The SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the Covid-19 epidemic, will continue to rage for several weeks when the restriction is lifted. To reduce the risk of serious infection, it is best to start weakening your chronic inflammation today, according to Dr. Catherine Lacrosnière, a nutritionist and author of “Anti-Inflammatory Food,” of course. Albin Michel).
How can diet reduce risk factors?
DAILY LAKROSNIER. The majority of patients treated for severe Covid-19 have obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. All of these diseases have one thing in common: chronic low-grade, that is, silent, inflammation. This is the result of prolonged and repeated exposure to an unhealthy lifestyle, especially a poor diet. Given the decompression, it is therefore best to minimize the level of chronic inflammation, which requires a change in eating habits.
What is an anti-inflammatory diet?
The anti-inflammatory diet is an extended Mediterranean diet, with lots of aromatic herbs and spices. So we need to be proud of fresh fruits and vegetables. These provide a lot of fiber, vitamins and antioxidant polyphenols that reduce inflammation. The ideal dish should include one-third of raw or cooked vegetables, one-third of vegetable or animal proteins (fish, lean meat, lentils or quinoa) and one-third of starchy foods that do not raise blood sugar too much (pasta). wholemeal, wholemeal rice…). Sprinkle with herbs and spices (parsley, sage, ginger, turmeric, cumin …) and ground flax seeds. You need to take advantage of this limitation period to cook at home and forget about industrially processed products that contain hidden sugars and trans fatty acids, which are inflammatory factors.
Should we choose organically?
Organic fruits and vegetables are free of pesticides and other pollutants that fuel inflammation. And those with a short distribution channel contain more vitamins and polyphenols because they are collected during maturation and undergo less transport time. An organic apple can be eaten with its skin. This is a real advantage because many anti-inflammatory ingredients are found in the skin.
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