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Inflammatory foods: the relationship between food and well-being – Italian Cuisine


Food and well-being have always gone hand in hand, even if in recent times it seems that this awareness has been a bit lost, thanks to a lot of misinformation, especially on the topic food intolerance. Food is not an enemy to be opposed and it is clear that the only two intolerances accepted by science are gluten and lactose. That said, there are some foods that affect, among other things, the regulation of inflammatory processes and can bring 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 the Dr. Attilio Speciani, allergist and immunologist, expert in food intolerances – and all have a fair sense of the existence of a relationship between what is eaten and the state of well-being". Numerous studies, in recent years, have allowed us to accurately assess the relationship between what we eat and the rise of cytokines very specific, a precise connection between food-related symptoms and increase of BAFF (important inflammatory substance) both in blood and intestinal.

169512"The inflammatory response is in many cases individual – Speciani continues – and must be carefully studied to help the nutritional resolution of many diseases. Typically, it depends on the systematic repetition of some foods. A 2014 Cai study showed that while in Europe "inflammatory" foods for people 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, able to assess the level of inflammation present in the body and its personal food profile. Two particular cytokines are dosed BAFF is PAF and the results become key tools to identify a personalized diet that aims to reduce the inflammatory state and therefore, the incidence of certain diseases such as some types of migraines, arthritis or colitis. The test consists of a small sample of capillary blood from the fingertip, performed in a subsidiary center Recaller or Biomarkers and analyzed in a specialized laboratory, with based in Rome at the University of Tor Vergata whose results are processed to obtain a final report.

Are anti-inflammatory foods available?
"The variety is already anti-inflammatory in itself – replies the dott. Attilio Speciani – then there are other aspects that help to define the inflammatory or anti-inflammatory value of a series of foods. Their richness in isoflavones, in phytofenols, in minerals and vitamins. The more a food is rich in raw and vital substances the more anti-inflammatory it is in general. For example, the tomato lycopene, which develops only when cooked, makes some exceptions. From recent studies it has also been seen that foods 169476super-refined have a pro-inflammatory action. We use them only occasionally, giving preference to foods, even industrial ones, which have undergone few changes. And on the anti-inflammatory choice we remember that the 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 independently managed to feel better , lose weight, stimulate the metabolism and control the inflammatory levels of the whole organism".

The rotation diet
To reduce inflammation e promote food tolerance It is essential to set up a rotation diet. Within the week, some days are established in which one abstains from foods taken in excess or to which one has a reactivity, and of the days during which the same foods are progressively reintroduced. A way to discover valid food alternatives find a relationship of friendship with food. A little 'as happens with the technique that is put in place during child weaning. The test report indicates a personalized diet to be followed in total autonomy with the support of a free online MD4.me platform (Medical Doctor for Me) dedicated to patients.

To stay fit and regain general well-being it is clear that every choice should be studied on the individual subject, but the variety of daily nutrition, the dominance of fresh and rich in bioactive substances, together with the control of excess sugar and the balancing of proteins and carbohydrates in every meal, represent a good food practice to prevent food inflammation.

Mariacristina Coppeto
January 2019

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Blue Monday, what it is and the foods that help to deal with it – Italian Cuisine


Monday, January 21st is the saddest day of the year. Here's what to eat to fight sadness, bad mood and be more sprint

The Monday it's the most difficult day of the week to deal with. After the weekend, it is easy to find yourself with little energy, with the mood in pieces and with little desire to dive into the weekly routine. But there is a Monday of the year that has a reputation for being the most depressing of all: the Blue Monday.

What is that? It is about the third Monday of January which in recent times has earned the title of "Sadder day of the year" because of a series of variables and calculations like the weather, the hours of light less, the number of days that separate us from Christmas.

In reality there is very little scientific: this event, in fact, seems to have been born years ago for a publicity stunt of an English travel agency. But the fact remains that Monday is always a difficult day to face and that moodiness, tiredness and lack of concentration are often around the corner. To counter the "negative" effects of Monday also feeding can help us. Let's see together with the nutritionist Valentina Schirò, biologist nutritionist specializing in food science, which foods to choose not to be put on the carpet by sadness and bad mood and be more sprint.

What to eat

«To overcome the effort and face the weekly routines with an extra gear, do not miss the rich food at the table minerals anti-anxiety, in particular of magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, potassium that support the nervous system and help fight stress. They are excellent sources, for example, nuts, vegetables and seasonal fruitSuggests the nutritionist.

«To raise the mood yes, even to the foods rich in "good" fats like the Omega 3, contents for example, in bluefish and oil seeds, which promote the production of neurotransmitters, including those that influence mood. They help to fight nervousness and irritability even those that contain tryptophan, an amino acid precursor of serotonin, the hormone of good humor. They are particularly rich dark chocolate, whole grains and legumesSays the expert.

"The foods they contain must be avoided high amounts of "bad" sugars and fats, like packaged snacks, desserts, sauces. Even if they give immediate gratification, they actually burden the body and promote tiredness, "says the expert.

Would you like to know more? In the gallery discover one by one the foods to take to the table to face the Blue Monday