Current medical thinking is suggesting that chronic inflammation (inflammation that does not “switch off” the way that healthy inflammation does after it deals with an acute problem) may be linked to diseases such as cancer, type II diabetes, alzheimers, heart disease, arthritis…
1) The IBD-AID (Irritable bowel disease-Anti-inflammatory Diet)
This is ONE example of an anti-inflammatory diet. It was studied for some positive results in inflammatory bowel disease (January 2014 article in the Nutrition Journal):
Whereas the prior treatment of IBD recommended more fluids, and restrictions on fiber, fat and dairy, the IBD-AID adds a new focus on intestinal microflora, as well as a new focus on food preparation to make foods more digestible and less irritating to the GI tract : ie. pureeing and/or cooking to a greater or lesser degree depending on the severity of Gi symptoms. The study diet also recommended focus on individual nutritional deficiencies and food intolerances.
The study diet available at Table 2 of the study Nutrition Journal | Full text | An anti-inflammatory diet as treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a case series report. Note that pre- and pro-biotic foods allowed included fermented dairy, and other fermented foods, soluble fiber, leeks, onions.
If you chose to follow a high restrictive diet (ie. acute issues might be a reason), at first, you may not be able to simultaneously rotate foods to address multiple food sensitivities : So consider all unstruck-out foods on the entire chart, at every meal, temporarily. Then as soon as able, return to a wider diet that permits food rotation.
2) Other approaches to anti-inflammatory diet
There are currently many voices on the topic of anti-inflammatory diet. Dr. Andrew Weil proposes a new food pyramid. WebMD provides: “An exact description of the anti-inflammatory diet varies, depending on whom you ask. The anti-inflammatory diet is “probably very close to the Mediterranean diet,” says Christopher Cannon, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.” Dr. Joey Shulman highlights the importance of omega-3 essential fatty acids as delivered in the form of DHA and EPA in fish oils, as well as plant phytochemicals, both having anti- inflammatory effects. He recommends working toward 10 servings of produce daily, and drinking 6-8 glasses of water as dehydration can worsen inflammation.
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