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What You Need to Know About the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

by Angela Freed

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION & THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET


WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?

Inflammation is a complex biological process in which the body’s immune cells and other chemical mediators provide protection from injury, infection and foreign substances, such as chemicals or additives in our food. It is a protective process by the body to remove harmful substances and to initiate healing. Inflammation is a normal, necessary and regenerative process until it becomes chronic [1]. Chronic inflammation can be dangerous and destructive and is the underlying process behind many diseases and conditions including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and obesity.

DIET & LIFESTYLE FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH INFLAMMATION

TRIGGERS OF INFLAMMATION

Many different factors can trigger inflammation. (1) Injury, such as a sprained ankle or bee sting; (2) poor diet which includes non-organic pesticide ridden foods and artificial ingredients; (3) environmental factors which include pollution and chemicals in our self-care products; (4) food allergens such as soy, wheat (gluten), milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and eggs; (5) poor lifestyle habits such as being sedentary or smoking; and (6) stress from our daily work load or caused by the breakdown of food toxins in the body. In the US, we allow over 10,000 chemical additives in our food supply! The average American consumes: 14 lbs of additives per year, 160 pounds of sugar and 8 pounds of salt [2]. No wonder we are chronically inflamed and undernourished.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INFLAMMATION

Inflammation can be present in numerous disease states and conditions. Some of the main signs and symptoms that are associated with inflammation include: weight gain or inability to lose weight, body aches and pains, allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease, arthritis, fatigue and skin problems such as acne or eczema [3].

SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORT

Because of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the inadequate quality of our food supply, supplementation may be necessary for most people. Some anti-inflammatory, whole food supplements include:

(1)    Omega-3 Oil. Omega-3 fats are naturally anti-inflammatory and essential for cell membrane integrity and optimal health. A high quality Cod Liver Oil is supplement is recommended.
(2)    Multivitamin. A multivitamin will fill in any missing nutrient gaps and provide total body anti-inflammatory support as well as preventing malnutrition and/or nutrient deficiencies.
(3)    B Vitamin Complex. Essential for cellular energy support and anti-inflammatory biological processes.
(4)    Vitamin D3. Fundamental vitamin for immune support, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation.
(5)    Probiotic. Necessary gut and digestion support; key for protecting against toxins and foreign substances.

THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET GUIDE

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REFERENCES

[1] http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/ss07/inflammation.html

[2] “Do You Know What Your Patients Eat?” Monograph, E. Cheraskin, W. Ringsdorf, Dept. Oral Med., U. Alabama 1976.  

[3] http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/10/chronic-inflammation-signs-symptoms-and-testing/



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