Health & Wellness

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Q&A

Before starting any diet it’s always nice to have a little bit of information about it, from the approach to the diet to the types of foods that are allowed. Here are some basic Q&As for the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

Who created the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Dr. Andrew Weil

What is the approach to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Dr. Weil believes that some foods trigger or fight systemic inflammation. Inflammation can result in Alzheimer’s, cancer, or heart disease. Through foods rich in fiber and foods that contain healthy fats and with limited animal protein (other than oily fish) this diet boosts mental and physical health and helps reduce the risk of age-related diseases.

What is the goal of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Ultimate mental and physical health, as well as the prevention of disease.

What are the basics of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Based on the Mediterranean diet plus some, this diet focuses on fresh foods and omega-3 fatty acids.

What are some tips that make the Anti-Inflammatory Diet a success? Reduce saturated fat. Use extra-virgin olive oil as main cooking oil. Choose salmon, sardines packed in olive oil or water. Include a variety of produce in your diet such as berries, dark leafy greens, orange and yellow fruits, and tomatoes. When possible, choose organic. Drink purified water. Choose tea instead of coffee.

What are the benefits of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Reduced LDL cholesterol and reduced risk for heart disease. Reduced CRP levels. (CRP is a protein in the blood that signals inflammation.)

With any diet, it is recommended that you see your doctor before starting a diet program so you both can discuss your current health and health goals.