How Diet Can Help with Inflammation

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Inflammation is an important aspect in many chronic diseases, including cancer, dementia, diabetes, and many others. Inflammation is a normal and even healthy thing under the right conditions, such as when a person cuts their finger. In that case, it means that the body is sending germ fighting inflammatory substances that prevent infection to the site of the injury.

Senior Care Lexington OH - How Diet Can Help with Inflammation

Senior Care Lexington OH – How Diet Can Help with Inflammation

However, when inflammation sticks around for a long time, making it chronic, it can trigger illness because the immune system attacks healthy tissues. Doctors don’t know exactly what makes a person suffer from chronic inflammation, but they have identified factors that contribute to inflammation. One of those factors is the way a person eats.

Foods that Fight Inflammation

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet means choosing foods that reduce the body’s inflammatory response. One kind of diet known to reduce inflammation is the Mediterranean Diet, which includes fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Some specific kinds of foods that are part of the Mediterranean Diet and fight inflammation are:

Fruits and Vegetables: The vitamins and minerals in all fruits and vegetables provide the body with the nutrients they need to combat inflammation. They contain antioxidants that fight molecules that damage cells. The fiber also helps the digestive process to produce anti-inflammatory substances. And, fruits and vegetables are low in calories, so they help with maintaining a healthy weight. Seniors hoping to fight inflammation should eat a minimum of 5 half-cup servings daily, though experts say that eating twice that amount is even better.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: People in Greece have used olive oil for medicinal purposes for centuries. It contains more than 200 healthy compounds. Research shows that eating 4 tablespoons of olive oil per day helps with both inflammation and heart disease.

Fish: Eating at least two servings of fish every week supplies the body with omega-3s that are considered essential to preventing certain kinds of disease.

In addition to eating healthy foods, limiting refined grains like white flour, sugar, and fried foods can also help to reduce inflammation.

Senior care providers can assist your older family member in following an anti-inflammatory diet. Senior care providers can help them to plan meals that are both healthy and delicious. Senior care providers can also drive the older adult to the grocery store and assist them with shopping for ingredients. And, senior care providers can cook for your aging relative or help them to cook for themselves.

Sources:  https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2019/diets-for-lowering-inflammation.html?intcmp=AE-HP-TTN-R2-POS3-REALPOSS-TODAY
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320233.php
https://www.webmd.com/diet/anti-inflammatory-diet-road-to-good-health#1

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.