Dr Oz: Inflammation Triggers
What do high cholesterol, diabetes, skin irritation, and aches and pains have in common? Inflammation. This painful problem is often caused by the foods we eat, especially refined sugars, saturated and trans fats.
Dr. Tanya Edwards joined Dr. Oz to list the four main triggers of inflammation. These are inflammation foods that should be avoided at all costs:
- Saturated Fats: Meat, Sausage, High Fat Dairy
- Refined Carbs: Bread, Muffins, Sweets, Pastries
- Trans Fats: Processed Foods and Fast Foods
- Omega 6: Corn Oils
Dr Oz: Anti-Inflammatory Meals
Dr. Edwards and Dr. Oz helped a viewer choose some delicious anti-inflammatory meals. Remember: just because a food is healthy, doesn’t mean it had antioxidants or anti-inflammatory properties. All of the following foods will help reduce inflammation almost immediately.
- Breakfast: Fat-free Greek yogurt with walnuts, berries, cinnamon and black coffee
Coffee is the “number one antioxidant in the American diet,” according to Dr. Edwards. Just be sure to skip the cream and sugar.
- Lunch: Vegetarian chili, salad and green tea
Beans and legumes are great for inflammation, so skip them instead of deli meats for lunch. Deli meats are high in salt and preservatives.
- Dinner: Salmon, green beans and red potatoes
Salmon contains Omega 3 fats, which is extremely healthy for the body. Plus, be sure to swap red potatoes for white potatoes. You can even add a bit of feta cheese, because feta contains 5 grams less saturated fat than cheddar.
Dr. Edwards also said to avoid foods like corn and chicken (fish is better). By adhering to this anti-inflammatory diet, you should notice a difference in about a week. You’ll experience improvement in memory, more energy and fewer aches and pains.