We’ve always read in a lot of health articles online about how most medical conditions are caused by inflammation. It may probably be the cause of all diseases that we currently are aware of. Gum disease, rheumatism, asthma, heart disease name it, everything has always has to do with inflammation.
With this, medical experts around the globe are now taking a different perspective in terms of treatment for most medical illnesses. Instead of suppressing the damage done by any condition, doctors are now looking at long-term preventive measure by getting rid of inflammation itself before it starts to spread. Dr. David Heber of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) describes this shift as an “emerging” field in terms of treatment and may just change the game in terms of how people perceive medical treatments.
What exactly is an inflammation?
We’re usually told that a disease, a cold for example, is caused by an inflammation in your nasal cavity but we are rarely provided with the context that explains why such happens.
Basically, an inflammation occurs when the tissues found in our body are exposed to harmful chemicals that we acquire from various sources or what is known to be as an “infection”. Once this infection starts to spread on a rapid rate, inflammation occurs which is usually signified by swelling.
Inflammation and Your Diet
Medical experts have narrowed down the cause of inflammation into dietary and environmental chemicals that enter our body. However, they have shifted their focus on the former believing that there is a connection between what we eat and the diseases that we can acquire.
Dr. Tanya Edwards from the Center for Integrative Medicine has identified particular food groups that can trigger inflammation. Some of these include:
- Pasteurized dairy products
- Red meat
- Foods rich in trans-fatty acid
- Corn and soybean oils
Along with those food groups that can cause inflammation, Dr. Nicholas Perricone has also released a list of possible alternatives that can be favored to help prevent cases of inflammation. Here are some other guidelines that in your daily diet that our experts have identified to help get rid of inflammation:
Dr. Perricone recommends foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids, Omega 3, and Vitamin E. Foods rich in those said nutrients are also great in combating a range of medical conditions – ranging from arthritis up to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Have at least four to five servings of vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, beets, carrots, and squashes daily
- Make sure to hydrate regularly by drinking three liters of purified water. Unsweetened tea may also be considered an alternative.
- Add healthy spices like basil, garlic, ginger, and rosemary to your meals
- Have at least five to seven servings of healthy fats such as virgin coconut, flaxseed, and hazelnut oils.
- Drink at least one to two glasses of organic red wine
- For protein, limit your intake to once or twice a week and make sure that your meat comes from grass-fed livestock and your dairy products (cheese, milk) are made with organic ingredients.