Following an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Mediterranean diet, may help reduce body wide inflammation. Here’s how to do it. Join the Live Yes! Arthritis Network. Tell us a little about yourself and you will receive emails packed with the latest information and resources to live your best life and connect with others. Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U. Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available. Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis. Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease.
An anti-inflammation diet might help fight chronic disease, perhaps by changing the gut bacteria. In the past 20 years, research has discovered that the genes of bacteria that live in our gut the gut microbiome can affect our health. A study published Feb. Many previous studies have found that people who regularly consume the Mediterranean diet have lower rates of bowel cancer, insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and other diseases. The question this study addressed was whether these lower rates of disease might result from changes in the gut microbiome. Among people assigned to the Mediterranean diet, there was indeed reduced inflammation. In addition, the gut microbiome was changed in ways that previous studies have shown is associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer, insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and cell damage, and associated with improved thinking skills.
We all want to age gracefully, especially as the risk of chronic diseases becomes a greater threat. Yet, achieving the basics of sufficient sleep, a healthy diet, enough physical activity, social interaction, and reducing stress, which are necessary elements to achieving good health longer, remain elusive for many. Sleeping soundly, for example, remains important as you age, yet tends to become more difficult to achieve. Fortunately, how you eat can improve how well you sleep in your older years. Anti inflammatory foods like those found in a Mediterranean diet offer best chance of long-term health. Photo: RF. The investigators found that study participants who followed a Mediterranean diet demonstrated a noticeable improvement in sleep quality, particularly among those 65 to 75 years old. In fact, sleep quality is viewed as a more complete index, making it the most important sleep measure associated with dietary choices, whereas sleep duration appears less sensitive and not significantly associated with diet.