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Anti Inflammatory Foods, Good Foods for Buhcet’s Disease

Living with Behcet’s Disease it is always good to keep a healthy watch on my diet, and make sure I am not eating any foods that may cause inflammation in my body.
There are many different foods that help keep the inflammation in my body down, and many others that do the exact opposite for me.

Foods that increase inflammation are known as Pro-inflammatory foods, which will increase pain from the inflammation. Most Pro-Inflammatory foods consist of junk foods/fast food, high-fat meats, sugar and fast foods. This is partially due to the unhealthy fats, especially trans fats. Also Processed Meats can cause inflammation due to the chemicals that are used in the meats.

Anti-inflammatory Foods and Tips
Here are some of the best Anti-Inflammatory Foods to eat:

1. Salmon – is an excellent source of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, also potent omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation.
2. Turmeric – Studies found that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are on a par with potent drugs such as hydrocortisone and Motrin.
3. Kelp – is high in magnesium and acts as a natural relaxant and anti-inflammatory agent.
4. Shiitake Mushrooms – Great for boosting immune system.
5. Green Tea – The flavonoids found in green tea help with inflammation along with many other things.
6. Blueberry – Powerful Antioxidant that help reduce inflammation.
7. Papaya – It contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. Together with vitamin C and E, papain helps to reduce inflammation, and improves digestion and helps heal burns.
8. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Its polyphenols protects the heart and blood vessels from inflammation.
9. Broccoli – Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients
10. Sweet Potatoe – Is a good source of beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C, and dietary fiber. They work together as powerful antioxidants that help the body to heal inflammation.

Here are some things I like to eat through out the day to help control the inflammation due to my Buhcet’s Disease:
For Breakfast I like to have oatmeal with fresh blueberries and a cup of soy milk.

For an afternoon snack I try to eat whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and fresh vegetables. No McDonald’s!
For Dinner, we try to have a lean fish, with lots of fruits and veritable. No fried or fatty meats and foods.

Try to eat more fish and less fatty red meat, and stay away from deep fried foods. Choose green, orange, and yellow vegetables for your side dishes, try to have a rainbow on your plate of fruits and Veggies.

And most importantly I have found is drinking plenty of water, 100% juices and green teas. When i can stay hydrated, my body feel the best!

I hope these anti-inflammatory foods help you, and please feel free to post some other foods and recipes that work for you as a comment below.

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24 Aug
2009
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Behcet’s Flare Ups, What are Behcet’s Flare Ups, What Do Flare Ups Feel Like?

Flare-Ups are a common with Behcet’s Disease. The Flare-Ups can come and go in a series of attacks throughout life brought on by high stress levels, and a lowered immune system. Flare Ups will come and go, sometimes every few weeks or months, while others may go for years without problems. In my case I find that Flare Ups are directly related to a combination of the amount of stress I am under over the course of a few days, the amount of rest I get, and what my diet is.

Flare Ups can cause a fever and fatigue, and most common for me is swelling, arthritic pain throughout my muscles and joints.The feeling is like severe growing pains and flu-like aches and pains. Flare ups can also feel as if  someone lit a match and all my joints were on fire. Sometimes in a specific spot, like my knees, or hands, and others throughout my whole body, causing headaches and fevers due to the swelling.

When a flare up begins for me, there is not a whole lot that can be done, other than take some anti-inflammatory medicine and wait in agony for the pain to go away. Thank God for Advil! It is best to try to catch the flare ups before they begin. Sometimes I can notice that my body is starting to shut down, and I will feel more fatigued than I should. When I feel this way, I try my best to make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, and not do anything too stressful on my body or mind. It is also important to drink lots of fluids.

I am in the process of trying some all natural supplements to help control my Behcet’s Flare-Ups, and I will be posting the results of those within the next month. As of right now, Advil is the only thing that really seems to help me when I have a flare up and I don’t want be reliant on a pain medicine my whole life. I am hoping that some natural supplements, and the right lifestyle and diet will help lay this disease dormant and not bother me in the future.

Please post any comments if you have found an alternative to anti-inflammatory medicine, like Advil. Or if you would just like to share anything else.

21 Aug
2009

What is Behcet’s Disease? Behcet’s Syndrome, Behcet’s Facts

Behcet’s Disease is a very rare auto immune disease, which causes chronic inflammation throughout the body. The cause of Behcet’s disease is unknown. Behcet’s disease typically begins in individuals who are in their 20s or 30s, but can happen at a much earlier age. Behcet’s affects more women than it does men.

Symptoms of Behcet’s disease can include ulcers in the mouth which can resembling canker sores. Also, in extreme cases, ulcers can form on the genitals, and cause eye inflammation. Regular eye exams are a good idea for people suffering from Behcet’s Disease.

Due to the bodies inability to combat the inflammation, Behcet’s disease can also cause cause various types of skin lesions, arthritis throughout muscles and especially joints, bowel inflammation, meningitis, which is inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord.

Behcet’s is a multi-system disease which in some extreme cases can effect all bodily organs, and effect the central nervous system, causing memory loss and impaired speech, balance, and movement.

Some severe effects  of Behcet’s Disease may include blindness, swelling of the spinal cord, stroke, and intestinal some complications.

Behcet’s disease is more commonly seen in Japan, Israel, and Turkey, and while it is less common in the United States, there are still over 15,000 people that have been diagnosed with it. Because of the rarity of it, there has not been any great breakthroughs on cures for the disease.

Stay tuned for more discussion and posts on how Behcet’s effects me, and things that seem to help me with my struggle with Behcet’s Disease.