Inflammation, commonly viewed as the body's natural response to injury or infection, has taken center stage in the field of Functional Medicine recently. Beyond the acute, visible signs of inflammation however, experts now recognize the role of chronic inflammation in the development and progression of various diseases.
Understanding inflammation from a Functional Medicine perspective is crucial for adopting a holistic approach to health. In this article, we will examine the intricacies of inflammation, emphasizing the pivotal role of lifestyle choices, particularly diet, and set you on the right path with two delicious Mediterranean-style recipes known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is not merely a symptom but a complex biological response aimed at protecting the body from harmful stimuli. However, when this response becomes chronic, persisting even in the absence of an apparent threat, it can lead to a cascade of health issues including cardiovascular, autoimmune, blood sugar and even neurodegenerative disorders.
One of the key contributors to chronic inflammation is an imbalanced diet. The typical Western diet, rich in processed foods, sugars, and unhealthy fats, has been shown to promote increased levels of inflammation, while what's known typically as a Mediterranean diet is shown to have many anti-inflammatory benefits. This eating style emphasizes whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. It also includes moderate amounts of wild fish, and lean protein while limiting red meat and processed foods.
Including anti-inflammatory foods in your daily meals is a powerful way to support your body's natural healing processes. Two delightful Mediterranean-style recipes that embody these principles are the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and Baked Salmon with Lemon and Herbs.
These recipes are delicious and nourish the body with essential nutrients and anti-inflammatory ingredients. By embracing the Mediterranean diet and incorporating these delicious recipes into your nutrition plan, you can actively contribute to balancing healthy levels of inflammation and promoting overall well-being – not to mention a Mediterranean diet is a savory step into holistic health!
If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration on how to create your own Mediterranean Meal Plan, take a listen to this podcast.