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Food for Reversing the New Uber-Culprit, Inflammation!!

08 Feb

As you probably already heard, the newly excoriated enemy of good health is inflammation – it appears to be implicated in a lot of heart disease and cancers too, not to mention auto-immune disorders.   Here’s an abbreviated, quick-and-dirty list of Andy Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet which has been circulating in a lot of newspapers and magazines – it’s definitely worth repeating: 

  • Eliminate cow's milk and cow's milk products (substitute other calcium sources).
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (make sure that they are organically grown - think berries, cherries, beans & legumes, walnuts & almonds, dark green veggies & whole grains.).
  • Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat.
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Take two to three grams of fish oil a day.

He adds that supplements can also help:

  • Take anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger and turmeric. Take Zyflamend, a combination of ginger, turmeric and other botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Consider taking grape seed extract, a source of antioxidant compounds called OPCS (oligomeric proanthocyanidins).

OK, that’s enough advice for one day.  More could get seriously annoying.  You can learn more from Andy’s golden oldie book, Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health.

Take care & be well,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award