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Anti-Inflammatory diet

  • Reduces inflammation while providing steady energy and plenty of vitmains, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, and protective phytonutrients
  • It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on scientific knowledge of how food can help your body maintain optimum health
  • The anti-inflammatory diet is not intended for weight loss, though people do lose weight on it

General Diet Tips

  • Aim for variety.
  • Include as much fresh food as possible.
  • Minimize your consumption of processed foods and fast food.
  • Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables.

Water

  • At least 64 oz per day
  • Four 16 oz bottles of water, Eight 8 oz glasses
  • Drink pure water, or drinks that are mostly water (tea, very diluted fruit juice, sparkling water with lemon) throughout the day.
  • Use bottled water or get a home water purifier if your tap water tastes of chlorine or other contaminants, or if you live in an area where the water is known or suspected to be contaminated.

Body fat causes inflammation

  • The fatty tissues of the body secrete hormones that regulate the immune system and inflammation
  • In overweight individuals this can become out of control.
  • Three of the hormones that play a role in metabolism are leptin, resistin and adiponectin.
  • Leptin is involved in appetite control.
  • Resistin is a hormone that increases insulin resistance.
  • Adiponectin lowers the blood sugar by making your body more insulin sensitive.
  • The fact that it is the fatty tissue that produces these hormones makes the fat self regulating
  • The hormones should act to bring the increased fat under control.
  • Bodies with more fat will produce more leptin bringing the appetite under control.
  • However in cases where the body is inflamed there is often a problem with leptin resistance, and the self regulation of fat does not occur.
  • Leptin resistance is where to body stops responding to the appetite controlling effects of the hormone.
  • In addition to these metabolism regulating hormones fatty tissue also produces chemicals that cause inflammation and this can make the problem of leptin resistance worse.
  • This is why obesity can cause an increase of these inflammatory chemicals which in turn inhibit the correct balancing function of the weight controlling hormones.
  • This results in a vicious circle of weight gain causing inflammation which inhibits hormone function thereby causing further weight gain.
  • Losing just 10% of your weight can greatly improve this inflammatory reaction.

Weil, Andrew. "Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Dr. Weil."
DrWeil.com - Official Website of Andrew Weil, M.D. Dr.
Andrew Weil, 2011. Web. 1 Oct. 2011.
<http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/antiinflammatory-diet>.
• The American Dietetic Association

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