Inflammation is involved in chronic dry eyes, autoimmune diseases such as Sjogrens, rheumatoid arthritis, Reynaud's syndrome and more. The proper diet can greatly reduce inflammation and help with recovery.
This blog gives a brief guideline to the Dash diet which has shown promise in reducing inflammation and reduce chronic symptoms
The DASH Diet
DASH diet was developed as a guideline for healthy eating in general. It is clear that this guideline also help prevent the development of chronic diseases including chronic dry eyes, autoimmune diseases, heart disorders, prevent osteoporosis, and more.
Key features of DASH diet is to increase consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
Fruits and vegetables are important because of the low-caloric, high fiber and high-nutrient density, . Low-fat dairy products provide important calcium that is necessary to prevent osteoporosis. Other components of DASH include nuts, legumes (dried beans and peas), whole grains, low salt and reduce sugar intake.
Nuts are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, high in fiber and protein. Legumes are a rich source of protein as well as fiber, and lean meats are important sources of protein. Grains are an important source of energy and should be in the form as whole grains, which will increase fiber consumption.
The DASH diet limits salt to 2300 milligrams per day, sugar intake to 5 tablespoons per week for the average 2000-calories/day diet.
Table 1 shows the recommended intakes of each of these food groups in servings per day for those who consume 2000 calories per day. from revised Dash diet 2010
Table 1. DASH Diet Food Group Servings for a 2000-Calories-Per-Day Diet
Examples of 1 Serving
|Low-fat dairy||2-3/day||1 cup milk or yogurt|
|Grains (mostly whole)||6-8/day||1 slice bread|
1 oz dry cereal
1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal
|Lean meats, poultry, fish||≤6/week||1 oz cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish|
|Nuts/seeds/legumes||4-5/week||1/3 cup or 1 1/2 oz nuts|
2 Tbsp peanut butter 2 Tbsp or 1/2 oz seeds 1/2 cup cooked legumes
|Fruits||4-5/day||1 medium fruit 1/4 cup dried fruit 1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or canned fruit 1/2 cup fruit juice|
|Vegetables||4-5/day||1 cup raw leafy vegetables|
1/2 cup cut-up raw or cooked vegetables
How is diet related to Chronic Dry Eyes and Autoimmune Diseases- Sjogren's, Rheumatoid Arthritis?
A key factor in chronic dry eyes and autoimmune diseases has to do with poor blood circulation to the eyes, limbs, external tissues. Poor circulation starts the disease process creating inflammation and damages to organs and tissues.
TheraLife can Help!
TheraLife's formulas are targeted to increase blood circulation and restore normal functions to, eyes, organs and tissues. Improved circulation prevents further damages and give the cells a change to function normally again. Eating a healthy diet can help maintain normal functions and prevent future damages.
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