Inflammation And The Foods We Eat
Different types of food will help reduce inflammation, while others will promote inflammation. Here’s how to choose the right foods for your diet. Much of this is really common sense, and yet not many people stop to think about its implications.
When grocery shopping try to buy organic fruits, vegetables, milk products, and free-range eggs and meats whenever possible. Non-organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats contain pesticides, and may contain other chemicals or harmful metals. These chemicals can be stored in your body, where they stimulate pain receptors, create inflammation, increase free radical production, and make it more difficult to heal.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve and maintain health by decreasing foods that lead to inflammation and pain, decreasing your intake of harmful chemicals, and optimizing your intake of healthy protein, fat, and carbs. It can also aid in weight management and in the prevention of heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, cancer and strokes.
Follow these guidelines for healthier food choices:
- Minimize or eliminate (ideally) partially hydrogenated oils in processed foods (use foods labeled “No Trans Fats”).
- Minimize or avoid eating at fast food restaurants. At restaurants order butter based toppings onthe side. Choose salads (with oil and vinegar or vinaigrette), vegetables and avoid deep fried entrées.
- Minimize or avoid deep fried and breaded foods.
- Minimize sugars and starches (crackers, potatoes, rice, scones, cookies, etc.).
- Increase healthy fruits such as apples and berries (have 2-3 servings per day).
- Increase healthy veggies. Have a minimum of 3 servings per day.
- Try to choose organic fruits and veggies.
- Eat protein at every meal.
- Try to purchase free-range poultry and meat (if you are not vegetarian).
- Use a good multivitaminmineral supplement (taken at meals) that requires at least 2 per day withminerals (calcium 500 mg per day and magnesium 500 mg per day) and antioxidants(A, C, E, selenium).
- Try some green tea daily.
- Minimize food and drinks high fructose corn syrup.
- Choose veggie juices such as V 8 or an organic version (Knudsen Very Veggie Organic, Lakeview Super Veggie).
- For fruit juice,choose one with a lot of phytonutrients and antioxidant quenching abilities (Pomegranate Juice). If you are trying to lose weight, limit all fruit juices and stick with water and green tea.
Healthy food is really better for your body; it is not just a fad!
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