I recently saw the results of an Australian Study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, which indicated that eating an anti-inflammatory diet could reduce depression in midlife.
Depression does not discriminate and can affect anyone. In midlife depression can be caused by the affect of mood swings experienced in menopause, fear of growing older, feeling trapped caring for an aging parent.
The study ‘examined the association between the dietary inflammatory index (DII), which was developed specifically to measure the inflammatory potential of diet, and risk of depression in the middle-aged cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.’
Over a 12 year period, more than 6,000 women with an average age of 52, were surveyed and the results indicated that women who were following an anti-inflammatory diet were 20% less likely to suffer from depression.
You can read the full findings of the study by clicking on this link
Further reading that I have done also indicates that major disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, skin disorders, allergies and osteoporosis have all been linked to chronic inflammation. So following an anti-inflammatory diet seems a logical way to minimize the risks.
What we eat affects our health in many ways and according to the Harvard Medical School:
Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator.
What is inflammation?
Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, from Women to Women has written extensively about inflammation and it’s affect on disease and ageing and I found the Women to Women website very informative.
Inflammation is caused when the immune system is not working effectively.
To read more on inflammation and it’s causes click on this link below
Symptoms of Inflammation
- Body aches and pains
- Weight gain
- Skin outbreaks
- Frequent infection
- Shortness of Breath
- Gluten Sensitivity
What is an anti-inflammatory diet?
An anti-inflammatory diet is based on foods high in anti-oxidants and high in fibre. Avoid foods with high sugar and saturated fats. You won’t find soda or refined carbohydrates on the list for anti-inflammatory diets. Instead, you should be eating a variety of colourful vegetables as well as :
Include quinoa, couscous, brown rice, oatmeal and wholegrain breads.
Salmon, tuna and mackeral are high in Omega -3
Dark leafy greens
Include Spinach, kale, broccoli each day.
Of course, you can have your cake and eat it – if it contains the right ingredients. This Healthy Cake Recipe from The Blogger’s Lifestyle is a treat you can certainly add to your list!
Or try this Anti-Inflammatory Drink https://www.kathleenaherne.com/hot-green-drink-low-carb/
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