The Benefits Of An Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Experts Discuss Potential Disease-Fighting Benefits Of Diets That Try To Reduce Inflammation
(WebMD) Unlike the typical diet, it doesn’t have a catchy name. Nor does it promise you’ll drop a size by Saturday. It’s not even really a diet, per se, but actually an eating plan for life.
It’s the so-called anti-inflammatory diet – or rather, anti-inflammatory diets.
A half-dozen or more diet books are based on the anti-inflammatory idea – and numerous Web sites promote “anti-inflammatory” eating. Each has its own spin.
Barry Sears, MD, of The Zone diet fame and Andrew Weil, MD, the Harvard-trained natural and preventive medicine physician, say the anti-inflammatory diet is ideal for overall good health. Proponents of the diet say it can reduce heart disease risk, keep existing cardiac problems in check, reduce blood triglycerides and blood pressure, and soothe tender and stiff arthritic joints.
This is really important stuff. The impact to your health and performance of your diet is much more profound than most people think. Food is as much a drug as anything else out there because of the hormonal response it elicits. These hormones can work in your favor if you eat well, or be your downfall if you eat poorly. It’s not just about being thin or fat.