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Chronic Inflammation is a precursor to degenerative diseases and to us meeting an earlier end. Chronic inflammation can often be silent, or go unnoticed until symptoms of degenerative disease begin to show themselves. The best way to offset this tendency toward degeneration is to add in anti-inflammatory foods. As it turns out, anti-inflammatory foods are the real, whole foods we have been discussing thus far.
Vegetables and Fruits
As we have discussed before, brightly colored fruits and vegetables should cover the majority of your plate at any meal. We should try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Some of the best anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables include berries like blueberries, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale). When considering brightly colored produce, don’t forget about the anti-inflammatory herbs we discussed in the last post such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Fermented vegetables such as kimchee, pickles and sauerkraut should also be considered. Shiitake mushrooms are also an anti-inflammatory addition as they help to mitigate oxidative stress.
Grains and Legumes
If including grains and legumes in the diet, make sure they are whole, soaked or fermented and properly prepared for proper digestion. Flour based, processed grains should be avoided. As we’ve discussed in a previous posts, rather or not gluten is included in the diet should be carefully considered. If it is included, proper preparation is crucial. Organic, fermented soybean products such as natto, miso and tempeh can also be added.
Adding in healthy fats (coconut, avocados, raw nuts, olives, coconut oil, and cold-pressed olive oil) and the elimination of bad fats (highly processed vegetable oils like canola oil, soybean oil, margarine and hydrogenated oils/trans fats) is crucial in the anti-inflammatory diet.
Omega 3 foods such as cold water, fatty fish such as wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and herrings should also be included in an anti-inflammatory diet.
In general, in our western diets, we tend to eat too much animal protein. A vegetable based diet is best and a little good quality animal protein goes a long way. If you can, choose wild local seafood, local grass-fed meats and dairy products.
Other Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Other anti-inflammatory foods to consider in your diet are green tea, tulsi tea, matcha and dark chocolate for their antioxidant content.
Avoid Processed Foods and Sugar
One of the most important things to remember when eating an anti-inflammatory diet is to avoid processed foods, especially those containing processed sugars and bad fats. Regular consumption of flour based foods and refined sugars should be avoided as insulin resistance leads to chronic inflammation and degenerative disease.
Nothing is more important for your health than the state of your gut microbiome. Did you know that we are made up more of living microorganisms including bacteria, than we are made of cells?
Our digestive tract is basically a tube that runs from our mouth at the top of our digestive tract to our anus at the bottom. In our intestines or gut portion of our tube is a world of organisms called our gut microbiome. The gut is populated with friendly or beneficial microorganisms that are part of our immune system, help us break down foods, and even produce needed nutrients for us. The state of our gut micobiome even affects our mental health.
We also have microorganisms in our gut that can wreak havoc on our health if they become too out of balance. Our modern diets of processed, sugary foods laden with pesticide residues and antibiotics upset the healthy balance our gut microbiome. Stress also destroys this balance. Did you know that in certain cases, we can’t even lose weight no matter how much we diet and exercise if our gut microbiome is out of balance? In short, we can not be in optimal health if our gut microbiome is out of balance.
It is therefore important to re-establish a healthy gut microbiome balance. One way of doing this is by adding in probiotic rich foods. Some of these foods might include: old-fashioned, lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut, lacto-fermented pickles and cultured dairy such as homemade (unsweetened) yoghurt and kefir.
See my article, I Found A Solution, to read more about my personal experience with finding a solution to GERD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder) with probiotic foods.