Anti-inflammatory foods

What is inflammation and why should you care?

Foods that cause and prevent inflammation

Understanding, What we eat and How we Feel

Unfortunately many people do not understand the relationship between what we eat and how we feel. Our food choices play a crucial role in controlling inflammation levels within the body. Here we’ll explain  inflammation and why you should care.

 

Your immune system becomes triggered when your body identifies anything that is foreign – such as plant pollen, microbes or a chemical.  Often times this triggers a process called inflammation. Short periods of inflammation are used by the body to threaten invaders and protect our health.

 

Problems can arise when inflammation persists, even if the foreign invader poses no serious threat. This is when inflammation can become a danger to your health. Many of todays major diseases – including cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation.

 

“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. This means that one of the most reliable and powerful tools to combat and prevent inflammation does not come from the pharmacy, but from the foods we choose.

 

Choosing the right anti-inflammatory foods, may assist you in reducing your risk of inflammation while constantly picking the wrong ones, could speed up the inflammatory process.

Foods that cause inflammation

  • Refined carbs such as pasta, white bread and pastries.
  • Sugar often found in sodas, candy, ice cream.
  • Saturated fat such as dairy, lard and french fries.
  • Red Meat and processed meats like sausage.

From the list of foods listed above it is recommendable to avoid and limit them as much as possible.

Anti-inflammatory foods

You can try an anti-inflammatory diet by incorporating these foods:

  • Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale
  • Nuts like walnuts and almonds
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruits like oranges
  • Berries like the ones mentioned in this list
  • Healthy fat from olives, avocado and coconut
  • Spices like turmeric
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