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Inflammation: What’s Diet Got to Do with It?

Posted on August 3, 2018


Inflammation gets a bad rap; while it can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it is the body’s natural defense against damage, irritation and illness. It also plays a critical role in the healing process when we are injured. While inflammation has great benefits when it occurs intermittently, long-term inflammation is a bad thing and leads to very serious health consequences. In many cases, inflammation is treated using steroids such as prednisone or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. However, did you know that some foods can also help fight inflammation?

When Is Inflammation a Bad Thing?

As we mentioned, short periods of inflammation are a good thing – they help us heal after injury and allow the body to fight off disease-causing bacteria and virus germs. But, when it persists for days on end, inflammation can become a bad thing. Many people with chronic inflammation experience redness, pain, discomfort and, in some cases, difficulty moving. Inflammation has been linked to the development of many significant health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression.

Foods That Fight Inflammation

While prescription and over-the-counter medications can help, eating a healthy diet can also help to reduce your body’s inflammation levels. Foods to include in your daily diet include:

• Olive oil
• Tomatoes
• Greens including kale, spinach and collard greens
• Nuts
• Berries and other fruits (especially oranges, apples and blueberries)
• Fatty fish, including tuna, salmon and mackerel

Many of these foods are high in antioxidants and polyphenols that help to protect cells from damage caused by long-term inflammation.

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Foods that you should avoid if you suffer from chronic inflammation include:

  • Processed foods such as refined carbohydrates, including white bread, cookies and other pastries
  • Fried foods
  • Soft drinks
  • Red meat and processed meats, including hot dogs, deli meat and sausage

These foods promote inflammation and have also been linked to a higher risk of developing heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. These foods also can contribute to weight gain, which can also increase inflammation levels.

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