do to control it? Dr. Carm is here to talk about it and show us what anti-inflamatory foods we should add to our diets.
Inflammation is part of the body's immune response; without it we can't heal. But like many things, too much of it leads to over activity in the immune system, which causes harm. For example, joint pain like rheumatoid arthritis can result from too much inflammation. Inflammation is also thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Is there such a thing as the inflammation diet?
There are definitely foods that are considered anti-inflammatory foods and ones that can spur inflammation, such as foods high in sugar and saturated fat. The typical bad for you foods. Many of the best anti-inflammatory foods are also ones that follow the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet has shown to reduce inflammation in as little as six weeks. Some of my favorites are nuts, olive oil, good whole grains, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and berries.
Whole grains - whole grains have less added sugar and more fiber, which has been shown to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood.
Dark, leafy greens - Vitamin E plays a big role in protecting the body from inflammation and dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, and collard greens are some of the best sources of Vitamin E. Plus they have high concentrations of calcium, iron and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
Nuts - Particularly, almonds are another excellent source of Vitamin E, plus they have healthy fats that fight inflammation. Walnuts have high amounts of an omega-3 fat and all nuts are packed with antioxidants that fight off and repair damage to your body caused by inflammation.
Tomatoes - the lycopene in tomatoes has shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body. Cooking tomatoes bumps up the lycopene, so make some spaghetti sauce.
Olive oil - plant-based fats like olive oil are good for your heart and inflammation.
Berries - all fruits are good for fighting inflammation, but the powerful chemicals that give berries their rich color have even better anti-inflammatory properties. Eat raspberries to prevent arthritis and blueberries to protect against intestinal inflammation.
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