Renewed Health: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Summary of the seminar from February 2, 2012 by Dr. Jeffrey Friess of the Golgi Clinic
Inflammation is an essential function of our immune system that protects and helps heal the body.
Stress is anything that disrupts the homeostasis of the body – anything from a paper cut to emotional stress, exercise to a poor diet will stress the body.
Known inflammatory foods include:
Often, the foods we eat can be a source of chronic stress for the body. Removing these foods from our diets can lead to less chronic inflammation, improving our overall health and even decreased skin, joint, and digestive symptoms.
Not all people are sensitive to all these foods. If you are curious if a certain food is adversely affecting your system, try removing it for 2 weeks, then re-introduce it without changing anything else in your diet. Monitor how you feel mentally and physically to see how that food affects you.
Good substitutes for inflammatory foods:
Dairy: Try almond or rice milk. Goat cheese also has less lactose than cheese from cow’s milk.
Wheat: Try quinoa, flax, oats, and wild rice
Sugar: Try Stevia, honey, or agave. Stevia can be used in all cooking that contains sugar, just look on the package for substitution ratios.
Coffee: Try Yerba Mate or green tea. Both contain caffeine with the added benefits of antioxidants and flavonoids.
Peanuts: Try other nuts and seeds including: almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
Soy: Try tempeh
Red Meat: Try open range, grass fed beef or wild game, but limit consumption to 1-2 servings per week. Better options include fish, chicken, and turkey from hormone-free, naturally fed sources.
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If you have further questions about anti-inflammatory diets, check out “The Anti-Inflammation Diet” by Jessica Black (available on Amazon.com) or schedule an appointment with Dr. Friess at the Golgi Clinic. The Golgi Clinic is located at 113 W. Front Street, Suite 201, Missoula, MT or call 406-541-8886.