Anti-inflammatory Diet For A Healthy Lifestyle (H1)
The anti-inflammatory diet consists of natural, unprocessed foods. The purpose of eating anti-inflammatory foods, eliminating unnatural foods, is precisely to calm inflammation in the body in order to take advantage of the development of chronic diseases and to have a healthier lifestyle.
Characteristics of an anti-inflammatory diet (H2)
Must be rich in antioxidants and vegetables
Increased pollution, exposure to sunlight, consumption of tobacco, alcohol or industrialised foods, stress, intense exercise or a sedentary lifestyle and those produced by the body’s own energy and respiratory metabolism are some of the factors that increase the proliferation of free radicals.
The increase in free radicals is one of the determining factors in the development of current pathologies.
What can we do?
- Reduce or avoid lifestyles that favour their production.
- Increase the consumption of antioxidants
Although there are many antioxidants, some examples: coenzyme Q10, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene, curcumin, vitamin C and E, and a long etc… that we can obtain from food or in the form of supplements.
Optimal balance between omega 3 and omega 6
Today’s diets have a higher ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 and this is because we find Omega 6 in industrial seed oils, processed foods, poor quality meats, dairy products etc… practically everywhere in the supermarket.
On the other hand, sources of Omega 3 tend to be more expensive because we have to choose oily fish and good quality meats, preferably pasture-raised and organic, organic eggs, etc….
The body uses the same enzymes to transform Omega 6 and Omega 3 acids, so if there is a large amount of one type of fatty acid there will not be enough enzymes.
How to start an anti-inflammatory diet (H2)
In a simple way you can start implementing the following tips:
Fill your plates with colourful vegetables and greens.
- Learn to manage stress and make sport your best friend.
- Add foods containing Omega 3 to your daily routine.
- Balance your meals with protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.
- Choose gluten-free cereals and pseudocereals.
- Opt for quality goat’s milk, sheep’s milk or even plant-based dairy products.
If you need help with anti-inflammatory nutrition, contact a nutrition professional, it is best to make personalised habit change plans.