Let's find out what inflammation caused by food is, how to do the test to identify it and the right diet to follow so as not to have to eliminate some foods forever.
Food and well-being have always gone hand in hand, even if in recent times it seems that this awareness has been somewhat lost, thanks to a lot of misinformation, especially on the subject of food intolerances. Food is absolutely not an enemy to be fought and it is clear that the only two intolerances accepted by science are that of gluten and lactose. That said, there are some foods that affect, among other things, the regulation of inflammatory processes and can lead to an increase in the blood of some cytokines, those proteins produced by different types of immune cells.
Inflammation from food
"Inflammation is perceived by everyone - explains Dr. Attilio Speciani, allergist and immunologist, expert in food intolerances - and everyone has a good feeling of the existence of a relationship between what you eat and the state of well-being". Numerous studies, in recent years, have made it possible to accurately evaluate the relationship between what you eat and the rise of very specific cytokines, a precise connection between food-related symptoms and an increase in BAFF (an important inflammatory substance) both in the blood than intestinal.
169512 “The inflammatory response is in many cases individual - continues Speciani - and must be carefully studied to help the nutritional resolution of many diseases. Generally, it depends on the systematic repetition of certain foods. A 2014 Cai study showed that while in Europe the "inflammatory" foods for those suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases are Milk, Gluten and Yeast, in China, for the same disorders the foods involved are Rice, Soy and Corn ".
What is the Food Inflammation Test
There is a very simple test, the Food Inflammation Test, capable of evaluating the level of inflammation present in the body and its personal food profile. Two particular cytokines BAFF and PAF are measured and the results become key tools to identify a personalized diet that aims to reduce the inflammatory state and therefore, the incidence of certain pathologies such as some types of migraines, arthritis or colitis. The test consists of a small sample of capillary blood from the fingertip, performed in an affiliated Recaller or Biomarkers center and analyzed in a specialized laboratory, based in Rome at the University of Tor Vergata whose results are processed to obtain a final report.
Are there anti-inflammatory foods?
“The variety is already anti-inflammatory in itself - replies Dr. Attilio Speciani - then there are other aspects that help define the inflammatory or anti-inflammatory value of a series of foods. Their richness in isoflavones, phytophenols, minerals and vitamins. The more a food is rich in raw and vital substances the more it is anti-inflammatory in general. There are some exceptions, for example, the lycopene of the tomato that develops only with cooking. Recent studies have also shown that 169476 super-refined foods have a pro-inflammatory action. Let's use them only occasionally, giving preference to foods, even industrial ones, which have however undergone few transformations. And on the anti-inflammatory choice we remember that sweetened products have a value that promotes inflammation and that since 2006 the Harvard School of Medicine has defined the correct distribution of carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal as one of the most important anti-inflammatory actions that can be managed independently to get better. , lose weight, stimulate metabolism and control the inflammatory levels of the whole organism ".
The rotation diet
To reduce inflammation and promote food tolerance, it is essential to set up a rotation diet. Within the week, some days are established in which we abstain from foods eaten in excess or towards which there is a reactivity, and the days during which the same foods are progressively reintroduced. A way to discover valid food alternatives and rediscover a relationship of friendship with food. A little like what happens with the technique that is implemented during infant weaning. The test report indicates a personalized diet to be followed in total autonomy with the support of a free online platform MD4.me (Medical Doctor for Me) dedicated to patients.
To stay fit and regain general well-being, it is clear that every choice must be studied on the individual subject, but the variety of daily nutrition, the dominance of fresh foods rich in bioactive substances, together with the control of sugar excesses and the balancing of proteins and carbohydrates in every meal, represent a good food practice to prevent food inflammation.