As we age our bodies undergo several changes. Some of our body function begin to slow and deteriorate. We also experience an increase in inflammation in the body which increases our risks of diseases and frailty.
Making a simple change to how you eat can have a profound effect on ageing well. This, in turn, keeps your body stronger and reduces chronic inflammation.
Why is it important to reduce inflammation?
Firstly, we need to understand that some inflammation is good for us, and indeed necessary. When we sustain an internal or external injury inflammation is the mechanism the body uses to defend, heal and repair any damage from various sources such as cuts, injuries, bacteria, viruses and so on.
However, the issues occur when the inflammation lingers and this starts to wreak havoc in the body. Chronic inflammation can occur anywhere in the body and is linked to various degenerative conditions. These can include conditions such as autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis or lupus), heart disease, stroke, and potentially some forms of dementia.
Living well and eating well helps to control chronic inflammation
A new study that was recently published in the Gut Journal found that ageing well is linked to eating well, with a healthy gut keeping chronic inflammatory responses away. The study was conducted over one year, and spanned five European countries and included over 600 participants.
What they found was that older adults who changed from eating their normal and rather bland diet to eating a more Mediterranean style diet, greatly improved the microbes in their gut. The healthier our gut is the less prone we are to chronic bodily inflammatory responses. Improving gut health starts with consuming loads of fresh fruit and vegetables (including legumes), minimal meat and dairy, and no processed foods. An increase in good gut bacteria means increased vitality and good health and a reduced risk of degenerative diseases as we age.
So, what are you waiting for? Get more whole plant foods into your diet today.