Why inflammation matters.
There are some foods that cause inflammation and some food stop the inflammation. Why should inflammation matter? It matters because medical science is starting to understand inflammation maybe the starting point for all diseases. Take heart attacks for example, we are beginning to understand that lowering high cholesterol is only part of the prevention. First the inflammation starts in the walls of coronary arteries, that triggers the cholesterol to be deposited on the walls of the arteries that are inflamed, these deposits build up until eventually the flow of the blood completely stops and thus causing a heart attack. It is thought Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Heart Disease are all linked to the inflammation. There are many other diseases in which inflammation is present but it is not clear where in the process of disease formation the inflammation happens, at the beginning or end of the disease process. These diseases, to mention some, are Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, ankylosing spondylitis, SLE, dermatomyositis, sacroiliitis etc. It doesn’t matter where in the process the inflammation happens, if it is causing harm it makes sense to turn it off.
The causes of inflammation.
There are number factors that cause bad inflammation, these include some foods I have listed below, stress, polluted air, chemical irritants, second hand smoke, pesticides, chronic infections such as Helicobacter pylori, fat around the midline of your body, chronic sleep disturbance and sleep apnea. To turn the inflammation off, correct as many of the above as possible.
Inflammation causing foods.
Avoid or eliminate the following :-
Sugar in the form of corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, golden syrup, maltose, and sucrose.
Oils that is very high in omega-6, such as grape seed oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.
Trans fats, they are found deep fried foods, commercially prepared baked goods, fast foods and they usually appear on the label as partially hydrogenated oils.
Cow’s milk can also lead to inflammation.
Cured meats and red meats contain substance called neu5Gc which causes inflammation.
Excessive alcohol consumption.
Consumption of refined grains, such as white bread and white rice.
Artificial food additives such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame.
Preventing inflammation with food and Herbs.
Use these foods as much as possible:-
Eat whole foods and avoid anything processed.
Eat fish high in Omega-3
Eat Kelp ( seaweed)
Eat whole fruits and vegetable.
Use olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil; these all have better ratio of omega-3 : omega-6
Avoid drinking from plastic bottles.
Drink black and green tea
Eat broccoli, shitake mushrooms
Have Tulsi or Holy Basil
Use Tumeric, Ginger, Basil and rosemary in your cooking.
The Science of Natural Healing – by Dr Mimi Guarneri