- Chronic inflammation needs to be addressed to get to the root of diseases, including rheumatic and autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease.
- An anti-inflammatory diet helps to calm the system down, support the immune system, and ensure that nutritional needs are met, particularly for patients experiencing fatigue and pain.
- Fruits, vegetables (including nightshades), whole grains (including gluten-containing grains), plant-based proteins (including beans and soy), herbs, spices, and tea are all considered anti-inflammatory.
- Ultra-processed foods that contain artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and colors, excess added sugar, saturated fat, and salt should be reduced.
- Alcohol can be very inflammatory, and patients should reduce their alcohol consumption, especially if they are on medications that can interact with alcohol.
- Rheumatologists should refer their patients to a registered dietitian to ensure optimal patient care.