Inflammation is a normal reaction from the body to help fight illnesses and injuries. However, there are also conditions that can cause a faulty inflammatory response that can manifest in different ways depending on the condition. There is an anti-inflammatory diet you can follow to help relieve the inflammation and, in turn, the symptoms of the condition.
Some of the more common conditions that can reap the benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet include several forms of arthritis, skin conditions such as psoriasis, respiratory ailments such as asthma, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory diseases of the bowel.
Food to Focus On
Foods to get you started on an anti-inflammatory diet include making the most of vegetables such as leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower. You can also benefit by eating lots of fruit such as dark grapes, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, avocados and coconut. Extra virgin olive oil and fresh olives can also have anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to meats, fresh fish is best in particular salmon and sardines. Switching to green tea and dark chocolate are great alternatives too.
What Food to Avoid
When it comes to meats, try to avoid highly processed meats such as highly processed cold meats and hotdogs. Processed snacks should be avoided too, including chips, biscuits, lollies and ice cream. It’s important to stay away from fried food, carbohydrates and white breads and pastas. Avoid drinking heavily sugared beverages and excessive amounts of alcohol.
There are lifestyle changes you can make to help with your inflammatory condition too. These include getting regular exercise, planning your meals ahead of time to ensure the right foods are eaten, getting adequate rest, introducing supplements for Omega-3, drinking lots of water and ensuring you get sufficient rest.
The Australian School of Herbal Medicine has online courses on natural therapies that can help you to learn more about how you can manage illnesses and ailments with diet, lifestyle changes and herbal medicines. Contact us today to find out more.