What is inflammation?

May 16, 2011

We all know the term inflammation, but what is it and more importantly, what does it do to our body?There are 2 types of inflammation: The first type is acute, in response to an invader, a twisted ankle, a cut finger. Acute inflammation is a response from the organism to speed up the healing process.This is the "good" inflammation with which we heal from infections and wounds.The second type is chronic inflammation. This is no longer helpful or useful and has turned into a disease.Dr Andrew Weil even states that chronic inflammation is at the root of all degenerative diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, allergies and many more.So, where does chronic inflammation come from?  Chronic inflammation starts at the end of our fork!Our way of eating, otherwise known as SAD, for Standard American Diet, is certainly to blame. It is lacking in vital nutrients that protect against out of control inflammation.

If you are looking for ways to avoid chronic inflammation, start by adding healthy fats to your diet. Yes, fat is definitely not a dirty word and our bodies need this vital nutrient on a daily basis. Buy a pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled fish oil (where the mercury has been removed) to get your daily dose of healthy Omega 3 fats. This type of Omega 3 is a little more expensive, but who wants to add mercury to their diet?

Replace your steak with fish once or twice a week. Get wild salmon or cod. It is delicious!

Get more antioxidants: eat more fruits and vegetables. Chose one from each color group: red, blue, yellow, green, orange...Add cooked beans or lentils to your soups and salads. Beans are rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium and soluble fiber.  They are low-glycemic.

(Anti-inflammatory food pyramid courtesy of www.drweil.com)

                                     

Eat whole grains, like brown rice, quinoa, millet, wild rice or barley. Reduce simple carbohydrates like white flour and white rice. All their nutrients have been removed.

Eating this way will go a long way towards preventing chronic inflammation.

Would you like to learn more? Come to one of our workshops, where we discuss new topics every month. Go to www.satyawellness.com to see the list of workshops through the end of June 2011.

Bon appetit!

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