Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 7 November 2017
Did you know that you can decrease inflammation by changing the food you eat?
Food is not just a source of calories. Think of the food you eat as messages that go directly to your genes.
Research shows that almost every chronic disease, at it’s root, is caused by unregulated inflammation. Think heart disease, cancer, auto-immune diseases and even diabetes. Then of course we have more obvious ones like arthritis, eczema, and asthma.
You have the choice to send anti-inflammatory messages to your tissues depending on the foods you choose to eat.
That’s right, not only does changing your diet make improvements in all of those disease I listed above, but eating the wrong foods can make those diseases worse quicker. It is like pouring gasoline on the fire.
Check out this anti-inflammatory food pyramid to help you understand which foods are helping you and which food are hindering you when it comes to inflammation.
Base of the pyramid – Leans, Greens, Healthy Fats
Level 2 – Other Veggies, Nuts & Seeds
Level 3 – Fruits & Legumes
Top of the Pyramid – Grains & Dairy
I want to keep inflammation as low as possible in my body to prevent chronic disease. If you do, too try eating according to this anti-inflammatory food pyramid for 30 days and then evaluate how you feel.
Now I would love to hear from you! What is one change that you could make today that would send positive messages to your genes to reduce inflammation? Please leave a comment below and share this article with anyone in your life who has a chronic disease. I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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8 Replies to “The anti-inflammatory food pyramid”
Your article on inflammation and the food pyramid is right on point for me. I am currently on a non-gluten, non-dairy, non-sugar and no egg regimen. I never drink coffee or alcohol, so those are given exclusions.
I am wondering if you consider brown rice to be a “bad boy” food. I really need something to fill me up at times and find that brown rice or brown rice crackers satisfy. What is your opinion about these? Do you have other, better alternatives?
Thank you so much!!
Have followed 30 day Hartqig program.
Have reintroduced grains and legumes but am holding off on dairy. Not craving or hungry between meals as long as I am consistent with good fat and protein with veggies.
Brown rice is certainly less allergenic and therefore less inflammatory than other grain choices. To reduce rice from becoming an inflammatory trigger I would consider rotating it with other non-gluten grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and millet. Also if lentils agree with you, they could also be a good choice. Rice crackers are still very processed so I would consider them occasional use versus a staple. I will sometimes make my own crackers using almond flour or sunflower seeds as the base so I have some variety.
That is great to hear Theresa!
I suffer from headaches do you think that following this anti-inflammatory food pyramid for 30 days will help to reduce the headaches?
How about Buffalo yogurt?
It depends on the person Rhonda. For the average person buffalo yogurt is not as inflammatory as other yogurts made out of cow’s milk.