It’s important to note that inﬂammation is not necessarily a bad word, inﬂammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself when tissue has been damaged or when a harmful substance is perceived by the body. Chemicals are released from white blood cells which increase the blood ﬂow to the area of injury or infection causing redness, warmth, swelling and triggering pain, the increased blood ﬂow promotes the natural healing process of the body. The problem arises when the body continues to send signals that there is still a threat and healthy cells become damaged. Certain foods are known to trigger an inﬂammatory response in the body.
The anti-inﬂammatory diet has a heavy focus on eliminating these foods which are known to cause this response such as sugar, trans fats, reﬁned carbs, and processed meats. It is quite strict on these exclusions because of the adverse eﬀect of these foods in people with HS or other issues aﬀected by high levels of inﬂammation.
It includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole-grains, nuts and seeds.
By adding foods rich in anti-oxidants to your diet you can help reduce free radicals in the body which cause oxidative stress. Also helping to slow down the aging process and reducing inﬂammation. Phytochemicals found in tea, honey wine, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and cocoa help to scavenge and eliminate free-radicals in the body.
Vitamin K found in green leafy veg such as kale, spinach and broccoli has a positive eﬀect on reducing inﬂammation. And omega 3 which you can ﬁnd in oily ﬁsh, taken regularly over time has been shown to have a positive eﬀect on reducing inﬂammation.
There can be many triggers which are hard to prevent such as pollution, sickness or injury, but you can have control over what you eat.
With a condition such as HS, changing your eating habits and making this your hidradenitis suppurativa diet, may reduce inﬂammation in your body.
Like any life style change it won’t be an instant magic cure but consistency with an anti-inﬂammatory diet for hidradenitis suppuratvia can help reduce the number of ﬂare ups and may reduce the level of pain.
Foods to Include
Oily ﬁsh eg. Salmon, mackeral, anchovies
Chia seeds, ﬂax seeds
Ashwaganda: Chinese herb reduces cortisol levels and lessens chronic inﬂammation
Foods to Avoid
High fructose corn syrup (found in ﬁzzy drinks and processed confectionary)
Trans Fats e.g margarine
Reﬁned carbohydrates e.g sweets, pastries, pasta, cakes
Vegetable and seed oil
Omega 6 fatty acids
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3920909/ 2014 Jan 23 ZawnVillinesedicalnewstoday.com/articles/318652 July 29, 2017 https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/about-inﬂammation#1 https://www.webmd.com/diet/anti-inﬂammatory-diet-road-to-good-health#1 Omega 3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24505395 2014 Feb Anthocyanins https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1082894/