Crafting a Healthy Diet to Manage Kawasaki Disease

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  • Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids found in wild-caught Alaskan salmon and krill may help fight inflammation throughout your body
  • The ketogenic diet is a revolutionary way of promoting health by switching your body from burning sugar for fuel to healthy fats. According to a study published in the Journal of Child Neurology, following a ketogenic diet may have a beneficial effect in fighting inflammation

Many people tend to ignore the advantages a healthy diet can offer to your health while you’re treating a disease, as it can help speed up recovery and make you feel better in the long run. In the case of Kawasaki disease, inflammation is one of its core characteristics, so it’s crucial that you increase your consumption of healthy, anti-inflammatory foods to help you manage your symptoms.

To start off, you may want to try adding these spices to your healthy meals. They’re not only loaded with essential anti-inflammatory compounds, but are also a great way of adding another layer of flavor to your food:

Cloves

Ginger

Rosemary

Turmeric

Aside from spices, these foods may help fight inflammation:

Animal-based fat — Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids found in wild-caught Alaskan salmon and krill may help fight inflammation throughout your body. In a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, scientists were able to observe a positive effect against inflammation and oxidative stress among rats.1

Tea — This drink is rich in various nutrients that may help fight inflammation. In particular, matcha tea from Japan has 17 times more antioxidants than wild blue berries.

Fermented foods Your gut flora is key in helping boost your immune system to help ward off chronic inflammation. By consuming probiotic-rich foods, you're helping reseed your gut with beneficial bacteria. Best foods include kefir, natto, kimchi, sauerkraut and homemade yogurt.

Garlic — Numerous studies have shown that garlic contains a powerful compound called allicin, which produces sulfenic acid, a compound that helps fight free radicals. Garlic is also known for its strong antimicrobial properties.

Try the Ketogenic Diet to Help With Inflammation

The ketogenic diet is a revolutionary way of promoting health by switching your body from burning sugar for fuel to healthy fats. According to a study published in the Journal of Child Neurology, following a ketogenic diet may have a beneficial effect in fighting inflammation.2 In addition, it may also help with other areas such as:

Weight loss — Switching to a ketogenic diet allows your body to burn off fat. In one study, obese participants lost more weight when switching to a low-carb ketogenic diet compared to those who ate a low-fat diet.3

Lowering insulin levels — Reducing consumption of carbohydrates minimizes the amount of sugar that goes into your bloodstream, which may be beneficial for diabetics. In one study, diabetics who consumed a low-carb diet had better glycemic control and reduced reliance on diabetes medications.4

Reducing appetite — For those who are watching their weight, the ketogenic diet may work to your advantage. Healthy fats can satiate your hunger, preventing you from consuming too much calories.5

The core philosophy of the ketogenic diet is increasing your consumption of healthy fats while simultaneously minimizing carbohydrate intake. Moderate amounts of protein are required as well to support healthy biological functions. The table below contains foods rich in healthy fats, as well as other nutrients:

Coconut oil

Animal-based omega-3 fats from wild-caught Salmon and other fatty fish

Organic olives and olive oil

Raw grass fed butter

Grass fed meats

Pasture-raised eggs

Raw nuts, such as macadamia, almonds and pecans

Avocado

Seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, cumin and hemp

Vegetables are also recommended in a ketogenic diet because they’re rich in fiber and antioxidants. Broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts and zucchini are top choices in this regard. For beverages, focus on drinking sufficient water. Coconut milk, herbal teas and coffee are also viable alternatives. Meanwhile, avoid processed drinks that are high in sugar.

What Not to Eat if You Want to Avoid Kawasaki Disease

A new study published in Nutrition Journal found that children who consume high amounts of soy, such as that derived from soy milk or other soy products such as tofu and edamame, are significantly more at risk for getting Kawasaki disease, particularly if they are of Asian descent.6 No connection was found between maternal consumption of soy and the disease, so pregnant and nursing mothers had no effect on this outcome.

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