I spoke to Dr.James Hébert & Dr. Nitin Shivappa to understand how Diet can prevent many inflammatory diseases like Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases. Reducing inflammation can reduce the risk of these diseases and diet plays an important role in controlling the inflammation. Diabetes, Cancer & Cardiovascular diseases have caused many deaths and these conditions affect majority of the population throughout the world and 50% of the US population is affected by these diseases.
How is Food Related to Inflammation?
There are foods that increases inflammation like Meat, Full fat dairy products- called as Pro- Inflammatory Foods, and there are foods that decreases inflammation called Anti Inflammatory Foods like fruits & vegetables, whole grain chapatis, Indian spices like Garam Masala, Cardamom, Turmeric and also Ginger, Garlic & Onions. Fruits and vegetables are so colorful & flavorful, rich in micronutrients-improving the body functionality.Eat them More!!
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the process by which the white blood cells in our body protect us from infection from bacteria and viruses. They initiate the process of tissue repair.
Inflammation is basically a response by the body to an injury.
Developing Right Eating Habits
Diet is the most determinant factor in inflammation and now a days it is very common to use a 20 year old suffering from diabetes or a person at 30-40 year old has difficulty in walking. Food is the fuel for us. We must eat right foods that helps in improving the functioning our body. We should love our body and focus on its development but in real sense, we are deteriorating our body. It is so sad.
Dr. James Hébert developed a tool to measure our diet, called Dietary Inflammatory Index Score (DII Score). DII Score measures our intake for pro inflammatory & anti inflammatory diet intake. A low DII Score means a healthy diet and a high DII Score means the risk of occurence of inflammatory disease is increased.
It is important that we must start working on improving our body functionality and stay away from the life endagering diseases like cancer.
Inflammatory diseases are directly proportional to your BMI (Body Mass Index). Check your BMI here.We know how obesity is related to diabetes? We will not need any big hospitals or expensive medicines to cure our disease, just a little modification in our diet- thats all. Our ancestors didn’t suffer from such diseases because they ate food that is right for the body, but we focus on whats right for our taste.
Choosing Right Food
The refined grains are void of the minerals & vitamins present in the husk of the grains-avoid them, adopt having whole grains. Whole grains are rich in vitamins & minerals, nutritionally rich.
The masala Chai is full of flavors and anti inflammatory components which is best for our body. We do observe how a Masala Chai takes away our cold with its magical one cup serve.
Always prefer food that are naturally colorful and flavorful and consume spices, as they contain bioactive components that keeps the DII score negative, which is good.
White colored foods contain no pigments and are usually odorless and are calorifically high. Most of the sweets are white in color- containing no flavor, they are just sweet.
We have a wide range of products with a lot of flavor variants-flavors apart from giving charateristic taste & odor, contains compounds in minimal quantity that are beneficial to body, for example, Strawberry flavors contains flavoinds that will bring our DII Score down. Always pick a low fat strawberry flavored yogurt for extra benefits 🙂
We do observe in our Indian homes, how our mothers & grandmothers can heal our infections, fever, cold, body pains through foods either by consumption or topical applications.
Know your DII Score
An easy way to calculate DII Score is through an app DII Screener app available on IOS & Androidwhich is available to download for free. We can compute our DII Score. Connecting Health Innovation (CHI) designed it to introduce people about their intervention so that people can compute their score on their own. You can also fill out Frequency Questionnaire- where you can give them your diet data and they will compute your DII, which is more accurate than screener based one called DII on Demand . The doctors will also tell how can you reduce your DII Score and what you should eat to reduce the Score…This is a paid subscription, as it is right said Prevention is Better than Cure.Know your DII score, take the Doctors help to keep the diseases away.