Lately, many of you have been reaching out asking about what inflammation is, and therefore what is the anti-inflammatory diet! And as I love this subject, I thought that it could be a great moment to give a brief insight! So let’s discover the Mediterranean Gem.
Well, due to our lifestyle and all the recent events is entirely reasonable to feel inflammation. Inflammation is nothing else than an evolutionary response that draws upon our immune system.
Chronic inflammation comes from prolonged exposure to toxins or other factors that harm our body. Studies have shown that if nothing is done to solve it, chronic inflammation can lead to a weakened immune system, and is the pre-cursor to a host of healthy issues.
While stress can cause inflammation through stimulation of cortisol, diet also has a major impact. Sugar, meat, and highly refined grains are inflammatory as are processed meats and highly refined vegetable oils, such as palm, canola, and sunflower. Eliminating these food types from our diet rapidly reduces inflammation.
Ok, I’m getting a bit nerdy here, but allow me one last heads up: studies have shown that a reduction in the consumption of meat and sugar improves the function of the endothelium, which is the liner of blood vessels that expands and contracts, allowing for the flow of blood through our arteries. This is why a whole-food, plant-based diet is understood to be responsible for increased athletic performance and faster recovery by reducing inflammation.
And did you know that one of the most anti-inflammatory diets is the Mediterranean diet?
Mostly it is because it’s high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and healthy oils.
I will talk more about the Mediterranean diet in future posts, I promise!
In the meanwhile, send me your doubts. I would love to answer them as always! And try some of my favorite Mediterranean recipes as this delicious salad full of nutrients and antioxidants!
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