Is there such a thing as ANTI-INFLAMMATORY food? What should we eat and what do we have to avoid? In order to understand this subject we have to first know what the inflammation is. When a tissue is injured by any of different possible causes a myriad of changes happen. The local circulation to the tissue increases and many local inflammatory tissue chemicals will be released to start the inflammatory process. As a result pain, swelling and redness start to happen. These are the signs that show us there is inflammation in an area of our body. The food that we eat can affect the environment of our intestine and affect the function of our different systems. It is demonstrated that high saturated fats, processed food and refined carbohydrates can induce inflammation.
FOODS TO AVOID: High fatty food, all that we call junk food, highly processed food, sugar, trans fats and saturated fats, sugary sodas, candy, carbohydrate and fat rich desserts, white bread, potatoes and fatty red meat and fried food.
FOODS TO EAT: An Anti-Inflammatory diet can include the following: fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, salads without rich dressings, vegetable oils, Omega-3 from fish sources, lean poultry protein, flax seed, canola oil, olive oil, soy, soy products like tofu and soy milk, low fat or fat free milk, legumes, seeds and nuts, oatmeal, walnut and berries. Eat more steam cooked dishes, stir-fried and scrambled food instead of fried food. Drink lots of water, vegetable fruit juices, herbal tea and green tea.
This list is just to give an idea and in no way is considered to be comprehensive. It can be considered as a good first step in the right direction. Enjoy your Healthy Anti-inflammatory food.