Dr Andrew Weil, Integrative Health Pioneer, has been recommending anti-inflammatory foods as the healthiest way to eat.
This diet helps prevent or improve: diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases.
It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses – including heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. ~ Dr. Andrew Weil
This is not really a diet but more a way to eat for optimal health.
These foods are the basic guidelines recommended by Dr Andrew Weil for a diet that is generally best for our bodies.
One key to get right away is this:
Drastically reduce your consumption of refined, processed, and manufactured food. Replace with real, whole, natural foods.
Low glycemic foods are excellent because they help keep your blood-sugar levels balanced. Beans, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, and whole grains are great!
Add healthy oils like olive oil and Omega-3 rich fish. See the Vital Choice Alaskan Seafood site for an awesome selection of healthy, organic seafood. 3-5 servings of Alaskan Wild Salmon is recommended.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! How often have we heard that in our lives? ALOT. These are whole, natural foods. You cannot eat too many of these.
Spices can be a good part of the anti-inflammatory foods in your diet. Ginger and Turmeric are two good spices. A teaspoon is all you need per day, sprinkled on food.
Supplemental fish oil supplements are good because Omega-3 deficiency is widespread according to Dr Weil (eat 2-4 grams per day).
Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle:
- Learn the principles of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet
- Get regular physical activity
- Get good rest and sleep
- Learn some method of stress-reduction like breathing techniques or meditation.
Best Anti-Inflammatory foods:
- Legumes (beans)
- Fish and Seafood (Wild Alaskan Salmon, Alaskan black cod, sardines) 2-6 servings a week.
- Healthy Fats like virgin olive oil, nuts, walnuts, avocados, seeds, including hemp seeds and freshly ground flaxseeds (5-7 servings a day)
- Whole and Cracked Grains
- Whole Soy Foods
- Healthy Herbs and Spices