Anti-Inflammatory Diet

posted by admin on February 17th, 2016

 

Aging gracefully, to me, means being as healthy as possible for as long as possible.    Diet and lifestyle choices are a major part of that.

Recommending “The Anti-Inflammatory Diet,” to my clients, has made significant improvements in their health. I found that inflammation just might be accelerating the body’s aging process more than people know.

The immune system responds to injury or disease with inflammation. It is now widely accepted that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses, especially those related to aging, persistent stress, poor diet, and over-exposure to environmental toxins, which can contribute to this type of unhealthy inflammation.

The good news that by making healthier lifestyle choices it can help with inflammation. Following an anti-inflammatory diet is the single best way to reduce chronic inflammation and optimize health.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet is a life-long eating plan that emphasizes specific foods aimed at reducing harmful inflammation to ultimately lower your risk for diseases down the line.

 

What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

 

In a nutshell, it focuses on whole foods (those that are unrefined and unprocessed), omega 3s, healthy fats and anti-inflammatory spices. Here are some examples:

  • Whole grains such as brown rice, barley, millet and quinoa.
  • Fatty cold water fish, like salmon, for their omega 3s.
  • Brightly colored fresh vegetables and fruits, particularly dark berries.
  • Healthy fats found in high-quality extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, beans, nuts, seeds and avocados.
  • Spices known for their anti-inflammatory properties namely, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.
  • Alkaline water and green tea for beverages.
  • Fresh green juices / Wheatgrass
  • What’s off limits?
  • It might be tough to know if you are eating some of these ingredients, so always check labels.
  • Does it work?
  • Genetics do play a role, but diet is an integral part of that. You can greatly reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and certainly off-set them if they are hereditary. It’s never a bad idea to add another weapon to the arsenal against conditions that come with aging, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • There is solid research that omega 3s and mono-unsaturated oils can counteract inflammation. However, when it comes to developing certain diseases.
  • I recommend significantly reducing the intake of highly processed foods and rapidly digesting carbohydrates, avoiding fast food and products containing partially hydrogenated oils or vegetable shortening, and minimizing the use of polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower, safflower, soy and corn.”
  • For more information contact: Jess Day Holistic Nutritional Therapist I.H.C.A   I.A.C.S.T
  • Tel: 0879769751   E-mail: jessday@inbox.com Web: jessdayholisticnutrition.ie

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