Dr Oz & Dr Andrew Weil: Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Optimum Health

By on November 3, 2010

Dr Oz brought onto his show one of my favorite people, Dr Andrew Weil, who shared 5 foods to help us live longer and reduce our risk of diseases, as well as to discuss Dr Weil’s Alternative Medicine overall.  Doctor Oz called this the Optimum Health Diet, but Andrew Weil called it the Anti-Inflammatory Diet, although it is not really a diet but rather an eating plan for life.  Dr Weil explained that this is basically another version of the Mediterranean Diet.  All chronic diseases of aging start as inflammation in the body, so by reducing your inflammation, you also reduce your risk of Heart Disease, Brain Diseases and Cancer. Dr Weil Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Optimum Health

Anti-Inflammatory Food #1: Cooked Asian Mushrooms

Dr Weil told Dr Oz that that cooked Asian mushrooms like Shiitake Mushrooms, Maitake Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms and Enoki Mushrooms all help to increase your immune function and protect you from Cancer and Viral Infections.  Weil said not to eat mushrooms raw though, because your body cannot digest them raw or get any nutrients in that form.  Also, Dr Oz pointed out that mushrooms are low calorie while being high in protein, vitamins and minerals.

Anti-Inflammatory Food #2: Whole Soy Foods

Dr Weil is not talking about fake meat products with isolated soy protein or soy derivatives.  Whole Soy Foods include products like edamame, soy nuts, tofu, tempeh and soy milk.  These products are a great source of protein and help to protect against hormonally driven cancers like Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer.  Eat 1-2 servings of whole soy foods each day, and one serving is 1/2 cup tofu, 1 cup soy milk or a few TB soy nuts.

Anti-Inflammatory Food #3: Cruciferous Vegetables

Dr Oz asked Dr Weil to define exactly what Cruciferous Vegetables are, which are vegetables from the cabbage family such as red cabbage, purple cabbage, green cabbage, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts or bok choy.  Eat 4-5 servings of Cruciferous Vegetables daily for strong cancer protective properties.  Dr Weil said you can eat an unlimited amount of cruciferous vegetables daily.

Anti-Inflammatory Food #4: Healthy Fats

Dr Weil said that some fats protect against inflammation, while other fats promote inflammation in your body.  Dr Weil’s main cooking oil is olive oil, but if he does not want the taste of olive oil then he uses organic canola oil.  He also told Dr Oz that you can use Walnut Oil or Hazelnut Oil in salads, but these oils cannot be heated.  Other options for healthy fats include cracked help seeds, whole eggs or ground flaxseeds.  You should get 5-7 servings of healthy fats daily.

Anti-Inflammatory Food #5: Whole Grains & Cracked Grains

Dr Andrew Weil said there is a big difference between whole grains or cracked grains and pulverized grains like flour.  Your body can turn flour and pulverized grains into sugar a lot easier.  You should be able to see the actual grains in whatever you are eating, because this will not raise your blood sugar in the same way.  Some of Dr Weil’s suggestions include basmati rice, wild rice, buckwheat, barley and groats.  You should aim for 2-3 servings per day.

Dr Oz also pointed out that in Dr Weil’s Food Pyramid (which you can see here), there is a category for Al Dente Pasta.  Dr Weil said as long as you do not overcook your pasta and make it mushy, you can even eat regular pasta (as opposed to the whole grain pasta) because your body tends to digest it slowly.  Just don’t overeat pasta – no double portions!

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Comments to Dr Oz & Dr Andrew Weil: Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Optimum Health

  1. Elena Vinar says:

    I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil for information for healthier living. I am a great fan of both of you and your books and I also use some of Dr. Weil’s products on my skin. I am very anxious to add the “Anti-Infammatory Diet for Optimum Health” to what I am already trying to do to get healthier. I’ve never met a vegetable or fruit I didn’t like, I take vitamins, drink lots of water, don’t keep the “no-no” treats in my house (cookies, cake, candy, chips, soda, etc.), don’t eat much beef, and already added Acetyl L-Carnitine to my program over a year and a half ago. I don’t fry foods and have pulled the skin off all my poulty for the past 35 years. However, I am still struggling with weight and worsening arthritic problems in hands, knees and feet. However, I would like to let you know that I started a weight reduction program and since this past summer, around the time you began the “10 lbs off” program, I have lost 25 lbs so far and plan on continuing to goal weight. I am learning and believe that my problem is not what I eat but PORTION CONTROL! I am hoping that with the introduction of the “Antinflammatory Foods” into my current “repertoire” of food choices, that I will see a significant difference in the pain, swelling and discomfort I have been experiencing over the past few years.

    Thank you both for all the wonderful information/help you are bringing to us. May God grant you both continued good health and many blessings on you and your families.

    Elena

  2. Hi Elena! We are not affiliated with Dr Oz or Dr Weil, we are just the biggest fan site for Dr Oz. I am so happy to hear about the progress you have made with your weight loss program. Amazing! Have you signed up yet to win 1 of the 5 workout DVD’s we are doing a free giveaway for? Here is the link: http://www.opinionqueen.com/free-giveaways/susie-q-arms-of-a-first-lady-workout-dvd-review-giveaway/. I wish you tons of success… keep up the good work!

  3. I am going to get more serious about Dr Weil’s anti-inflamatory diet. I have no excuse for not using all the valuable information I had from Dr. Weill and others through all the past years. I have spent hundreds on books to tell me what to do, and never had money left for what I needed, However, I must have done some of it right as I am 91 yrs old now. AND I still cant find a doctor who can help with the swelling. cramps and pain in my feet. I have gotten seriou about steaming all my food and it is delicious. My daughter maks her own sauerkrautt.and eats it everyday. What is (help) a grain that is listed under grains?

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