There is growing evidence that out of control inflammation in the body is causing a lot of serious health problems, and many doctors advice their patients to follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
An anti-inflammatory diet is probably quite close to a Mediterranean diet, the basics are generally:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish or fish oil supplements and walnuts.
- Avoid sugar and sweetened foods
- Watch your intake of refined carbohydrates such as pasta and white rice.
- Eat plenty of whole grains such as brown rice and bulgur wheat.
- Eat lean protein sources such as chicken; cut back on red meat and full-fat dairy foods.
- Avoid refined foods and processed foods.
- Minimize saturated and trans fats.
- Spice it up. Ginger, curry, and other spices can have an anti-inflammatory effect.
If you are interested in this you can check out a wide range of books on the subject. Pain Pathways magazine wrote about this earlier this year, and they recommend Dr. McIlwain's Diet for a pain-free life which investigates the "overweight-inflammation-chronic pain connection". Dr. Vijay Vad was featured in the New York Times earlier this year with his book "Stop Pain" which has lots of great advice for this lifestyle.