Anti-inflammatory Food as Medicine

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You’ve probably heard of anti-inflammatory foods or the anti-inflammatory diet, but can these foods really help reduce inflammation? Experts believe it’s possible. What you put into your body really does count, you are what you eat. Food and nutrition is widely known across different beliefs, from traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda to western practices, as the foundations of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, general well-being and avoiding chronic illnesses caused by inflammation in the body.

 

Inflammation is a natural response to infection and injuries, it is a defence mechanism and a part of the healing process. For example, if you twist your ankle playing football, it will swell up. This would firstly alert your body that you have the injury, protect you from further trauma to the area, and at the same time start the healing process. However, problems manifest if the inflammation persists it could cause not only acute short term pain but have a huge impact and inconvenience to your lifestyle. This occurs primarily because even though the pain and inflammation may subside after a day, week or month, there is still residual damaged tissue around the injury site and this, if left will result in that area remaining weak and susceptible to on-going and recurrent injuries.

 

Chronic inflammation is also known to lead to serious diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, autoimmunity, and obesity. Inflammation is a serious and chronic issue prevalent in Australia today and due to the rise of chronic diseases over the past decade, anti-inflammatory foods have garnered much media and public attention.

 

Anti-inflammatory drugs are usually the first defence used to treat inflammation, however, with side effects ranging from digestive system problems, nausea, dizziness and insomnia to serious issues such as liver and kidney failure and ulcers with long term use, it’s no wonder that more people are seeking alternatives to taking prescription medicine. By learning more about the anti-inflammatory diet concept you’ll find that medication isn’t the only option you have to feeling better sooner.

 

“Let food be thy medicine & medicine be thy food” said Hippocrates, one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. Experts believe that your lifestyle and diet can either trigger chronic inflammation or prevent it. Certain foods can actually cause inflammation while others have richer healing properties. But you don’t just need to read the research or hear what specialists on the diets are talking about, you can see it for yourself. Everyone reacts to foods differently, but there are patterns that you will notice when you pay closer attention to what you are putting into your body. For example, eating foods that are processed, high in sugar and/or fat content will tend to make you feel sluggish, tired and irritable. By eliminating these types of foods from your diet, studies have shown significant differences in pain and symptoms associated with chronic illness.

 

You don’t have to live with inflammation forever – you can treat, prevent and even eradicate inflammatory issues by knowing which foods are triggers for you, which foods are bad in general – for example processed white sugar and flour – and how to change your diet accordingly. While research still remains inconclusive on the direct effects of eating anti-inflammatory foods, you shouldn’t have to wait to incorporate these valuable choices to your everyday life. Findings have already shown that cultures who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fatty fish and healthy oils have lower rates of chronic illnesses and diseases.

 

To learn more about reducing or healing inflammation and using food as medicine, contact us at Joost’s Sports Injury Clinic, Sunshine Coast.

Comments

  1. Really great Anti-inflammatoryFood!! Your blog approach inspire me a lot..Thanks for sharing..

    • Joost on June 2, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

      My pleasure, I hope to continue providing a variety of information about my treatments, so please feel free to question and or comment.

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