I often get asked whether I follow an anti-inflammatory diet. The simple answer is yes, of course, but it’s a question that gets me thinking. If I didn’t follow an anti-inflammatory diet, would I therefore follow a pro-inflammatory diet? As it turns out, I probably would. The Standard Western Diet has a tendency to err on the side of pro-inflammatory, something which many people aren’t aware of. To me, an anti-inflammatory diet means eating less/little inflammatory foods and plenty of anti-inflammatory foods. Doing so can have fantastic effect on your overall health, the way you feel and the way you look.
I’ve talked about inflammation before. There’s the necessary kind; the inflammation that our bodies require to prevent illness, heal and repair. Then there’s the kind that’s a burden on our bodies; chronic inflammation, which can be caused by a whole host of things including stress, poor dietary choices, poor lifestyle choices and environmental factors.
Due to my history with chronic skin inflammation (eczema), I make it my business to incorporate plenty of anti-inflammatory foods into my diet every day. If you too want to eat more foods to help keep unwanted inflammation at bay, be it for a skin condition like mine, or other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and IBS, then make it your mission to become friendly with the below foods (recipe links included)…
- Turmeric – the almighty anti-inflammatory King
- Ginger, garlic and onions
- Vegetables, particularly broccoli, spinach, kale, sweet potato and beetroot
- Nuts such as almonds and walnuts
- Seeds such as hemp, chia and flax
- Fish high in Omega-3, such as salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, hake, and sardines. Wild caught (where possible) is best
- Seaweeds such as nori, kelp and kombu
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut oil
- Berries – make a b-line for blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries
- Green tea
- Papaya and pineapple
- Bone broth (stock)
If you want to know which foods are best avoided when it comes to inflammation, keep an eye out for next week’s blog post.