What does eating an anti-inflammatory diet really look like? Is it all vegetables and plant-based nutrients?
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. It shows up as redness, swelling, increased mucus production. It is a necessary immune response, although excessive inflammation retards the healing process and causes all sorts of discomfort.
Preventing the inflammatory process can have immediate impact on improved heart health, cancer prevention and recovery, and Alzheimer's prevention. It also helps speed up recovery from sprains, strains, fractures, bruises, contusions, surgery and arthritis.
Foods to include in your weekly meal planning that are anti-inflammatory:
CHOOSE FOODS THAT ARE NATURAL, ALIVE AND OF GOOD QUALITY:
Eat organic whenever possible and choose foods (especially animal meats) that are free from antibiotics or other unnatural substances such as hormones. When buying fish, ask whether the product comes from a clean water source.
EAT AS MANY RAW FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AS POSSIBLE:
Choose ones that especially have deep, rich colours. These foods are high in fiber (which helps flush toxins out of the body)
They're also high in antioxidants (which help to neutralize cancer-promoting free radicals and boost the immune system). Eating them raw ensures that they’re still chock full of their natural enzymes which helps you to both digest and absorb the many nutrients these foods contain.
EAT FOODS HIGH IN GLUTATHIONE:
Examples include asparagus, avocados, broccoli, brussell sprouts, cabbage, and walnuts. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that effectively neutralizes free radicals created by the body’s own metabolic processes.
EAT FOODS HIGH IN VITAMIN E:
These include wheat germ (for non-celiac), nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetable. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.
EAT FERMENTED SOY PRODUCTS:
It's important to choose soy that is fermented such as miso and tempeh as they appear to have anti-cancer properties. Consume these products 3-4 times weekly.
EAT PLENTY OF GARLIC AND ONIONS:
These enhance the immune system and have a cancer-fighting component called allyl sulfide.
EAT PLENTY OF LEAN PROTEIN:
Choose from beans, eggs, tofu, poultry, and fish. While protein is important for everyone, those battling cancer need more in order to keep up their energy and strength as well as to prevent the muscle wasting that often occurs as a result of conventional therapies.
INCREASE YOUR FIBER WITH GROUND FLAXSEEDS
These contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients called lignans.
And last but not least,
DRINK PLENTY OF CLEAN WATER TO HELP PROMOTE DETOXIFICATION:
Drink spring or filtered water and avoid tap water as the increased level of contaminants in public water have been linked to an increased rate of leukemia, as well as bladder, lung, and breast cancers.
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To your continued health!