When it comes to a healthy diet, different things work for different people depending on their health needs and what makes their bodies feel and work best.
The reasons to maintain a healthy diet are innumerable, and there are so many benefits to the body that come from simply being aware and conscious about what you use as fuel. For many seniors who are dealing with conditions such as chronic pain from problems like arthritis, an Anti-Inflammatory diet can make a huge difference in how they feel and how they connect to their bodies.
An Anti-Inflammatory diet is a way of eating that is centred on foods that reduce inflammatory responses within the body and involves the restriction of foods that increase inflammation in the body. The idea, in essence, is to eat things that help to keep things balanced and to avoid things that will cause flare-ups of inflammation in problem areas.
To Eat or Not to Eat
When it comes to Anti-Inflammatory diet, there are general lists of foods that are suitable, and ones that are not.
The following are foods that are important to avoid when seeking to reduce inflammation:
- Refined Sugar
- Red Meat
- Greasy, Fatty Foods
- Corn Oil
- Highly Processed Foods
- Refined Starches
While not foods items, living a lifestyle that includes an Anti-Inflammatory diet also encourages the avoidance of tobacco and alcohol.
On top of their involvement in inflammatory responses, the foods listen above can also create discomfort in other areas of the body, causing things like stomach pain, sleepiness, foggy mindedness, and other problems when they are consumed in too great of an amount. For these reasons, even seniors who aren’t explicitly on an Anti-Inflammatory diet should give some thought to monitoring and reducing their consumption of these foods for overall health.
When it comes to the foods that actively help to reduce inflammation and are encouraged on an Anti-Inflammatory diet, the list is as follows:
- Soy (ie. Tofu, Soy Milk, etc.)
- Garlic and Onions
- Leafy Greens (ie. Kale, Broccoli, etc.)
- Whole Grains (ie. Quinoa, Brown Rice, etc.)
Having a healthy diet isn’t just about thinking of some foods as ‘good’ and others as ‘bad’, moderation is always healthy. Being on an Anti-Inflammatory diet doesn’t mean never eating some of those sugary, fatty foods that so many of us enjoy, it just means limiting those things a little more and, most importantly, being aware of how they impact the body. Finding balance between what makes the body feel its best and what makes the soul feel good is all a part of the process, and you should always be able to keep in a few of those things that bring joy.
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