Diet and Inflammation - An HAE Patient's Perspective
I have Hereditary Angioedema which causes edema or swelling when I have flares. Since, I already struggle with having excess swelling in my body I thought it would be a good idea to do everything I could to help reduce the inflammation that I have. I already receive infusions twice a week which is so helpful in keeping my HAE flares under control. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that I could also help reduce inflammation in my body with what I ate. I’m not talking about food helping treat my HAE flares. I am however, talking about reducing the overall inflammation that I have. Certain foods are known to help naturally reduce inflammation, while others are known to cause inflammation.
Here is a list of a few foods that are known to help reduce inflammation:
- Blue berries
- Leafy greens
- Olive oil
- Almonds, and so many others.
Foods that are known to increase inflammation are:
- Fried foods
- Pop (soda)
- Refined carbohydrates
- Processed foods, etc.
I have always been a naturally/purposefully healthy eater, but I realized I could always improve to help my body feel the best it could. I decided to greatly increase the amount of foods that naturally reduce inflammation while eliminating those that are known to cause inflammation. I just wanted to do it to see if I noticed a difference with how I felt. I removed anything with preservatives and additives. I made almost everything from scratch which is admittedly more work, but that way I knew what was in my food. I tried to keep everything as natural as possible and removed anything processed from my diet. I decided to remove wheat, gluten, and processed sugars from my diet as well. I was amazed at the results I saw. I didn’t even realize how swollen my face, hands, and stomach were until a few days into changing my diet. The swelling has dramatically gone down. I never knew I was that swollen until I made these few simple changes. I’m hoping the longer I’m on it I’ll continue to see changes as well as feel better overall.