Holistic health trailblazer Dr. Andrew Weil has long supported the belief that chronic inflammation is at the root of many serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
In his new cookbook, True Food, Dr. Weil reveals how specific foods can reduce inflammation in the body, providing your best strategy for protecting against deadly diseases.
Dr. Weil defines “true food” as food that is authentic at its core. His recipes are based on simple ingredients that conform to a healthy nutritional philosophy consistent with the latest scientific evidence regarding foods that heal.
Most people are familiar with inflammation that appears on the body’s surface in the form of redness, heat, swelling and pain. Inflammation is how the body heals itself, bringing more immune activity to a site of injury or infection. However, when inflammation persists or gets out of control, it can damage the body.
While stress, lack of exercise, genetics and toxins can all increase chronic inflammation, the average American diet, overloaded with trans fats and refined sugars, has become a major culprit. That’s because heavily processed foods are difficult for the body to break down, effectively taxing the immune system. Refined carbs raise blood sugar so quickly that the body can become immune to insulin, which also increases inflammation.
Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet promotes internal healing and reduces inflammation systematically. There are five key items in his diet that will have you on the road to optimal health.