“Inflammation is an immune system response to environmental irritants, toxins, and infection. When the immune system is activated by one of these intruders, pro-inflammatory hormones signal the white blood cells to rush in and clean up the infected or damaged tissue. Once the invaders have been subdued, anti-inflammatory agents move in to begin the healing process.
In a normal immune system, a natural balance exists between inflammation and the anti-inflammatory agents. But in some cases, the immune system gets stuck in high gear, and symptoms of inflammation do not recede. This is known as chronic inflammation.”
Exert taken from Integrative Phsyciatry.net
Inflammation can aggravate conditions such as arthritis, gout and pain in general. However, chronic brain inflammation can worsen the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Aspergers, dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
Having an unhealthy diet and gut can cause inflammation of our brains and our bodies – after all we are what we eat.
Foods That Reduce Inflammation
Pomegranates or juice
Cashews (cashew butters and cheeses)
Nuts (mentioned previously)
Soy (soy milk, tofu, soy ‘cheese’ spreads)
Grape seed oil
B12 & Vitamin D are essential for healthy brain function:
Foods To Avoid
Fatty red meat
Processed foods and flours (ready meals, white bread, wheat pasta, white rice)
Alcohol in excess
Highly acidic foods can trigger inflammation in some people such as citrus fruit, strawberries, grapefruit, tomatoes.
Reference: Intergrative Psychiatry .net. Shereen Lehman, MS, Nutrition Expert. Dakota Karratti for Live Strong .com. Nearologist Dr Majid Fotuhi. Douglas Cowan Psy.D for oneADDplace .com