ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET To Heal IBS, Celiac, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, UC, Eczema, Psoriasis And Other Autoimmune Diseases
An anti-inflammatory diet can help with reducing joint pain and arthritis, healing the gut (key if you have celiac, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's or IBS), getting rid of eczema and psoriasis, and keeping other autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis in check.
It's also beneficial if you suffer from anxiety or depression. I became well versed in wholesome, anti-inflammatory foods several years ago when I embraced a whole foods diet. After being diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases in two years I realised my body was fighting massive immune system inflammation and I needed to provide reinforcements. Those reinforcements came in the form of groceries.
Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. By following an anti-inflammatory diet you can fight off inflammation for good.
What does an anti-inflammatory diet do? Your immune system becomes activated when your body recognises anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health.
However, sometimes inflammation persists, day in and day out, even when you are not threatened by a foreign invader. That's when inflammation can become your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer's—have been linked to chronic inflammation.
To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. If you're looking for an eating plan that closely follows the tenets of anti-inflammatory eating, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils.
In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural, less processed diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health.
1. FOODS TO EAT:
An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:
all kinds of vegetables, especially green and red colored ones; broccoli, kale, peas, cucumber, peppers, etc.
olive oil and linseed oil (do NOT heat it up; enjoy cold-pressed and organic)
green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards, lettuce
nuts like almonds and walnuts (skip cashew and peanut)
FRESH fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges and plums (watch out for strawberries - they can be quite allergenic to some people)
- organic honey as a sweetener
2. FOODS TO SKIP:
Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:
refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries, white rice, sushi rice, croissants, pizza, pasta
French fries and other fried foods like fried chicken or fried calamari
soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices
red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage), salami
margarine, shortening, and lard (vegan substitutes as well)
alcohol (all kinds of alcohol)
- all cow milk dairy products (cow milk, fermented cheeses, edame, gouda, parmesan etc. - some can tolerate fresh goat milk curd and raw butter, but it is best to skip dairy entirely for some time, until your gut heals to a point when it can tolerate goat dairy again)
- vegan dairy and meat substitutes (these can contain a lot of bad stuff, that your body does not need, especially when it is healing)
Remember, it's a journey. You can do it. :) Happy healing! <3