Taming Chronic Inflammation with the Deflame Diet
By Dr. Adam Hughes
If you’re like most people, you overindulged during the holidays and now you’d like to reboot your health with some healthy lifestyle changes in 2017. The Deflame Diet calms inflammation, stimulates repair and recovery, and boosts energy while preventing hunger. It also helps tame autoimmunity and repair leaky gut. Many foods people eat daily can be inflammatory, causing fatigue, rashes, joint pain, digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, depression, autoimmune flare ups, and more. The foods most people react to are gluten, dairy, various grains, eggs, nuts, and nightshades. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, and sweet fruits also cause inflammation.
People new to this lifestyle often wonder if there is anything left to eat. There is plenty to eat on the Deflame Diet! In fact, this way of eating more closely resembles what people have eaten for most of human history. The diet is based on grass-fed and organic meats, wild fish, healthy fats, fermented foods, and lots of veggies. Eating plenty of vegetables will help build good gut bacteria, detoxify the liver, and boost immune health and tolerance of more foods. Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and ghee. Avoid processed vegetable oils and strictly avoid hydrogenated oils, or trans fats. This anti-inflammatorya diet is certainly more work than eating fast food or microwave meals. The rewards in how much better it will make you feel are worth the effort.
This lifestyle requires planning and preparation. You may experience cravings, low energy, and some detox symptoms for a few days in the beginning. Online support groups can be very reassuring and helpful. However, it doesn’t take long before most people feel an increase in energy and well being and actually come to enjoy the diet. Many also lose unwanted fat!
After following the protocol for 30 to 90 days, you may wish to add in some of the eliminated foods – one at a time every 72 hours – to see whether you react to any of them. This will help you customize a lifelong diet that is healthy but satisfying. Many find going off at least gluten and dairy brings substantial health benefits. Making these dietary lifestyle modifications is the first step to decreasing chronic inflammation and creating better health from the inside out!
Dr. Adam Hughes is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Provider at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center in Brentwood, MO.
He can be reached at 314-646-0013