The event saw book author Professor Phil Hansbro, Director of the Centenary UTS Centre for Inflammation, converse with Sophie Scott, National Medical Reporter at the ABC about managing good gut health – both to control inflammation and to help prevent disease.
During the conversation – held in front of invited guests and members of the public – Professor Hansbro outlined that excessive inflammation is associated with many chronic diseases including respiratory diseases, heart diseases, many types of cancers, as well as allergies and neurological conditions.
He said that inflammation in the body can be managed with a healthy lifestyle, including attention to diet, and that by reducing inflammation, disease can be better treated and even prevented.
“We know that the higher our baseline inflammation levels are, the more vulnerable we are to disease. Modifying our diet supports a healthy gut, lowers our baseline inflammatory load and helps support our whole-body health,” Professor Hansbro said.
A key message from Professor Hansbro was that healthy eating to support your gut microbiome and general wellbeing doesn’t have to be hard.
“You should seek out a variety of natural, whole foods with an emphasis on fresh and unprocessed food that you enjoy eating. Do this regularly and you will be working towards minimising inflammation and improving your health,” he said.
Explaining the science behind inflammation and disease, together with recipes, practical nutrition and lifestyle advice, ‘The Good Gut Anti-Inflammatory Diet’ is published by Pantera Press. It is available for purchase online and can be found at selected Australian booksellers such as Dymocks, Target, Kmart and Booktopia.