An anti-inflammatory diet is a way of eating that focuses on reducing bodily inflammation. Having too much inflammation can cause health problems including joint arthritis, gut/digestive issues, heart disease, increased cancer risk, poor sleep, decreased lung health, and some skin ailments. The diet consists of foods that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants and avoiding certain foods that can trigger inflammation. The Mediterranean diet and DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet are two popular anti-inflammatory diets. Here are some key components of a low inflammatory diet:
Avoid processed foods: Processed foods like fast food, sugary drinks, processed meats (deli meat, hotdogs), and snack foods are often high in unhealthy fats, refined sugars, and preservatives- all of which can trigger inflammation in the body.
Avoid trans fats: Trans fats are frequently found in processed foods and trigger inflammation in the body. Avoiding foods with trans fats, like fried foods and baked goods, can help reduce inflammation.
Consuming anti-inflammatory foods: Foods that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties such as fruits, leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of healthy fat that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, as well as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Spices and herbs: Spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and cinnamon, have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to flavor foods or be taken as a supplement.
In addition to following these tenants, a low inflammatory diet can be enhanced by consuming certain nutrients and food types. Here are some of the most recommended anti-inflammatory foods and natural supplements:
It’s important to talk to a healthcare provider before taking any supplements, as they can interact with other medications and have potential side effects. Overall, an anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes whole, nutrient-dense foods while limiting processed and generally unhealthy foods. Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce inflammation in the body and may help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition to mitigating adverse health outcomes, this diet also promotes optimal health and recovery overall. Anyone suffering from chronic conditions involving inflammation should consider speaking with their medical provider to see if an anti-inflammatory diet is right for them.
— This article is written by Deryk Harting, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Florida.
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