Chronic inflammation, a prolonged state of inflammation, is associated with all the '-itis' diseases, such as colitis, arthritis and gastritis, but it has also been linked to many seemingly unrelated conditions/disorders such as heart disease, cancer, depression, diabetes, hormonal problems, psoriasis, ADHD, alzheimer's, IBS, GERD, allergies, asthma, just to name a few. Although the causes of chronic inflammation are many and may result from a combination of nutritional imbalances, toxins and chronic stress, it has become very clear that what we eat, how we feel and how we think, either contribute to inflammation or calm it down.
We can help prevent and regulate inflammation by consistently focusing on anti-inflammatory foods (while trying to refrain from inflammatory ones), sufficient hydration, relative amount of sleep, daily exercise, relaxation, feelings of gratitude and positive/calming thoughts.
- All fruits & vegetables due to their amounts of phytonutrients, but especially lemons, avocados, berries, pineapple, papaya, cantaloupe, sweet potatos and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts)
- Turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon
- Wild alaskan salmon, extra virgin olive oil
- Green tea
- Flax seeds, walnuts
- Refined sugar (Opt for raw honey)
- Food additives (Aspartame, MSG, etc)
- Red meat (Opt for Organic, Grass fed)
- Processed meat with nitrates/nitrites
- Hydrogenated oils found in fried/fast foods
- Dairy foods (Kefir & yogurt are acceptable)
- Refined grains (Opt for ancient grains)
- Excess alcohol
In terms of supplementation, probiotics to increase beneficial gut flora may be considered, as well as a good quality multi-vitamin, omega 3 and vitamin D.