Since the beginning of media, advertising and other forms of mass communication, diets have been a prominent part of most of our lives. Our objective has been to lose weight and stay thin. Scientists have spent money and time into research figuring out what food groups we’ve needed to eat in order to achieve skinny results. Even though we’ve been the test rabbits of societies dieting craze for the past few decades, we’ve come to realise that we’re all still fat.
See ya later, ‘fad diets!’
Unfortunately, in this day and age, fad diets still exist and still prove zero long term results, although there is a silver lining. We’ve noticed a shift amongst the younger generation who are finally taking the initiative to start figuring it out. They’ve reshaped our objective to no longer be skinny, but to be healthy!
So what diet is next?
It has taken a while for our minds to pivot and change our thought process. We once thought that it was cool to starve ourselves in order to achieve results. Now we’ve realised the key to a happy life with body confident results is to actually fuel our bodies with the right energy that it needs to sustain everyday activities and of course, stay fit and healthy!
Most recently, and probably the hottest topic within the health industry is the ‘anti-inflammatory diet’. Unfortunately, in this case, the word ‘diet’ does not reflect the impact that this new movement is going to create on human beings suffering from inflammation in the body.
What is the anti-inflammatory diet?
The anti-inflammatory diet, or in other words ‘movement’ is quite simple. It’s a diet that consists of certain food groups that DO NOT create inflammation in the body, or digestive tract. Rather, in fact, they do the quite opposite in reducing inflammation instead. The diet eliminates sugar and encourages plenty of whole, nutrient-rich foods. It focusses on increased levels of antioxidants, which are reactive molecules in foods and they reduce radicals. Radicals are the little pricks that cause disease.
Many popular diets such as the paleo diet or most recently, Mediterranean diet follow the anti-inflammatory principals which contain wild caught fish, meats, vegetables, whole grains, and fats that are good for the heart. Research has demonstrated that this diet has a huge impact on inflammation, specifically the gut and cardiovascular health.
So what does this mean for people with digestive disorders?
First of all, start to familiarise yourself what an anti-inflammatory diet is. There are many different variations out there, so be careful with what you choose as some of them don’t consider humans with autoimmune diseases. Most credible sources suggest the following ‘anti-inflammatory diet’ for those with digestive disorders:
- High processed fats and sugar
What about our autoimmune buddies?
For individuals with an autoimmune disease, it can get a little more complicated than the list we’ve provided above. The list starts to become ridiculously sensitive and is 100% tailored to the individual.
At the end of the day, we’re all gifted with different gene pools, some of which indicate intolerances, deficiencies and other little quirks that can impact what we can eat. Autoimmune friends, however, could be expected to eliminate the following:
- Nightshade vegetables (peppers, eggplant, tomato etc.)
- Onion + Garlic (for those with UC and Crohns)
- Raw foods
- Seafood (can carry lots of mercury, which aggravates auto-immune diseases)
- Nuts (this will vary depending on gene pool, and disease)
There’s a quote that states, ‘most inflammation is the cause root of disease’, which is quite fascinating to consider! Because if we focus on more of an anti-inflammatory diet, then how many diseases could we potentially prevent for future generations?
So if you have any type of inflammation, exterior or interior then please consider the diet. It has worked wonders to those fighting bodily annoyances.