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“The Anti-inflammatory diet daily recipes” by Amina Subramani & Tracy Cooper

★ What is inflammation? ★

Inflammation is a condition that can chronically affect each of us, and which is associated with premature aging and numerous other disorders. To counteract it, it can be useful to resort to the anti-inflammatory diet, a real ally of health!

Inflammation consists of a set of processes by which the body reacts to the action of harmful agents, such as bacteria or viruses, or to the external or internal damage it may encounter.

Normally, the inflammation resolves after a few days, following the restoration of damaged tissues and the body’s predisposition to complete healing. However, it may happen that the inflammation becomes chronic, condemning those who suffer from it to continuous fluctuations in intensity and duration. There are moments in which the pain is bearable or almost imperceptible to moments in which it becomes difficult even to perform the most common movements.

Imagine the discomfort of those who have to live forever with gastritis or arthritis, common manifestations of chronic inflammation, as are Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in the intestine. In these cases, in addition to the doctor’s advice, who will prescribe the right therapy for each of these disorders, nutrition can also play a fundamental role.

★ Why try Anti-Inflammatory Diet? ★

There are foods that have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which it would be useful to include in your diet, and foods that should be avoided. Even the number of calories we introduce each day can become an aggravating factor of inflammation, especially when energy consumption does not justify its introduction. Eating more than we need is never a good idea.  The basic principle of an anti-inflammatory diet: calorie reduction.

The anti-inflammatory diet begins with a reduction in the calories we consume with food. Calorie restriction favors the reduction of inflammation because it decreases the biosynthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are molecules produced by our body, very important for the development and proper functioning of the immune system. However, if they are produced in excess, it is possible for our body to develop inflammatory or autoimmune diseases.

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