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Anti-inflammatory diet/foods

After my dr. appt. yesterday, I started thinking about ways to help reduce the amount of inflammation in my lungs, so I did a search for anti-inflammatory foods/diets, and was a little overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. Has anyone had success with eliminating/adding certain foods? I try to do low carb/no sugar due to steroid-induced diabetes, so I really have limited the amount of fruit I eat versus what I used to eat. I try to eat as many veggies as I can, but I have GI issues with some of them, so I am trying to figure out what my best options are. Any suggestions? 

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  • Kathy P

    I try to do as much anti-inflammatory foods in my diet as I can. I don't notice a dramatic effect. But I do notice when I start slacking that I feel a bit worse and have more mucus. So, I don't know if it really works, but I figure eating better has to be a step in the right direction regardless.

    I ferment a lot of veggies – this can make nutrients more bioavailable. I realize that not everyone has a dining room table full of controlled spoilage like I do, but there are a lot of boutique fermentation companies out there these days. The probiotics in the ferments seem to help my tummy too. I do salt-only lacto-fermentation because I have issues with whey. I don't know if sodium is an issue for you. I tried making sodium-free kraut for my diabetic mother one time using just the whey from a cup of yogurt. It worked, but she didn't really like the taste.

    I make kombucha and raw sodas too. I started those as a way to get more probiotics since it seems like I'm always taking antibiotics and a ton of other meds. I don't know if that would still be too much sugar for you. I have not been able to come up with any research on the amount of sugar of the amount of caffeine left in kombucha. I tend to go light on the sugar and my resultant beverages are not very sweet tasting. The yeast consumes much of the sugar. And you can't use artificial sweetener. Hmmm…I should check the SG next time I make some. We currently have kombucha and apple-cherry ginger beer (soda, not alcoholic) going. I could check at the start and at the end of the first fermentation. I don't know if I can check it once it's carbonated.

    My allergist has recommended turmeric to me. I'm not big on supplements and prefer whole foods, so I make a turmeric tonic. It's ginger, turmeric and lemon. You add a little black or cayenne pepper to activate one of the components in the turmeric. I grind it all up in my VitaMix and pour that into an ice cube tray. To drink, I take 2 of the tiny ice cubes and add seltzer (you can use still water) and a little agave syrup. Again, I don't notice anything dramatic, but I do start to notice when I've slacked on drinking it.

  • dory2005
    Melissa G posted:

    Dory, do you have any food allergies?

    Just peanuts. I outgrew all my other food allergies…and I was allergic to a lot! 

  • dory2005
    Kathy P posted:

    I try to do as much anti-inflammatory foods in my diet as I can. I don't notice a dramatic effect. But I do notice when I start slacking that I feel a bit worse and have more mucus. So, I don't know if it really works, but I figure eating better has to be a step in the right direction regardless.

    I ferment a lot of veggies – this can make nutrients more bioavailable. I realize that not everyone has a dining room table full of controlled spoilage like I do, but there are a lot of boutique fermentation companies out there these days. The probiotics in the ferments seem to help my tummy too. I do salt-only lacto-fermentation because I have issues with whey. I don't know if sodium is an issue for you. I tried making sodium-free kraut for my diabetic mother one time using just the whey from a cup of yogurt. It worked, but she didn't really like the taste.

    I make kombucha and raw sodas too. I started those as a way to get more probiotics since it seems like I'm always taking antibiotics and a ton of other meds. I don't know if that would still be too much sugar for you. I have not been able to come up with any research on the amount of sugar of the amount of caffeine left in kombucha. I tend to go light on the sugar and my resultant beverages are not very sweet tasting. The yeast consumes much of the sugar. And you can't use artificial sweetener. Hmmm…I should check the SG next time I make some. We currently have kombucha and apple-cherry ginger beer (soda, not alcoholic) going. I could check at the start and at the end of the first fermentation. I don't know if I can check it once it's carbonated.

    My allergist has recommended turmeric to me. I'm not big on supplements and prefer whole foods, so I make a turmeric tonic. It's ginger, turmeric and lemon. You add a little black or cayenne pepper to activate one of the components in the turmeric. I grind it all up in my VitaMix and pour that into an ice cube tray. To drink, I take 2 of the tiny ice cubes and add seltzer (you can use still water) and a little agave syrup. Again, I don't notice anything dramatic, but I do start to notice when I've slacked on drinking it.

    Thanks so much, Kathy! This is great info! 

  • K8sMom2002

    I think any good, healthy diet is a help to a person's overall health. There's a lot of research into foods, some of it good and reliable, others not so reliable, so it's kind of hard to pick through.

    But overall, I can say that I think my mom had the right idea: mostly vegetables simply prepared, not too much food out of boxes and bags or the fast food drive-thru, lots of whole grains, light on the sugar. 

    I'm trying to do better about eating more veggies! My mom would be proud of me!

  • Melissa G

    Dory that is great that you have outgrown many food allergies! That is amazing! 

    I have been eating more healthy, less processed foods and I have been feeling so much better. I have more energy and have been sleeping better. 

  • tkdgirlms

    Newbie here: interesting topic, will need to read up on it. Having a lot of trouble with asthma these days, dr is trying to get me approved for fasenra but insurance is balking.

  • Melissa G

    Hi TKDGIRLMS! Welcome to AAFA! 

    What medicines do you currently take for your asthma? Do you know your asthma triggers?

  • tkdgirlms

    Symbicort, Proair, Albuterol Sulfate pills, Albetuterol neb, Spiriva.

    No idea on triggers and it doesn't seem consistent. One day it might be a smell but the next day, that smell doesn't bother me. Or it could be weather and the next not.

  • LK

    Welcome TKDGIRLMS! !    

    I was wondering how long you have been living with asthma?  I have adult-onset asthma and was diagnosed almost 6 yrs ago.  It took me a long time to figure out what my triggers are and they seem to change over time.

    Glad you found these forums!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, TKDGIRLMS! Like Lisa said, sometimes it can be a combo of different triggers that can contribute. 

    Could you keep a symptom log? That has helped me a lot. I do hope that your doc is helping you with the insurance fight!

  • tkdgirlms

    Adult onset – diagnosed just over 20 years ago but it's just been in the past 5 years or so that's in really gotten out of hand. Before that, it was a minor annoyance, nothing more.

    Yes, my dr is the one filing an appeal.

  • K8sMom2002

    I do hate the way that asthma can morph and change over the years! My own asthma reared its ugly head after a viral infection that turned into bronchitis. 

    Was there something similar that was the tipping point with yours?

  • Faye

    @dory2005 I agree with you. There is a lot of information out there about different types of diets and it can be overwhelming. What worked for me personally was switching to a plant based diet. I'm on month 7 now and have felt so much better. I hope to continue to eat this way because this is the healthiest I've ever been. There is no perfect diet for everyone and I think it is always best to try first and listen to how your body reacts to the new diet.

  • Melissa G

    TKDGIRLMS, I am very sorry, things have progressed and you haven't been able to pin point the triggers. This year has been especially difficult with the pollen counts being crazy high and the strange weather we have been having.