January 27-28, 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
Inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process. Our body uses inflammation to fight illness and protects us from further harm. However, some medical conditions can cause faulty inflammation response, which are called chronic inflammatory diseases.
The best thing that one can do to reduce and prevent inflammation is to opt for an anti-inflammation diet. The anti-inflammation diet includes eating certain foods and avoiding some.
The anti-inflammatory diet increases the amount of antioxidants that reduce the free radicals in the body. Free radicals can damage body cells and increase the risk of certain diseases.
Conditions that can be improved by having an anti-inflammatory diet
Doctors recommend having the anti-inflammatory diet as a complementary treatment for conditions that can be worsened by chronic inflammation. Some of the conditions that can be improved by having an anti-inflammatory diet include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, lupus, metabolic syndrome and Hashimoto’s disease.
Foods to eat during the anti-inflammatory diet
Dark leafy vegetables, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, dark red grapes, broccoli, cauliflowers, beans, lentils, green tea, red wine (in moderation), avocado, olives, coconut, extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, turmeric, cinnamon, dark chocolate and cold-water fish including salmon and sardines.
Foods to avoid during the anti-inflammatory diet
Anti-inflammatory diet does not just mean eating more of some specific foods but also avoiding some particular foods.
The list includes processed meats, sugary drinks, fried foods, white bread, white pasta, vegetable oil, soybean oil, gluten. Processed snacks like chips, excess alcohol and too many carbohydrates should be avoided too.
Vegetarian food and inflammation
Studies suggest that people who follow a vegetarian diet have high levels of plasma AA, which is a marker of overall health and is linked with lower levels of inflammation and heart disease.