Dr. Weil introduces himself and shares if food causes inflammation and why women should be concerned about inflammation.
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Food Which Causes Inflammation I am Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. I am a clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health at the University of Arizona and my field of expertise is integrative medicine. I think, in general refined, processed, and manufactured foods are pro-inflammatory and that’s because they contain fats that increase inflammation. And those fats are things like vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, as well as refined vegetable oils, like soybean oil, which give an excess of omega-6 fatty acids, which are the pro-inflammatory essential fatty acids. Quick digesting carbohydrates, products made from flour and sugar are pro-inflammatory by a different mechanism. Diets that are deficient in fruits and vegetables also favor inflammation. The reason women should be concerned about this, really everybody, but women in particular, is that inflammation undermines health in general, affects longevity, appearance, chronic inflammation in the skin is really the basis of premature aging and certainly a strong influence on appearance as women get older. And, inflammation in the body, if it’s not checked, really can eventually result in most of the chronic degenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease.