The Healing Diet

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The healing diet is developed by Dr. Shumayou Dutta as a set of diet principles that are simple enough for average person to understand and implement. After spending several years focussed to health and fitness, Dr Shumayou Dutta believes that a healthy diet should not be complicated and confusing. Something as natural as eating, does not need expert nutritionists’ guidance but rather just a combination of common sense and will power! Remember you are what you eat! What you eat will determine your internal environment, your hormone levels, your ability to heal and fight of diseases (both infectious and non-infectious) your internal youth and also how fast you recovery from surgery. The healing diet at its core will fight inflammation and all the sequelae of it such as chronic pain. The best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator.

What does an anti-inflammatory diet do? Your immune system becomes activated when your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health. However, sometimes inflammation persists, day in and day out, even when you are not threatened by a foreign invader. That's when inflammation can become your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and CHRONIC PAIN—have been linked to chronic inflammation.

"Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Choose the right anti-inflammatory foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.

Foods that cause inflammation

Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

Refined carbohydrates or simple carbohydrates include sugars and refined grains that have been stripped of all bran, fibre, and nutrients. These include white bread, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, white flour, white rice, sweet desserts, and many breakfast cereals. They digest quickly and their high glycemic index causes unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels. Other examples of refined carbohydrates are chips and other fried foods, cold drinks, soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (salami, sausage), jam and jelly.

In simple words, its anything that is package with preservatives.

The health risks of inflammatory foods

Some of the foods that have been associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are also associated with excess inflammation. Unhealthy foods also contribute to weight gain, which is itself a risk factor for inflammation. Yet in several studies, even after researchers took obesity into account, the link between foods and inflammation remained, which suggests weight gain isn't the sole driver.

Anti-inflammatory foods

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

Tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty fish like illish, bhetki, mackerel, tuna etc etc. Fruits such as strawberries, oranges, mousambi, grapes, etc etc. These are also fresh foods available at the local markets.

In simple words these are fresh and naturally occurring foods.

Benefits of anti-inflammatory foods

These foods reduce inflammation, and with it, chronic disease and CHRONIC PAIN. These foods are also high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols which are naturally occurring protective compounds found in plants. Studies have also associated nuts with reduced markers of inflammation and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Coffee, which contains polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory compounds, may protect against inflammation, as well.

To summarise a good anti-inflammatory diet, Dr Shumayou Dutta provides a simple way of recognising which foods are healthy and which are not. If man made it (bread , sweets , etc etc ) leave it , if God made it (fruits, vegetables , nuts) eat it!