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The Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Can it Help Defeat Arthritis, Lupus and Other Chronic Diseases?

According to some Anti-inflammatory dieters, low grade inflammation may be the leading cause of heart disease and diabetes to arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. Inflammation is the way the body's immune system responds to attacks, injuries or infections. Symptoms include swelling, pain, sometimes loss of movement or function and red dye.

The immune system is a complex system of organs, tissues and cells that protects the body from attacks by viruses, bacteria and allergens as well as harmful insides such as infected cells and toxins. Autoimmune diseases are the result of a system that attacks itself and destroys tissues and creates substances that cause chronic health conditions. Type 1 diabetes, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus are all examples of autoimmune diseases.

The immune system's response to an unhealthy diet can lead to chronic inflammation. Although the anti-inflammatory diet is not able to eliminate inflammation, it can reduce the inflammation that causes autoimmune diseases.

No drug can do this? Yes, of course. That's what NSAIDs (NonSteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are for. And they work; approximately. There have been mixed reports of the effects of NSAIDs on inflammation. Some evidence shows that people with NSAIDs have a lower incidence of autoimmune disease. Other studies show that long-term use can actually lead to cardiovascular problems.

What is Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Any foods with refined sugars or white flour in it tend to be inflammable. Fast food, deep fried foods, fatty and processed foods are all considered inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet will exclude these items and include fresh fruits and vegetables, Omega 3 oils as found in salmon, and minimal red meat. In other words, this diet is no different than what we have always been told is a healthy diet. There are popular diets that are good examples.



  • DASH diet... DASH stands for Nutrition Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The diet contains cereals and cereals, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, low or fat dairy products, lean meat, fish and poultry, nuts, seeds and nuts with a very limited amount of fat and sugar.


  • Diet On the South Coast... This food has a life-changing regimen that allows you to live a life without eating low carbohydrates and fats. It works in three phases. Stage One lasts for two weeks and consists of normal parts but all carbohydrates are restricted. In Phase Two some prohibited foods are introduced. This phase lasts until the desired weight is reached. Phase Three is for maintenance and should be followed indefinitely.


  • Mediterranean diet... The main components of this diet include:

    Get lots of practice and eat meals with family and friends

    Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

    Take healthy fats like olive oil and canola oil

    Use herbs and spices instead of salt for flavor

    Eat a small portion of the beans

    Drink red wine, in simple terms, for some people

    Take a little red meat

    Eat fish or shellfish at least twice a week

    It has proven to be one of the healthiest diets in the world.


  • Zone Diet... According to its creator, Barry Sears is not a diet but a healthy, balanced lifestyle. and three grams of carbohydrates (Diet Zone Methods 1-2-3). It is promoted as an anti-inflammatory diet.

Whether inflammation actually causes chronic illness or simply accompanying them may not be stable. However, as with many preventable diseases, if inflammation can be controlled by a healthy diet, exercise, and a positive lifestyle, shouldn't it be tried?



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