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Dietary Inflammation

4.11.17 in General

Healthy Mouth Sounds- Dietary Inflammation

 

Inflammation! It’s the buzz word of this decade. And well, it should be. We have talked in previous blogs about “why all this fuss about inflammation?” As health care connects the dots, we are realizing the important connections between being well versus chronic diseases, and the presence of chronic inflammation. But where does this inflammation come from?

 

We now know that people can get inflammation in their mouths, and that we see the same cell types in the inflammation of their joints, and heart. We have come to conclude that as it pertains to human tissues, inflammation is inflammation is inflammation!

 

The obvious sources of the inflammatory process that we often think of are things like the bodies natural reaction to invaders, like bacteria, viruses, or foreign bodies. Certainly as defense mechanisms, we mount a response to those invaders, and we call that inflammation. While protective, inflammation leaves a path of destruction in our tissues.

So allow me to pose the question of another potential source for inflammation.

 

Can what we eat, result in inflammatory processes in our tissues? Let’s talk about that.

 

In the late 1980’s a British neuroscientist that some inflammatory chemicals produced by the body were responsible for generating pain signals. Dr. David Seaman recognized that most of the inflammatory chemicals described could be increased or decreased by dietary choices. At that time no studies existed that assessed how diet influences inflammation. 30 years later, the relationship between diet and inflammation has become a documented fact.

 

Dr. Seaman describes pro-inflammatory diets and anti-inflammatory diets.

Pro-inflammatory diets include refined sugars, refined grains, and refined oils. The average American diet provides pro-inflammatory calories as 60% of the diet. We can now trace the pathways that biochemically lead to inflammation and start with dietary “insult.”

 

“Hear the Good News!” Just as we can increase inflammation and its effects in our bodies by consuming pro-inflammatory foods, we can decrease inflammation by not only avoiding those foods, but by consuming anti-inflammatory foods. Please don’t fall into the trap of requiring a rigid menu to achieve health, but rather be flexible and think of an anti-inflammatory diet as a choice in lifestyle. That being said, allow me to “list” some good anti-inflammatory foods:

Grass-fed meat and wild game, Meats, wild caught fish, shellfish.

Chicken, Omega-3 eggs, cheese, vegetables, salads(leafy greens), fruit, tubers/roots,  nuts, omega-3 seeds (hemp, chia, flax), dark chocolate, spices, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, cream, avocado, bacon, red wine, stout beer, coffee and tea.

 

Happy shopping and eating! Stay tuned in and keep smiling. Dr. W.


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